As we are only days away from High Water Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, I am getting super antsy. Granted, I did hit up a slew of festivals last fall including Railbird, Music Midtown, Pilgrimage, Shaky Knees, and HiJinx, however, it’s been three years since any of us have had the opportunity to hit up spring/early summer festivals. It’s exciting to see festivals slowly get back to pre-pandemic normalcy. There is still that cautionary air about them with the uncertainty of cancellations, but I think we are definitely past the hump of the pandemic. Also, High Water will be the 30th festival I have attended in my life, hitting a major milestone for myself.
Since last year, one big thing that has changed is the vaccination requirement for festivals. Last year most festivals, and most live events for that matter, required either vaccination or a negative covid test. It was a pain for some that have forgotten their cards such as myself as it adds one extra thing to worry about before entering a festival. Luckily, I just had to walk back to my car to get my vaccination card. This year there seems to be a pivot away from requiring vaccinations or negative tests. High Water is not requiring either for attendance. I think this is a truly positive sign of change for many as we move forward towards normalcy. We will have to see what other festivals require and if they will follow suit.
What I’m most excited about for this festival is the two headliners, My Morning Jacket and Jack White. My Morning Jacket is a vibe when they play a festival, especially when they have a two-hour slot. I saw them do a two-hour headliner set for Railbird in 2021, and it was such a magical show. Jim James has such a velvety voice that just melts your soul when it comes across your ears. And that’s only Saturday night. Sunday we have the infamous Jack White touring on his latest album release, Fear Of The Dawn. It has been many years since I’ve seen Jack White perform, and I am a huge fan of all his projects including the Raconteurs and his original band The White Stripes. He usually plays material from all of his body of work, but I expect him to focus more on his recent songwriting. It will be a treat to have him close out the festival.
I hope to see y’all at High Water in Charleston. As tickets are mostly sold out, the festival will be a wild ride and kick-off the 2022 festival season for many including myself. Looking forward to a bright 2022 with many more festivals to come.