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Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain 2021

A unique blend of music and visual and performing arts in the heart of Ozark National Forest

The Backwoods Music Festival is a three-day music and arts event held around Memorial Day Weekend or a week after at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. The festival is known for its eclectic lineups combining indie, Electronic Dance Music, jam, and hip hop. Backwoods Festival was founded as a small event in 2008, featuring red dirt, folk, and indie bands, but over the years it has expanded its reach and moved to an iconic location, where Wakarusa Music Festival used to take place.

In addition to music, the Backwoods Music Festival also showcases performances and art installations. Interactive visual art is one of the features of the festival. For fidgets, there are various athletic experiences and activities from helicopter rides, volleyball and billiards tournaments to hoop dance and yoga workshops. A water park and a Ferris Wheel also add some excitement to the scene. There is also an excellent campsite and lots of delicious food as well as shopping.

Three main stages of the festival host about 150 musical artists throughout the weekend. Previous lineups of the festival have featured such artists and bands as Rezz, Umphrey’s McGee, Odesza, STST9, Infected Mushroom, Griz, Snails, BoomBox, Porter Robinson, Break Science, Dirtyphonics, Dieselboy, Doctor P, The Floozies, Lettuce, Manic Focus, Keller Williams, Papadosio, Andy Frasco & the UN, Big Wild, Earphunk, Com Truise, Far Too Loud, Kodak to Graph, Tea Leaf Green, Aqueous, EOTO, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Motet.

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