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AURA 4: 7 Reasons We’re Going Back For More

AURA 4: 7 Reasons We’re Going Back For More

With less than a month to go, anticipation to get to back to the annual AURA Music & Arts Festival has finally kicked into high gear. With so many intriguing announcements recently, AURA 4 plans to attract both its loyal fam following, along with a hefty load of neophytes with mega headliners and an exciting new venue to call home. In case you’re still on the fence about making the trip, here are seven reasons to pencil in AURA at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, set for February 15 through 17, 2013.

With less than a month to go, anticipation to get to back to the annual AURA Music & Arts Festival has finally kicked into high gear. With so many intriguing announcements recently, AURA 4 plans to attract both its loyal fam following, along with a hefty load of neophytes with mega headliners and an exciting new venue to call home. In case you’re still on the fence about making the trip, here are seven reasons to pencil in AURA at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, set for February 15 through 17, 2013.

1. A new place to call home
AURA’s rapid expansion has led the festival to outgrow its previous home, and move to its third site in four years, in the magical woodlands of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Home to premier festivals such as Wanee, Suwannee Springfest and Bear Creek, SOSMP is known as Florida’s most prominent site for camping festivals, and will surely prove to be a wonderful new home for the AURA family. The change of venue will enable more organized campgrounds, a slew of new attendees, a larger vending area, along with allowing the confirmation of more widely renowned acts to commit to the ever-growing fest.

2. Solid returning acts
Kung Fu (two sets), Dopapod (two sets), The Heavy Pets (two sets), Papadosio (two sets), DrFameus (Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits) and Greenhouse Lounge will, once again, be joining the AURA family to help concoct a weekend for the ages. Having the opportunity re-experience two sets of most of the heavy hitters of years past is always a big perk at AURA. And, who could forget about the Stevie Wonder tribute? The ass-kicking, judo-chopping, funkadelic ninjas of Kung Fu will be teaming up with Nigel Hall for what is already slated to be one of the highlights of the weekend. After an extremely busy year for all parties involved, it looks like AURA is panning out to be one helluva funky family fiesta.

3. The virgin acts
AURA will be welcoming a number of new performers this February, including dominant acts such as Break Science, Perpetual Groove (two sets), Conspirator (two consecutive sets) and a special RAQ reunion set. Yes, that’s right – despite having not toured since 2008, RAQ will, indeed, be “BAQ!” However, the musical gifts don’t end there; receiving two sets from Conspirator is also a rare treat, so don’t be surprised if bobbly bassist, Marc Brownstein, has some tricks up his sleeve. Along with Conspirator, the recent announcement of Break Science joining the lineup integrates a more progressive taste for AURA, which has focused on a more jam-friendly vibe in years past. Adding in more electro-influenced talent helps add both diversity to AURA’s roster, as well as its projected attendance this year.

4. More eye candy
Since its inception, AURA’s emphasis on visual artists has helped add an extra dimension to the whole experience. Having the opportunity to witness the translation of artistic inspiration and expression is something that has distinguished AURA among other festivals. AURA 4 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more visual performers, as well as an onsite art gallery that will most definitely encapsulate the majesty of the weekend.

5. Late-night madness
This year, it seems the late-night roster is stronger than ever. The Silent Disco, for one, will include every conceivable sub-genre of electronic music, and will keep the dance floor packed through the wee hours of the morning.  Club Bujak will also be bumping on Friday and Saturday from 2 a.m. until 4:30 a.m., featuring intimate performances from electro superstar Jeff Bujak. After hearing nothing but great things about Club Bujak at Catskill Chill, we were elated to see the addition, and can’t wait to see what’s in store. In addition, the Tribal Council’s Dome is back again, certainly with some weird and wild antics occurring for those looking to indulge in some unconventional fun.

6. Campfires!
One of the most intimate things about the inaugural AURA was that attendees had these intimate campfire hangs. Some featured music, others allowed everyone to mingle and make new friends. After not being able to host campfires since, having this privilege back is very exciting for the returners who’ve been attending since that first amazing weekend back at Sertoma Youth Ranch. The campfire ambiance is such a gift at a music festival, and grouping around the warming flames at Suwannee always produces some of the best memories of any festival weekend.

7. Yoga (in the woods)
Having the opportunity to participate in an intimate yoga workshop with Kelly Searcy and fellow attendees can help cultivate the special bonds made at a music festival, in an entirely different setting than the stage rage norm. Sharing positive energy and good vibes in the Suwanee woods is always an ideal way to kick off a fun-filled day of love, family and music at AURA.

Whether it’s in tree pose under the oak forest, by the campfire’s glow, or up front riding the rail like a festie champ, we can’t wait to see everyone back for another milestone AURA. For more information on AURA, visit auramusicfestival.com.

Photos by Melodysiac © 2013

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victor

January 22nd, 2013

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