Get Weird in the Woods with Backwoods Music Festival

July 8th, 2015


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Let’s face it: by the end of summer, East Coast music festivals can become a tad homogenous. You’ve already been to Randall’s Island, Boston is in your backyard, and Connecticut can’t get its act together – perhaps it’s time to set your sights to the Midwestern adult-summer-camp-meets-electric-party that is Backwoods Camping and Music Festival. For seven years, Backwoods has been a jam-driven festival, its humble beginning dates back to a collection of local artists, musicians, and friends that gathered in the backwoods of Oklahoma to celebrate life, music, and art. This year is poised to be the biggest celebration yet as a massive mixture international artists and local talent descend upon Stroud, OK (along the iconic Route 66) for a three-day celebration that’s going to be worth heading to the Sooner State to celebrate the end of summer.
Following the recent release of the complete lineup, the current showcase features a concentrated mix of international electronic talent interwoven with a variety of diverse and emerging Midwestern American acts. This year’s roster definitely ramps up the electronic energy bringing huge names like Porter Robinson, Infected Mushroom, Odesza, and Dirtyphonics mixed with a variety of live performance acts like Break Science, Twiddle, and The Floozies. Rather than an all-star list of who’s who in 2015, Backwoods has curated a diverse mix sure to excite attendees with some of industry’s recognized stars while exposing rising talents from the Oklahoma area. Bassheads will get their wub fix from Liquid Stranger, Far Too Loud and Circus Records’ Doctor P, or can chill out with a variety of jam acts such as Boombox, Manic Focus, and Papadosio. Solidifying the emergence of glitch-hop and future bass genres as future festival necessities are a number of rising acts such as Com Truise, Kodak to Graph, and Jumpship Astronaut.



While Backwoods is all about jam, its organizers have put together an eclectic mix of summer camp meets Electric Forest with an Oklahoman twist (and at a quarter of the cost) in a synergy of cultural experiences sure to keep more than just one’s ears stimulated. Backwoods is one of the most affordable festival options available this summer – three-day GA tickets for the celebration are now on sale for just $149, with VIP tickets currently at $199; single day GA tickets are between $60 and $100, and single day VIP tickets are between $100 and $150. Attendees will be able to participate in a variety of unconventional festival activities, including helicopter rides, lakeside fishing, fire tower climb, and water volleyball tournament. Secret pathways and artistic installations will light up of the forests of the Tatanka Ranch with exhibitions from Inflatabill, Jenkstars, and the Revolving Door Circus (expect to see more than a cocktail waitress in a clown costume). While the final stage plans have yet to be fully revealed, expect smaller, intimately complex stage designs, including the re-emergence of the self-sustaining SolLun stage from Electric Forest.


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Even though Backwoods promotes a number of artists and acts that might be unfamiliar to East Coasters, this accelerating celebration is not to be slept on. Featuring a wealth of activities for attendees beyond the usual musical lineup, Backwoods caters to the festival attendee who wants to get the most out of their weekend. Described by former attendees as “the best thing to do in Oklahoma” make sure to explore the lineup and stay connected as Backwoods continues to pull forward as establish itself and its rising talents as destination to chill out and get trippy Labor Day weekend.


Porter Robinson
Infected Mushroom
Break Science
Doctor P
The Floozies
Keller Williams
Manic Focus
Liquid Stranger
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Big Wild
Com Truise
Chris Schambacher
Far Too Loud
Kodak to Graph
The Motet
Project 46
Tea Leaf Green
Split Lip Rayfield
Wick-it The Instigator
The Werks
Way Down Wanderers
Washed Out
Dengue Fever
Cadillac Jackson
Bone Jugs n Harmony
Astral Planes
Adam Johnston Band
Adam Ezra Group
Ego Culture
Dr. Plasticine
DJ Niel Mac
Dana Louise
Cowgirl’s Train Set
Cavern Company
Carter Simpson
Calliope Musicals
Fractal Sky
Focal Point

Helen Kelter Skelter
Grinnin Possum
Sam & The Stylees
Hank & Cupcakes
Modern Measure
Willow Way
Will Porter
Von Stomper
The Dead Armadillos
Stephen Salewon
Lady Ocean
Kalyn Fay
Red Dirt Rangers
The Getby
Jumpship Astronaut
Joe Mack
Tyrannosaurus Chicken
Annalise Emerick
Allie Lauren
OK Cloud Factory
New Westerns
Steve Liddell
The Rebellion
The Earful
Kinfolkz and Co.
Freak Juice
DJ Lite Brite
Dirty Creek Bandits
Gravity Feed
Dustin Prinz
Red Wood Rising
Nicky K
Digital Kashmir

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A hybrid child of the 203 & 860, Seth would save up any allowance money he had and raid the dance section of his local CD store for anything with a 4X4 beat. By high school, he organized his area’s first electronic event. While this proved to be a disaster, he wrote a killer college acceptance letter about it - thus a music journalist was born. Today he continues to document from behind the keyboard. When he’s not searching for the perfect emoji or making festival posters/totems, he enjoys long walks into parallel universes, pulling off shameless dance moves, and leading the fight against kids from CT who feel wearing cowboy hats is okay.

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