MP3 PREP: Hulaween 2023 Unveils First-Ever Art Programming Lineup
Suwannee Hulaween, an event that has woven its magic for a decade, is set to commemorate its landmark year with a riveting blend of music and art. This year marks a departure from Hulaween’s usual practice, as they’ve unveiled the typically secret Spirit Lake art programming, celebrating a decade of immersive experiences. Held from October 26-29 at the scenic Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, this festival promises a cornucopia of sensory delights, both familiar and novel.
The musical repertoire is as eclectic as ever, featuring powerhouses like The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and Goose. Notably, the electro-soul pioneer Pretty Lights is poised to deliver two spellbinding sets, ensuring fans are in for an auditory treat. As the cherry on top, the festival has announced that tickets have been completely snapped up, reinforcing Hulaween’s magnetic pull in the festival circuit.
While the music promises to be a soul-stirring experience, it’s Spirit Lake’s art offerings that have fans abuzz. With a history of mesmerizing attendees with its array of sculptors, painters, fire/metal workers, and more, this year is no different. Attendees can anticipate 10 brand-new art installations, each symbolizing a year of Hulaween’s rich legacy. From Tyler Schrader’s LED marvel, “The Cosmic Portal,” to Emanuel Zarate Ortiz’s traditional Mexican storytelling-inspired Alebrijes, the range is vast and captivating.
The festival’s commitment to blending innovation with tradition shines brightly with the return of beloved attractions. Incendia’s fiery dance ambiance and the enigmatic Frick Frack Black Jack are set for a comeback, ensuring long-time attendees feel right at home. Meanwhile, newcomers to the festival can immerse themselves in attractions like Essi Rhodes’ interactive “Chatterpillars” and the technology-infused Bioshroom display.’
🔥🥵 That feeling when you’re walking through Spirit Lake and stumble upon a pop up DJ set on the Incindea stage. ❤️🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/UuO09s50Sx
— Suwannee Hulaween (@HulaweenFL) September 14, 2023
At the heart of this artistic renaissance is the new Creative Director, Justin Bolognino, whose prior collaborations include heavyweights like Skrillex, Phish, and Porter Robinson. His debut as Spirit Lake’s Creative Director has been marked by both honoring the classics and ushering in fresh, innovative installations.
In summary, Hulaween’s 10th anniversary promises to be more than a festival — it’s an emblem of a decade-long journey of music, art, and shared memories.