More on Wakarusa's arrival in Northwest Arkansas

December 12th, 2008 at 6:07 am

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The Flaming Lips try to woo a girl (in their weird, cosmic way) through song in this clip of “Do You Realize,” recorded at the 2008 Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. The 2009 version of the festival is coming to Northwest Arkansas.

So, now that everyone has heard the happy news that the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is moving to Northwest Arkansas in 2009, it’s time to start providing some details.

Here is what we’ve discovered:

Brett Mosiman, director of Wakarusa, had been looking for a new home for several years. After searching locations in Kansas, Ohio, Colorado and elsewhere, he picked Mulberry Mountain, north of Ozark on Arkansas 23, in large part because of its natural beauty.

It all came about pretty suddenly, said Dewey Patton, who oversees the Mulberry site and is the director of the annual Mulberry Mountain Music and Camping Festival (formerly the Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival).

It was just a few weeks ago that Mosiman and company checked out the local site. The move to Arkansas was announced Wednesday (Dec. 10).

Here is the best news of all: Both men are committed to having the music festivals exist peacefully together and help each other grow. Wakarusa is scheduled for June 4-7; Mulberry follows a little more than two months later from Aug. 13-15.

Learn more about the move in our story here. Or, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offers another take here.

Tickets are already on sale for Wakarusa and are $79 though Dec. 31. That ticket price does not cover camping fees, and camping passes will not be available until the lineup for the event is released sometime in January, although a few bloggers are already speculating on some of the bands.

This is a clearly a major coup for Northwest Arkansas, and we here at the blog welcome Wakarusa to the area.

And, of course, as more information arrives about performers, tickets or artist announcements, we’ll keep you posted.

  • dgold

    Thanks for the investigative reporting Kevin K. It sounds like we get the best of both worlds with Wakarusa coming in for June, and Mulberry Mountain Music Fest coming again to the same site just a couple months later in August. There’s a synergy there. The 2 festivals in the past have had certain similar flavors. I wouldn’t want to give up one for the other. Arkansas is lucky to be the middle of all this for summer 2009.

    Dgold from Honest Tunes radio