Suwannee Hulaween will celebrate its ten-year anniversary from Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29, 2023, returning home to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. As one of the last truly independent, large-scale music festivals selling out its most recent five events, Hulaween will commemorate a decade of success with one of the most exciting editions yet.
Hulaween’s coveted Spirit Lake is one of the leading immersive art experiences across American festivals, brimming with talented sculptors, fire/metal workers, painters, thespians, and lighting designers. Attendees can revel in lakefront projection mapping, hypnotizing light shows, interactive installations with both visual and performance art, and catch performances at Spirit Lake’s four stages.
To celebrate the decade milestone, Spirit Lake has unveiled a comprehensive list of art programming for the first time in Hulaween’s history. The festival typically keeps all art programming a secret for attendees until they arrive on-site. This year, each artist and art collective will be credited across the festival app, website, onsite signage, and more. At the helm of this new era for Spirit Lake is the new Creative Director, Justin Bolognino, who is the CEO and co-founder of META and has worked with the likes of Skrillex, Phish, Questlove, Porter Robinson, Tiësto, and many more.
There are a number of Spirit Lake classics that will be returning for Hulaween’s 2023 edition including the highly-anticipated daily projection mapping from professionals Jasper & Shelby Mosher. Hulaween fan-favorite and highly recognized art stage concept Incendia from Cory Glenn will return to once again ignite the dancefloor. Serving as one of the stages of Spirit Lake, Incendia’s unique design utilizes a proprietary fire-capturing technique to create an illuminating glow that provides an unparalleled ambiance for the crowd. Other Spirit Lake regulars like the infamous Frick Frack Black Jack led by Marvelous Marv, Mural Maze, and towering sculptural pieces will be making a return.
This year will feature a selection of ten brand-new art installations and concepts that will contribute to making this the largest Spirit Lake ever. Tyler Schrader will debut a double-sided, interactive, wooden LED sculpture known as The Cosmic Portal which will feature 5,000 LEDs with the other side projection-mapped. Essi Rhodes’ installation titled Chatterpillars will consist of two human-sized caterpillars meant to inspire a change in perspective. Subloominal & Voxeleyes will showcase interactive bioluminescent mushrooms in their Bioshroom display. Fans can look forward to more installations such as Daniel Shields’ UV-reactive Portal Prism, Charlie BlackCat Smith’s flame-infused interactive steel sculpture, The Fleeble Flobbler, Tyson Ayers’ The Sound Cave, Gnome Village Minis from John Grillo, a unique Campground Stage Design from Hannah Miller and Justin Bolognino, and brand design + illustration from Young & Sick.
Hulaween has also just released the official 2023 schedule including the newly-announced second set from electro-soul pioneer Pretty Lights who will perform The Meadow Stage’s closing set on both Saturday and Sunday evening. Find tickets to the 99% sold-out festival here.