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A Festival for the Ages

By: Justin Kranicki
A Festival for the Ages

by Modern Spaceman

11 months ago

We’re back this week with yet another newcomer to the world of music festivals. Middlelands Music & Art Festival grabbed our attention this year, as it is brand new to the game. Taking place in the heart of Texas, Middlelands appears to be an optimal choice for those looking for something new and exciting for this coming summer. Taking place on May 5-7, this camping festival looks to be one of the first festivals kicking off the summer, perfect for college and high school students just getting out of class and heading home for the season.

Though the lineup has not yet been released, we can be certain that those included will come ready to perform their musical hearts out with the hype of festy-season backing their performances. Our hopes are high for 2017’s lineup thanks to the creative team putting on the festival; Insomniac. In case you’re unaware of Insomniac’s work, they can be held responsible for putting together some of our favorite electronic festivals on the scene like EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest, and Beyond Wonderland. For this specific project, Insomniac has partnered with C3 Presents- a group known for festivals like Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience- to create something we can only anticipate to be a groundbreaking addition to the music festival community.

The idea behind this fest, as the name may suggest, is a middle-age themed music experience. A quick visit to the Middlelands’ homepage will reveal images of what appears to be a similar experience to something like Tomorrowland or Electric forest with characters and actors dressed up in middle-aged attire to help make the experience both enjoyable and interactive. Performers will be walking around the grounds to dance, amuse, and guide you as you take on the festival. The website says that we can expect cyber-wenches, barbarian beauties, neon knights, and other mystifying creatures to accompany us through this journey. However, an interactive group of characters merely scratches the surface of this musical experience. Free rides, sculptures and art will also be in attendance to further the detailed ambiance of Middlelands. The four-dimensional structures said to be included are to be inspired by the elements air, water, and fire. In addition, the stages appear to be very intriguing. Stage names include: Castle Northwoods, Middlelands Arena, The Stronghold, Trinity Vale, and The Wench’s Bay. The attention and abundance of detail relating to the central theme is this festival is definitely noteworthy.

Ticket prices are fairly cheap for this music festival, coming it at $185.00 + fees for general admission. As to be expected, Middlelands will be offering a variety of ticket and camping options to choose from. The downside, camping is to be paid for separate from your ticket. GA camping, or “Fellowship Fields” as a true MiddleLandian would say, costs $165.00 per vehicle. However, there are many other options for camping including group and RV that have potential for lower prices when pooled together between your festival fam. There are also plenty of options to enhance your camping experience with different camp sites and “quarters” for more money that are very enticing as well.

All in all, Middlelands is on its way to be a very successful and exciting festival if everything goes accordingly. It’s certainly worth a glance, especially for those who seek something brand new for this summer. So, spread the word and tell your friends about this adventure for the ages and maybe we’ll see you there!


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