I am very excited about this year’s High Water Music Festival for a number of reasons. It will be my first festival of 2022 with the following weekend of Sweetwater 420 Fest being my second. On top of starting off my 2022 festival run, High Water will be the 30th festival I have attended in my life, making my life goal of attending more festivals than the years I’ve been alive a reality next month. It’s been over a decade of going to festivals that have culminated to this moment, and honestly, High Water is the perfect festival for my 30th one. It’s on the riverfront in Charleston with all the Low Country eats including fresh oysters and low country boils. My inner fat kid is so ready.
As a funny anecdote, I was supposed to be joined by my friends Chad and Caroline at my first festival post-2020 last year, Railbird in Lexington. However, fate had other plans as Chad tore his Achilles a week before the festival. I made the venture by myself and had an amazing weekend. For High Water this year, Chad and Caroline are joining me to make up for lost time and memories. I can’t wait to send it with them while checking out some of my favorite artists including Jack White, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Black Pumas, Caamp, Local Natives, and of course Shovels & Rope.
This festival is unique in that the music is curated by the couple Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst who are better known as Shovels & Rope. I have only been to one other festival like this, Pilgrimage, that was founded and is curated by Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin. I am excited to explore another festival that is crafted by musicians as Pilgrimage was definitely one I will not forget. One very unique thing about High Water is there is no overlap among the sets as there are two stages with alternating shows. To any festival attendee, conflicts among favorite artists are always a struggle to navigate, but this problem is nonexistent at this festival. Each set will be a magical gathering of everyone vibing to the same tunes.
Although the festival is officially sold out, there are still tickets available at a reasonable price in the official resale exchange as well as some high-end options still available that come with Platinum tickets. If you want to truly upgrade your festival experience, High Water still has some special Weekender tickets that include Platinum tickets and an all-inclusive lodging package at two local historic places, the Admiral’s House mansion bed and breakfast, and the Victorian-era Gatekeepers Inn. The Weekender tickets include chef-prepared meals, golf cart service to the festival, and on-site concierge among other perks. If you are looking to go all out for a festival this year, High Water might be the one for you.
I hope to see you at High Water this year, and if not at this festival, one of the many I will be hitting up in 2022. Get ready for the start of another grand year of festival shenanigans!