Located in charming Charleston, South Carolina, Woodlands Festival has all the potential makings of a great music festival with a homegrown vibe and plenty of fun to be had by all. Spanish moss adorns the drive into the festival grounds which are tucked away behind the trees and situated near 3 beautiful lakes with plenty of great spots to camp.
The schedule was set up perfectly to allow the Main stage (aka Rock stage \mm/) and Cove stage (aka Roll stage) to bounce back and forth without competition and kept a perfect pace of music flowing with the Woods stage providing a relaxed atmosphere to escape to. Local vendors were aplenty and the security was friendly and helpful which lent a mellow atmosphere to the already beautiful environment.
The first 2 days of the fest had some balmy weather to accompany them, but this didn’t stop those in attendance from enjoying everything the festival had to offer. Not too many festivals offer you the chance to kayak or paddle board on-site, and they even had a fishing expedition to finish things out for those who were interested (which included many of the Umphrey’s band and crew).
Umphrey’s McGee brought the full weight of their unique ability to deliver show-stopping performances and delivered 4 excellent sets over the weekend. Voodoo Visionary gave a notably engaging performance Friday showing their musical prowess by switching instruments throughout their set and dispelling the chill in the air with their warm reggae vibes.
The festival had an enjoyably eclectic lineup which provided a welcomed variety for attendees. The weekend was filled with time tested favorite acts such as The New Deal and Turkuaz, while also welcoming some familiar up and coming talent, (check out Doom Flamingo and Robotrio).
One thing we really liked about this festival is that they donate a portion of their proceeds to the American Red Cross for disaster relief, giving an emphasis on the impact the organization has during hurricane season in the area. We look forward to watching this festival grow as people discover everything it has to offer.
Check out the PHOTO STORIES gallery from Friday and Saturday evening at Woodlands Music & Arts Festival courtesy of photographer Ellison White (@Ellisonwhite89)