Here's Why We're Counting The Days 'Til Hulaween 2023 July 27, 2023 14:22

Words and Photos by Isom Morgan

Isom Morgan Photography

In late October, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park  in Live Oak, FL will transform into an entity known as Hulaween. Hulaween has established itself as one of the premier annual music and arts festivals in the world. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, festival organizers hit it out of the park with their lineup for 2023. The dynamic lineup showcases a diverse genre blending list of musical talent. Taking place October 26th – October 29th, this festival should be on your radar for must see festivals this year.

The headlining acts for the 10th annual Hulaween are phenomenal. One headliner in creating significant buzz in the music world on the date of the initial drop was Pretty Lights. After a 5 year hiatus, Pretty Lights announced his 27 date Soundship Spacesystem tour, with Hulaween being the only east coast festival on the tour.  With all of Pretty Lights upcoming shows being sold out, this set will be a must see for those in attendance.  

Host band The String Cheese Incident will of course keep the Hula tradition going and play three nights of music throughout the weekend. One of SCI’s performances will be a special themed “She-Bang” set on Saturday night. Trey Anastasio Band and Goose will perform back to back sets on the same night. Festival goers will certainly be anticipating a possible collaboration between the two bands that evening; considering their joint tour across the northeast in the fall of 2022.  Other jamband headliners include Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.

Electronic music lovers are in for a treat as Hulaween welcomes tech-house wizard John Summit, Grammy-nominated producer Elderbrook, house producer/vocalist Channel Tres (DJ set), and Big Wild to the stages as headliners. Filling in the hip-hop headlining spot is rapper/singer Smino.  Mt. Joy will bring their unique indie-rock sound to round the list of headliners for this years Suwannee Hulaween.

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Additional performers included in this year's lineup include the funky sounds of Lettuce, Maryland natives Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Kitchen Dwellers for the bluegrass lovers, Jennifer Hartswick Band and Eddie Roberts (formerly of The New Mastersounds) & The Lucky Strokes. DOMI & JD Beck may be one of the most intriguing and exciting acts on the bill. This young duo is as loaded with talent as any that you will find. 

There are numerous acts supporting the electronic element of Hula, such as Manic Focus, BLOND:ISH, Gioli & Assia, Boogie T, Marvel Years, MZG, and Lab Group, just to name a few. 

The 10th Annual Hulaween lineup has over 90 acts total covering an array of genres. The festival is also known for the way creators transform the lake located the middle of Suwannee Music Park into “Spirit Lake.”  Spirit Lake is an immersive art experience that has proved to be one of the best on the festival scene. Artists, dancers, fire spinners, lighting designers, fire/metal crafters, aerialists, projector mappers, and other performers come from all around the world to help create a truly out of this world mind blowing art experience.  

Suwannee Music park is as beautiful of a property as you can find, with the Suwannee River running right thru it. Draped with spanish moss in the trees and lush landscape throughout the park, it has proved itself to be the perfect venue for those who want camp and dance under stars all night long throughout the weekend. As we reflect back on past memories and begin to mentally prepare for the 10th year of Hula, there is simply no doubt that this will be the festival's strongest outing to date. 

Check out the official Hulaween 2023 hype video here: