Get Ready for Sacred Vibrations’ Sophomore Year Posted September 26, 2018

Who’s ready for round two?! We sure are!  Sacred Vibrations Music and Arts Festival is preparing hard for its second visit to Salt River Acres in a couple short weeks, from October 4-6th, and it’s sure to please.


If you haven’t heard of Sacred Vibrations – get familiar, because this young festival is gaining popularity faster than we ever could have imagined. The festival’s first year in 2017 brought an amazing and diverse lineup with a dedicated crowd of attendees, and 2018 is looking even better. This year’s headliners include electronic rock fusion superstars Papadosio, freeform bass newcomer LSDream, the jammy goodness of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, and many more.


Sacred Vibrations is held at the natural and beautiful Salt River Acres Oct 4-6th in Shepherd, MI, just a short drive from Detroit, Chicago, or the Canadian border. It’s convenient enough to town for a quick supply run as needed, but rural enough to feel like you’re truly getting out of the city for a weekend.


The festival is a special one because it focuses on not just music, but a wide variety of arts and workshops. Be sure to spend some time shopping the plethora of handmade goods in the artisan’s market, and swing by the gallery to check out some weird and wonderful art from many talented visual artists. Each day features a variety of classes such as yoga, glass blowing, digeridoo, or songwriting, along with healing sessions, meditation, sound baths, silent disco, and more.


The music at this one could be described as just a degree more “weird” (in a good way!) than most popular festivals, featuring plenty of psychedelic vibes, filthy bass, grimey beats, and jammy goodness. Some personal favourites to look out for include Thriftworks, Bluetech, Psymbionic, Govinda, Goopsteppa, Freddy Todd, AtYyA, Whitebear, and the ever mesmerizing Dixon’s Violin.


Saturday morning gong meditation at Sacred Vibrations
Saturday morning gong meditation at Sacred Vibrations


Camping from Friday to Sunday is included with every ticket.  Staying over night is recommended, since music runs almost 24/7. The venue hosts camping events throughout the year, making it a perfect spot for an overnight festival, with treed areas and picnic tables throughout the grounds, and RV power and water hookups for a very reasonable $50. Last year’s camping was open concept, but organized – pick a row and park at the end. Grab a Thursday pre-party ticket if you’d like to get the weekend started early, which will let you grab the best camping spots and get a little extra time to meet your fantastic neighbours.


You won’t need any special gear for this festival, your normal camping gear will do just fine. Feel free to BYOB (no glass), and bring your own food or buy it on site. That being said – October in Michigan can be unpredictable, so consider packing some extra warm blankets and sweaters, a raincoat, an umbrella, and some rain boots, as the nights tend to get chilly and rain is very likely.


String art in the forest at Sacred Vibrations
String art in the forest at Sacred Vibration


The overall vibe at Sacred Vibrations is the perfect combination of laidback, casual, and relaxing when it needs to be, but wonderful and crazy when you want it to be. Bring a chair and hang out with your neighbours, dance around the bonfire, or throw down to a filthy set in the barn. Everyone is friendly and willing to chat, so get out there and make some friends.


Tickets for this year’s Sacred Vibrations can be purchased via Eventbrite here. $120 gets you a weekend ticket including camping and allows entrance starting at 10am on Friday morning. RV camping, early entry, and VIP can also be purchased via the same link.

Hope to see you all soon!


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