If you’re familiar with the annual Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival then you’re probably thinking to yourself, “This can’t be THE Wakarusa, can it?” Well the answer is yes, this is definitely THE Wakarusa and it’s definitely headed our way June 4-7.
The four-day music festival which is normally held in Lawrence, Kansas has officially parted ways with its hometown of five years and has named Northwest Arkansas as its new location of choice. Beginning this summer, Wakarusa will occupy Mulberry Mountain which is just outside of Ozark, Arkansas.
Last year’s festival, whose lineup included The Flaming Lips, Emmylou Harris, Built to Spill and over 100 other bands, drew about 10,000 people and we’d expect at least that many for 2009 considering the excitement the move to our area will most likely bring.
Details about why the festival has moved are a little cloudy. We do know that the event which normally takes place at Clinton Lake State Park was seeking a special use permit back in October to move to a ranch in Jefferson County, Kansas. Fortunately for us, that permit was unanimously rejected due to concerns over that area’s infrastructure and road use.
This year’s lineup won’t be announced until January but tickets are already on sale at wakarusa.com.
UPDATE: Kevin at Tuned In is also on top of this story.