Sacred Vibrations Festival is Just What the Midwest Needs
Posted September 27, 2017
Summer is fading, but that doesn’t mean we’re done! Sacred Vibrations Music and Arts festival is a new 2-day camping festival taking over Michigan area this fall. Featuring the best of grimey, bassy, and delightful super-power acts such as Ott, Desert Dwellers, and Kalya Scintilla – I couldn’t be more excited. This is just what we needed to delay the post festival-season blues for a few more weeks.
What? Where? When?
This first edition of Sacred Vibrations festival will take place at Salt River Acres, near Shepherd, Michigan. The lineup for this one is absolutely stacked, and will include some personal favourites such as AtYyA, Merkaba, and Whitebear – psychedelic filth that’s a treat to see in this part of the continent. Live artists such as Dixon’s Violin and dubstep destroyers like Peanutbutter Williams are also on the lineup to mix it up and keep us excited. But it isn’t just about the lineup, attendees can look forward to daytime activities including yoga classes, flow workshops, beginner’s digital art, and live paint and glassblowing demonstrations. “We want to create a space for creativity to prosper”, said Sacred Vibration’s Director Matt Connors. The event is presented by Life Style Destinations; an outlet which aims to unite people together through the power of the arts.
This is a family-friendly event and should have something for the whole tribe. (…just remember to put headphones on those little ones, please!)
We want to create a space for creativity to prosper. Our celebration of the human spirit lasts only two days, but the memories created at Sacred Vibrations will last a lifetime.
-Matt Connors, Life Style Destinations
The festivities get going Friday October 6th. Campers can enter the grounds at 10am to set up, with the Pheonix Stage opening at 11:45am and workshops starting at 2:45pm. Even with the early start each day, the party doesn’t stop once the sun sets. Stages will be boomin’ all through the night on Friday and Saturday, ending at 6am. Single day ticket are available for Saturday only, and allow entry at any time after 10am Saturday. Campers must leave the site on Sunday.
Conveniently for nearby Canadians, this event falls on the Thanksgiving long weekend, which means you probably already have Monday the 9th off work or school for a built-in recovery day. If you’re lucky, a Thanksgiving recovery meal may even be waiting for you when you get home!
Online GA tickets are just $100 with camping from Friday to Sunday and can be purchased on EventBrite – an absolute steal for such a well-rounded event. One-day tickets are available for $65. Tickets will also be available at the gate, though these will likely be more expensive; it’s always a good idea to buy in advance when you can. If you are unable to attend, tickets are transferable and can be used by anyone, given they haven’t already been scanned. Always buy from an official promoter or another trusted source whenever possible.
All General Admission weekend tickets include basic car camping and allow you to bring in everything you need for the weekend. In GA, you’ll camp with your car – a convenient option to make the whole trip simple. No lugging camping equipment from the parking lot, a place to stash your gear, and a warm, dry spot to hang out if you need it.
RV passes are available for an extra $20 and include water and electricity hookups, along with a larger camping space.
What To Pack
Number one most important thing to pack for this one is warm clothes.
Let me say it again; BRING WARM CLOTHES. It’s October, folks. Despite the best attempts of global warming, the days may be chilly, the nights will definitely be chilly, and there’s a pretty damn good chance of rain, so pack your boots and poncho while you’re at it. If you’re prepared for it, a little cold and rain won’t hurt a thing. Pack an extra warm jacket, more socks than you think you’ll ever need, and an extra blanket to snuggle up in, and you’ll be good to go.
Food vendors will be on site when you’re ready to replenish, but it’s never a bad idea to bring your own food so you can save money and stay nourished. The festival allows grills for food (a rarity these days) if you prefer to cook, though if you’re lazy like me, I’d leave the grill at home and opt for food that doesn’t need to be cooked. Water will be available, but toss a couple gallons of H2O and some other assorted drinks in your car for each person in attendance, just in case.
My favourite surprise to learn was that Sacred Vibrations allows bikes to get around the venue. If you’ve never been to a festival with a bike, do your best to bring one, because it’s INCREDIBLE. Nothing beats getting from the stage to the campsite in 90 seconds flat when your legs have literally and inevitably died from dancing. Some cheap LED lights or EL wire will make your bike the envy of everyone around you.
How To Get To There
For most people, driving will be the easiest way to get to the festival – GA admission includes camping with your car, which makes driving even more appealing.
For those looking to fly in from further away, MBS is your closest option, about a 30 minute drive from the venue. MBS is small, so although it’s closer, it may be more affordable overall to fly into Grand Rapids or Detroit, both of which are only a 90 minute drive away. From the airport, a car rental or carpool will make it a quick trip to the festival.
If these options don’t work for you, look into Greyhound service into Mt. Pleasant, which will get you within a 15 minute drive of the venue. Mt. Pleasant is quite small, but has daily Greyhound service and 24-hour grocery stores for last minute supply runs. You’ll be able to grab a cab or a carpool from Mt. Pleasant to the venue.
Special Tips for Canadians
Salt River Acres is only a two hour drive from the border in Port Huron, making this an awesome option for Canadians, who frankly don’t get nearly enough festivals like this. (No, Veld isn’t the same.) For any northern visitors, remember to be smart while crossing the border to prevent any issues. Be calm, polite, straightforward, and honest about where you are going, and have paperwork to support your itinerary. Some border agents may grill you about going to a festival, but most won’t care and will wave you through without a second glance. Although it’s tempting to lie, honesty is the best policy. Lying to the CBP is a great way to get yourself uninvited from the USA.
Of course, make sure you know the rules – don’t carry anything illegal, don’t bring too much booze (it’s cheaper in Michigan anyways) and make sure you have the proper credentials to enter the US. If you’ve got nothing to hide, the whole process will be a breeze.
Sacred Vibrations is coming up fast and is sure to be an awesome experience for those who are down for one last late-season adventure. I can’t WAIT to see you all there!