I found out about The Caverns last year when shows started back up again. For those not in the know, it’s an underground cave music venue in southeast Tennessee that has become a bucket list experience for music lovers. I missed out on some amazing shows already, including Jason Isbell, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Jimmy Eat World, but there is a chance at redemption with the upcoming Subterranea Festival this August. With a lineup curated by Papadosio who is playing four sets themselves, this intimate festival is a two-day event taking place in the largest cave at The Caverns that can fit 1,200 people. The festival is stacked with other jamtronic and synthwave acts such as SunSquabi, Doom Flamingo, lespecial, and Cloudchord.
In addition to the standard hotel and transportation packages, the Subterranea Festival is one of the first-ever events of its kind to offer on-site camping at The Caverns. This makes your evening commute to your bed a skip, hop, and a stumble. Note that all camping is not car camping and you will have to walk to your campsite. The on-site camping allows attendees to better immerse themselves in the experience of the festival, especially with any late-night shows. I personally like to camp whenever possible for a festival, so I am very excited about being a pioneer in the camping experience at The Caverns. Camping is a lot more intentional for making friends and memories at any festival, even more so when you have to hike your gear into the campsite. There have been many a time I have had to borrow the proverbial cup of sugar while camping and with friendships forming afterward.
The price breakdown for this festival isn’t too bad for those on a budget. GA admission without camping, where you have to park your cars off-site, is $175 with about $30 in taxes and fees on top of that. If you are wanting to camp as well, Camping GA admission is $215 plus about $35 in taxes and fees. For those looking for the VIP option, the festival offers a VIP Camping ticket for $320 plus about $50 in taxes and fees that offers premium campsite selection, a lounge with snacks and drinks, exclusive signed merch, and even a tour of the cave. If this camping stuff doesn’t appeal to you one bit, there is a Monteagle Mountain Hotel VIP Package priced at $600 plus about $80 in taxes and fees that includes all the perks of VIP Camping plus a concierge and room for two at The Smoke House Lodge.
I am a huge festival junkie and very excited about going to a festival in an underground cave. Subterranea Festival, if it continues past this year, could be a new festival to add to my yearly roster of places to be. Hopefully, I will see you fellow cavemen and cavewomen at this amazing event!