Preparing for CounterPoint 2015
Last year, we were excited to head back to CounterPoint Music Festival in the spring of 2014.
This year, the festival has been moved (again) to Memorial Day weekend in May. It was moved from the original fest in fall 2012 at Chattahoochee Hills to Kingston Downs but after a year and a half off. It looks like festival organizers have settled on a location for this unique event. Hopefully, after this year, they can finally settle on a weekend! Really honing in on a consistent date and location helps the festival become a home and place for people to travel back to every year. It gives the festival more of a big ol’ family reunion feel. I am excited to return to Kingston Downs and its lovely rolling hills of grass. That was one part of last year’s CounterPoint I enjoyed the most. It’s a really beautiful location. Hopefully, this year will have better weather! Being three weeks away, we can’t look at the forecast quite yet to make any predictions. However, average temperatures for Memorial Day weekend in Rome, GA look mighty pleasant at mid 80’s for the highs and high 50’s for the lows. Rain is always a possibility in the region, especially in summer. I will always advise festival goers to take rain boots and a rain jacket ***just in case*** (I believe there’s a bit of dark magic in there somewhere, if you don’t bring rain gear, you’re just taunting the clouds).
CounterPoint is changing up a little more than just the date. This year, the previously EDM, hip hop, and indy rock predominant lineup saw the additions of some huge players on the jam band scene. CP EDM veterans Excision and Griz will be alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Umphrey’s McGee and Georgia’s own, Widespread Panic! These additions have made CounterPoint a must-see event to a wider variety of concert goers than past years. I have always been impressed with MCP’s ability to make a unique lineup. CP 2015 doesn’t look like anything else out there. Some headliners in common with other festivals but adding things like Kygo, Brodinski, Gorgon City and Goldfish really show that organizers are looking into up and coming artists instead of just what’s popular now. Oh, and The Roots will please everyone ?
A quick guide to buying tickets (but hopefully, everyone’s already got one!): CounterPoint is a Camping Optional festival. General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased by anyone and if you wish to camp on site, you must purchase a companion camping pass to have access to the camp grounds. There are also camping options. You can either do car camping or not, where you park in a parking lot a short distance from the camp site and carry your belongings to the campsite (like at Summer Camp or TomorrowWorld-except expect a much shorter walk with your gear).
Click HERE for Camping info
Click HERE for Parking info
There is going to be a lot going on at the venue this year! MCP festivals always do a good job adding bits and pieces of art throughout the site to make the grounds a little more fun and entertaining. This year, there will be live painting on varying scales of canvas’. 2015 will also welcome Incendia, which is a new company that has been successfully adding a little something different to festival landscapes all over the southeast! Check ’em out!!!!
For any other info on CounterPoint 2015, check out the very useful website! http://www.counterpointfestival.com/info/