Gnarnia is coming!
Festivals are increasingly becoming a part of the mainstream music experience. Music lovers now have the option of seeking out and finding a festival that is a right fit for them. You will soon see a higher demand for something that takes a music festival to the next level. Half a dozen cool stages featuring popular artists, an eco-village, and a few rides are not going to cut it; that’s your dime-a-dozen festival experience these days. Festivals really need to take the attendee to the next level, beyond just witnessing great music. Festivals goers demand now a full experience that will transport you to a new world where anything is possible, where you can see things that have never been seen.
One festival that has this potential is Gnarnia. Seriously, this festival as it all. First off, of course, the lineup is awesome. It features top notch electronic artists including Beats Antique, Gramatik, Paper Diamond, Tipper, Dieselboy, Break Science, Ott, Papadosio, and 12th Planet. Secondly, there will be tons of awesome “activities.” Daily yoga sessions, a break-dance contest, a costume ball (featuring exclusive performances only for those dressed to impress), slam poetry, a mud wrestling competition, a bike jousting competition (I kid you not), and a fashion show with an emphasis on sustainability and eco-fashion all will be available at the fest. Finally, there will be awesome performances including immersive theatre, cirque performers, aerialists, bhangra dancers, stilt walkers, and fire dancers.
If you’re saying to yourself, “Damn, bike jousting? Mud wrestling? Beats Antique? I’m sold!” just wait, because another big seller for Gnarnia is location, location, location. Gnarnia is located on Beech Mountain in North Carolina and boasts being the highest town in eastern USA at 5,500 feet. A ski lift will bring you to the top of the mountain for special performances and workshops.There happens to be a Wizard of Oz enchanted forest theme park right next door that festival goers can hit up for just $10. After your trip to Oz, you’ll want to scope out the mountain. There are tons of hiking trails that feature panoramas and waterfalls. There are also lodgings nearby (some close enough you can get to and from the festival by foot), so attendees can actually stay in hotels to get good rest and keep clean (of course camping is also available).
I really think this festival will be the highlight of most people’s summers. It features all the ingredients of an amazing, well-rounded experience. Definitely worth making the trek! The festival will be from Aug. 9-11, 2012. Check out more info at www.gnarniathefestival.com