You Won’t Regret Summer Set
While browsing the Internet last summer I stumbled across the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival and thought, “Wow those are cheap tickets and that lineup is stacked.” This year they followed suit with 100 dollar 3 day general passes for a festival headlining with STS9, Girl Talk, Big Gigantic, and Passion Pit. Keep in mind the camping and vehicle pass are separate from general admission, but it is set up in a group-friendly way,meaning the more people you get in your crew, and the more efficient the transportation to the event, the easier it will be to save some serious dough on a high-grade electronic experience.
This festival, which will be held in Somerset, Wisconsin from August 9th to 11th, has three stages. The main stage is the behemoth Somerset Amphitheater, followed by a small outdoor stage on the backside of the amphitheater, and a hockey rink stage that provides the lights day in and day out. The stages are a nice little walk from the camping area so bring a good pair of walking shoes because it could make the difference between catching your favorite set or missing it all together. The terrain is steep and rocky in certain places. Hopefully this year they add a shuttle service like several other festivals of its stature, as well as a third stage to sustain musical variety when the hockey rink is at capacity.
At Summer Set Music and Camping Festival there is a big emphasis on the camping. They offer shuttles to and from the nearby Apple River, giving all campers a chance to cool down on a one day river float. I can’t speak for this year, but last year there was a huge bladder set up behind the amphitheater’s sound booth that participants jumped onto from about 80 feet in the air. It is a pretty quick way to cool down as well. They also had plenty of art, glass art, clothes, and accessory vendors on site.
I would say my only complaint about this year is that Umphrey’s Mcgee will not be present on the lineup, but PapaDosio, The Werks, The Wailers, BoomBox, and Greensky Bluegrass will make up for the loss of the jam band presence on the ticket to satisfy the instrumentalists.
The staff at Summer Set Music and Camping Festival is wonderfully kind and very responsive to danger. Last year a few sites down, a fellow busted a windshield out, causing a big altercation, and the festival security called in the police who were on the scene in 15 minutes. (It turns out the owner of that windshield was my roommate’s good friend from back in high school. It was a small world moment.) Summer Set managed their first year as if they were seasoned veterans because there were not any complications with water, restrooms, or scheduling.
Also be sure to check out their recap video as well. Their website and ticket information can be found here. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. See you when the sun goes down at Summer Set 2013!