Sol Fest Music & Arts Festival just released their Phase 1 lineup and let me tell you, this third edition is massive. Everything happens Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5, 2024. In the past, the fest took place at Bama Slam Waterpark & Campground in New Brockton, Alabama but get ready for something immersive as the new venue will knock your socks off. That’s right everyone, we’re going camping at this four-day music and arts camping experience taking place at Vortex Spring in Ponce de Leon, Florida. It’s an exciting new chapter!!!
Sol Fest 2024’s Phase 1 lineup is going to knock your socks off. Remember, this is only phase one of the lineup, folks! While previous editions have been bass-heavy, now we’re looking at a more diverse lineup. We even have some jam bands coming to the party! Headliners include Canadian producer and two-time winner of JUNO Awards’ Electronic Album of the Year REZZ, two sets from French trailblazer CloZee, and psychedelic bass purveyor LSDREAM. Additional headliners include Canadian duo Bob Moses with a club set, melodic bass maestro Dabin, House Call Records boss Dr. Fresch, British singer, songwriter, and producer Elderbrook, experimental bass wizard G Jones, funk band Lettuce, and genre-blending bass act Of The Trees.
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Additionally, Sol Fest will feature special performances from Barclay Crenshaw, Flowdan and LSDREAM. Claude VonStroke will deliver a highly-anticipated set under his bass alias Barclay Crenshaw featuring Flowdan. The London-based grime MC and record producer Flowdan, who has collaborated with artists like Skrillex and Fred Again.., will also perform two sets, in addition to his performance with Barclay Crenshaw. LSDREAM will perform a special Lightcode set which is an immersive sonic healing experience featuring original music, guided meditations, and sound baths. Sol Fest will also feature daily waterpark parties hosted by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Two Feet, English drum & bass duo Chase & Status, as well as takeovers from CloZee’s Odyzey imprint and Dr. Fresch’s House Call Records.
The lineup for Sol Fest 2024 also boasts a wide array of talented support acts, including genre-blending keyboard/drummer duo Break Science, Atlanta electro-soul artist Daily Bread, a b2b between dubstep kings Dirt Monkey and Smoakland, bass experimentalist Eprom, boundary-pushing producer/guitarist Emancipator, a b2b between groundbreaking producers IMANU and Machinedrum, Denver-based electro-soul artist Manic Focus, drum n’ bass pioneer Netsky, heady bass master Opiuo, a wave music b2b between Skeler and Deadcrow, British producer/singer-songwriter Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), sound design-oriented bass producer Yheti, and joyful bass queen Maddy O’Neal.
Vortex Spring – Ponce de Leon, Florida
In 2024, Sol Fest will host its event at a brand-new venue: Vortex Spring. This is known as the famed freshwater diving facility in Ponce De Leon, Florida. The 500+ acre recreational camping and dive park offers a tropical wonderland perfect for camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. When attendees want a break from dancing, they can ride the waves down six epic water slides, relax on the beach beside palm trees, or float along the clear blue water spring, pumping out a refreshing 28 million gallons of water everyday. Isn’t that so cool? Pack your swimsuit and join in on the water fun! Other activities include underwater cave diving, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding; the grounds also provide a dive shop and general store, where you can get scuba and snorkeling gear. Winning!
The Vortex Spring campground will include shaded pine forest glamping and camping options, in addition to on-site showers, restrooms, and housing. There will also be shaded RV sites with 30/50 AMP hookups and a two-story VIP building with A/C and an indoor and outdoor balcony.
The magic of Sol Fest is rounded out by Sol Sunday: the festival’s annual memorial segment that pays homage to their dear friend Quentin “Sol” Rupp, a passionate festival-goer who passed away at the age of 26. Sol Sunday includes, amongst other things, a special interactive sun lantern effigy burn and slideshow, where attendees can honor those in their own lives who have passed. The spirit of Sol Sunday reflects the ethos that Sol Fest has made its identity: an inclusive, close knit event that from top to bottom represents community, equality, and diversity – including for women and LGBTQ rights.
If you weren’t already sold on getting your tickets, you should check all the other epic things happening at Sol Fest. The festival will also feature live and digital art installations, murals, hologram water screen shows, therapeutic workshops such as breathwork, yoga, and sound healing, as well as other daytime activities and games such as Frick Frack Blackjack, Sonic Portal, disc golf, tie-dying, and body marbling – a list that further highlights the festival’s dedication to emotional and social wellness. Additionally, there will be 40+ food, merch, and craft vendors onsite.
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Sol Fest will offer a variety of ticketing and camping options, so you’ve got plenty of choices! The standard 4-Day GA Ticket offers a 4-day festival pass with access to the waterslides, swimming, river float zone, and other festival amenities such as the on-site general store, tube rental shop, and daytime activities.
Enhance your weekend with epic 4-Day VIP Tickets! Holders of these kinds of passes will have access to a VIP air-conditioned indoor lounge with exclusive VIP only secret sets, concierge & on-site restrooms, VIP viewing at the main stage, air conditioned restrooms, exclusive VIP bar, exclusive VIP entrance, a Sol Fest merch pack, and free showers.
Even better than that- 5-Day VIP+ Ticket holders get all of the above in addition to breakfast & lunch catering (Fri-Sun), exclusive VIP Lounge balcony access, daily drink tickets, water excursion discounts, and a free Wednesday Waterpark Early Arrival.
Want to camp? For car camping options, the Primitive GA Car Camping option includes (4) nights of camping in a 20×20 space, while the VIP Celestial Camping option includes a 20×20 space in a premium location next to the festival entrance, air-conditioned bathrooms, campground showers, and beauty bars and vendors. Exciting time!
For RV options, the Primitive RV Camping includes 20x 50 space but doesn’t include power, water, or sewage, while the Power RV pass includes a 20×50 space with a power hookup. The Shaded Power/Water RV pass includes a 20×50 space in a shaded mossy oak and pine campground close to the festival entrance and swimming area, a picnic table area, and water and power hookups.
For Glamping Packages, there is the VIP Glamping Package, which includes (2) VIP 4-day passes, (2) Wednesday early arrival passes, parking for 1 vehicle, and (4) nights in the pre-set bell tent which features a lock, bed with bedding, nightstand, storage, decor rug, and power supply. The Celestial Campground VIP+ Glamping Package includes all of the above, but upgraded to VIP+ passes with all the aforementioned VIP+ amenities.
There is also a Group Camping option – a 4,000 sq foot area of prime camping space for 10 vehicles.
The festival’s previous two renditions in 2022 and 2023 were hosted at Bama Slam Waterpark & Campground in New Brockton, Alabama. In 2023, the festival welcomed over 5,500 attendees from 48 states and 7+ countries. Previous editions have hosted a variety of electronic music acts primarily in the bass music genre including headliners Liquid Stranger, Zeds Dead, Mersiv, Manic Focus, Minnesota, Mr. Bill, and Yheti.