The festival´s story begins in 2008 under the name Backwoods Bash, a non-profit event to benefit kids in need of technology and other school supplies over Memorial Day Weekend at Keystone Lake Park in Prue, Oklahoma. Initially it brought pure Red Dirt, Folk, Indie, Jamband, and Americana music.

After seven years as a non-profit event with several different benefactors, the festival gained investors and evolved by adding top-notch electronic music to the lineup. In 2014, this ¨cross over¨ festival changed names to Backwoods Music Festival as well as changed locations to be along the infamous Route 66 in Stroud Oklahoma.

Now Backwoods Music Festival is located at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark Arkansas, the former home of Wakarusa.

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The 11th installment brings bass heads, bluegrass folk and jamband fans together as attendees will experience headliners like Zeds Dead, G Jones, REZZ, Peekaboo, Space Jesus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Infamous Stringdusters Umphrey Mcgee. As the festival approaches, take your chance to play in the woods. Backwoods is holding battles for your band or personal project to win a slot on the lineup. Click here to enter.

Beyond the music there will be performing artists, epic art installations, and activities such as a Ferris Wheel, helicopter rides, water park activities, volleyball, billiards tournaments, free yoga classes, and hoop dance workshops serve as other attractions.

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Until March 31st, you can also apply to be a visual artist, visual performer, promoter, volunteer, vendor or press.

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Visual artists and performers include live painting or performing Silks, Lyra, Fire Poi, or any other awesome talent. Volunteers will get free admission to the festival and a bunch of cool perks. In all these roles, you will be in the mix, working with incredible people and other music industry professionals. Apply today.

Enjoy the documentary of Backwoods Music Festival

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Listen to our Backwoods playlist as you scope the 2019 lineup.

Backwoods Music Festival 2019 Lineup

Backwoods Music Festival Lineup

Get access to even more sets and another stage, join the CounterKulture Sound Camp.

Backwoods Music Festival CounterKulture Sound Camp

We are thrilled to be a part of such a well-loved event with a mysterious edge provided my the magic of Mulberry Mountain and deep lineup. Yheti´s extended sunrise set will be a beautiful moment in time, among so many others in the great Arkansas wilderness. Take your chance to join the Backwoods story as an artist or as the protagonist festival goer. Join now.

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On Saturday morning, March 30th, tune into the Inner Verse Podcast with Jamie Seed for a festie preview. Keep up with the latest updates via the following social media handles.

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