Inaugural Gnarnia music festival announced



Here's another summer music festival for your calendar - and this time, it's homegrown. The inaugural Gnarnia music festival will take place at the Beech Mountain Resort near Boone on August 9-11.


The festival is the project of Asheville performance artist Bowie Van Ling and promises a roster full of electronic music as well as music from genres as disparate as jazz, folk, New Orleans funk, world music, reggae, classical and bluegrass. Charlotte's own DJ Mindexilir will make an appearance, as well as acts like electronic world music fusion group Beats Antique, "Because I Got High" rapper Afroman, former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's band 7 Walkers, drum-and-bass artist Dieselboy, and Phadroid, an act that blends electronic music and digital art projection.

Gnarnia also offers alternative performances like immersive theater, cirque performers, aerialists, bhangra dancers, stilt walkers, fire dancers, poets, fashion designers, b-boy battles, mud wrestling tournaments and bicycle jousting. There will also be more health-conscious opportunities like guided movement, yoga, meditation and massage along with instructional workshops on activities from urban farming to performance techniques.

The festival follows in the footsteps of an ever-growing number of North Carolina music festivals like MOOGFest, Hopscotch and Bele Chere - although this is certainly the first one where you can both bicycle joust and listen to electronic world music fusion. To take a look at the full lineup and get more information, go to

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