Summer Camp Festival Celebrates Eclectic Music Lineup on Memorial Day 2014

February 27th, 2014


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Let’s face it – the festival experience just isn’t the same if you’re not camping. Summer Camp Festival takes this to heart, making camping the primary focus of the weekend. The Memorial Day celebration has been ongoing since 2001 in Chillicothe, IL. This year, the festival takes place May 23rd to 25th at Three Sisters Park, with a pre-party set for May 22nd.
GA Festival Passes (which include camping) are on sale now: Tier 1 costs $192 after fees, increasing as tickets are sold. This makes Summer Camp one of the most affordable festivals this year. Pre-party tickets, which require a GA pass, cost $30 before fees. The pre-party includes early camping as well as first dibs on camping spots and live music. VIP Festival Passes start at $200, including pre-party passes as well as air-conditioned bathrooms, VIP showers, massages, band meet and greets, and a VIP bar. For those on a budget, Summer Camp also offers a three-part layaway plan, or One-Day tickets for Sunday only. And, volunteers are offered free admission, pending a $15 security deposit.


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More and more festivals are hopping on the green train, and Summer Camp is no exception; their green initiative includes an extensive volunteer effort. Trash is sorted based on recyclables, compostables, and landfill waste in color-coded bins accessible to both volunteers and attendees. All electronics are run of off biodiesel generators, and, as an added effort, Summer Camp calculates their annual carbon footprint and promises to offset it 100%. Nonprofit organizations also set up shop to spread environmental awareness, set up workshops for kids and adults alike, and hold collection drives. Summer Camp may feature some great music, but its biggest benefit is how intensely the festival gives back.


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Sounds range from indie, folk, and bluegrass to house, dubstep, and hip hop. Electro fans can look forward to a large assortment of old favorites and new loves. Keeping with the down-to-earth hippie feel of the festival are experimental artists Beats AntiqueEOTO,and Future Rock, all three of which combine acoustic rock and indie with progressive house and trance influences. Some lesser known artists include DJ Solo, whose background in production lends to an all-inclusive sound (he plays hip hop, electro, top 40, and more), Manic Focus, who features trippy, rhythmic melodies, Positive Vibr8ions, a bass/dubstep group with both uptempo dance tracks and chillwave features, and Robotic Pirate Monkey, whose trippy bass lines are reminiscent of Mimosa or Big Gigantic.


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Those who prefer bass-heavy house and dubstep can look forward to moombahton and trap from Bro Safari and Bassnectar. Interestingly enough, considering Bassnectar’s history with festivals, this is his only announced festival set of the summer. One act not to miss on this lineup is Keller Williams, a folk musician who combines his background in rock, electronica, jazz, and reggae. He is known to connect his guitars not just to filter pedals but to a looper pedal, combining them with synth processors, drum machines, theremins, and Korg processors.


Summer Camp Festival also features Red Barn Late Nights, events that take place in a limited-capacity barn after the festival gates close; tickets cost $25, but other late-night events entertainment happens for free, including campfire jams and two performance tents, including the Late Night Vibe Tent, which has hosted electronic events such as Paper Diamond and Skrillex in the past.
The second round lineup for this year’s Summer Camp Festival will be released soon, with plenty more artists to add to your list of must-sees.


Umphrey’s McGee
Zac Brown Band
Afternoon Moon
Beats Antique
Big Leg Emma
Bones Jugs N Harmony
Break Science
Bro Safari
Caroline Rose
Chicago Farmer’s New feat with Old Shoe
Cosby Sweater
Family Groove Company
Future Rock
Head For The Hills
Henhouse Prowlers
Greensky Bluegrass
Green Lantern
Keller Williams

Leroy Justice
Manic Focus
Mike Dillon Band
Mike Layne Band
Nahko & Medicine for the People
Old Shoe
Pimps of Joytime
Positive Vibr8ions
Robotic Pirate Monkey
Slightly Stoopid
Sun Stereo
The Black Cadillacs
The Delta Saints
The Devil Makes Three
The Floozies
The London Souls
The Manhattan Project
The Motet
The Werks
The Wheeland Brothers
This Must Be The Band
Trey Anastasio Band
UV Hippo
Wick-It The Instigator
Wolfgang Gartner
Yonder Mountain String Band


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  Written by contributor Sarah Ribeiro. Find her on Twitter here.

With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.