The Scene: Night of the Loving Dead @ Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

For its 5th birthday, Suwannee’s Hulaween celebrated with a sold out show, capping tickets at 20,000 and welcoming eager attendees for a weekend of spooktastic shows. With over 800 acres of enchanting forests, The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida proves itself once again as a pristine autumn festival location. Even when temps dropped below average, campsite bonfires only made the experience that much more authentic.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Pitted during a period of political upheaval in a world seemingly tipped on its head, the theme for this year’s Hulaween was appropriately named ‘Night of the Loving Dead’, where organizers told attendees that “the only requirement is that you inject whatever you wear with a ghoulish portion of LOVE. In 2017, love is the answer, love wins.”

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Since its inception in 2013, Hulaween has grown into one of the premier festivals of the southeast, where a lack of varied lineups have ceased to exist until 2016 when Okeechobee Music Festival debuted in South Florida. Although still heavy with electronic and jam band artists since it’s inception, Hulaween breaks the barriers of catering to a specific genre by offering music for enthusiasts of all kinds.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

One of the best acoustically sounding areas in the park is the amphitheater – a bowl shaped stage draped with Spanish moss hanging from surrounding trees creating a cobwebbed feel. This year the amphitheater was packed to the brim with fans for indie artists like Portugal. The Man, jazz-electronic artist FKJ, and hip-hop cult classic Run the Jewels.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

The main stage, decked out with the now iconic giant HULA block letters, saw artists like festival hosts the String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, and Griz bringing attendees to their feet, grooving long into the night.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

However, defining the Suwannee experience to its core is the interactive playground and stage that is Spirit Lake. This psychedelic space is almost reminiscent to a tiny, forested Burning Man. With its celestial art installations wrapping around Spirit Lake, jetting between giant oaks and Florida shrubbery, the area becomes a real life dream for festies. Adding to the Halloween spirit, costume clad performance artists are seen in every corner of Spirit Lake beckoning attendees to come play.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Once again, Hulaween produced a masterpiece of an event where all walks of life can join together for a brief moment of time in a visionary, forest paradise. If you don’t have Hulaween 2018 on your list, do yourself a favor and make the trek down for a weekend you won’t forget.

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Spirit of Suwanee Hulaween 2017

Want to hear more about Alex’s adventures? Check out her travel & music website at TheWaywardWalrus.com!

Falling asleep to concert DVDs as a wee tot next her to her Dad at decibels surely scorned by doctors, Alex’s passion for music sprouted alongside classics like The Beatles, Zeppelin, and Joplin. During her time at Florida State University she learned, much to the dismay of said Dad, that other music existed besides classic rock and thus began her voyage to music festivals far and wide. Typically seen cradling a camera under her arm, you can catch Alex traversing the globe for her next adventure.

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