5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Summer Set
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival falls this weekend, and if you haven’t bought your ticket yet and started planning your trip – it’s time to call in sick/make sure your 5th grandmother is still doing alright, because this Midwest festival is about to outdo itself.
Each year, the creators of Summer Set aim to step up their game. They want to make the people happy, and everyone likes dancing room. If everyone was at one stage, there wouldn’t be any room to get up close and personal with the artists, let alone dance. So, they keep adding stages. This year’s new stage is called The Meadow Stage and it sits in between the newly expanded Grove Stage and the Main Stage. More stages allows for maximum music at all times. If you’re one to jump from stage to stage, its easy to do so with Summer Set’s setup. Of course, all the existing stages are still there – The Big Top, The Main Stage and The Grove Stage have all been primed and prepped for a memorable experience. Nothing is worse than good music coming from bad speakers. A stage can’t be memorable without great sound. Bassnectar himself – yeah, the guy who likes to turn it up real loud – praised Summer Set last year for their seamless and feedback-free sound system. Even the heaviest bass sounds smooth and put together at each of Summer Set’s stages, so even bad music will probably sound good. But, of course there won’t be any bad music at Summer Set this year with the lineup they’ve put together.
Summer Set’s lineup is mind blowing every single year. Even in its humble beginnings, the fest was bringing in huge hip hop acts as well as several famed electronic and jam artists that one usually wouldn’t see in an inaugural year. This year’s headliners include Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, The Weeknd, and deadmau5 (yes, deadmau5!). Other acts on the bill include Die Antwoord, Odesza, Bone Thugs N Harmony (yes, all of them), Cloud Cult, and a ton more. We’re pretty sure this festival can’t get any bigger at this point. How did Summer Set land such an amazing lineup? All the organizers of the fest are seasoned vets from area cities. Majestic Madison (Madison, WI), SIMShows (Twin Cities), and React Presents (Chicago) have all put their heads together to bring the biggest names from around the globe for this one. Did we mention that the ticket prices are unbeatable for this festival? With similar acts as Ultra, Coachella, Lollapalooza and the like, you won’t be paying an arm and a leg to go to Summer Set. They’ve made the decision quite easy for everyone on that front.
We’re pretty sure Summer Set can’t get any bigger, not only when it comes to the lineup, but the actual space itself. Summer Set’s campground had to be expanded several times since its first year. Held at the Somerset Amphitheater in the small town of Somerset, WI, the location is a great place for fest-ing. There is a river nearby for swimming and tubing, the landscape itself is hilly and full of trees, and yes there is a corn field smack dab in the middle of it (Hello, Wisconsin). But, even with some cultivating and expanding, you can only push nature so far (eventually you’ll hit the highway). After making the North Campground tent only, the Amphitheater has been pushed to the brim, but it doesn’t take away from the small festival feel. Smaller festivals are easier to navigate and easier to get from place to place – from the music to your friends and back again. The lineup is always larger than life, but the space still holds its intimate feel which is much to be appreciated.
Summer Set has a unique way of approaching after parties. Instead of keeping the music going until 3AM, leaving everyone to either stay at the festival or pass out. They’ve decided to cut the music a little early so those who want to party at their camp site won’t miss out on any music. Those who still want to rock out can head to the Grove Stage for the scheduled after parties that go until 2AM. This year’s afters include GRiZ and Haywire on Friday with The Floozies and Tone Loc on Saturday. The intimate setting of the afters allows for maximum dance room at the Grove with some of the funkiest artists on the lineup. Everyone gets the best of both worlds with these on-site afters, plus yet again the prices are unbeatable.
Heading to the festival from the Twin Cities? For those in the North Campground, or camping with friends, there’s no need to buy a parking pass and worry about your car all weekend. Summer Set is offering shuttles from the famous North Ave. venue in downtown Minneapolis. Those headed to the fest can purchase their tickets here for their scheduled shuttle to and from the festival daily. While the shuttles aren’t free, its better to guarantee a spot rather than wait in line for 3 hours to cram onto a disorganized bus that’s too full, no one wants that after a night of dancing. Seats are still available, so scoop them up while they’re still there.
Overall, this year’s Summer Set is bound to be groundbreaking. The festival continues to push its own limits, while still pushing to satisfy those who keep coming back each year. Of course, there are more than just 5 reasons to go to Summer Set – The experience is what the whole thing is about, enjoy it safely and among friends.