A truly remarkable east coast music festival is hard to come by, so when one escalates through the ranks, east coast music lovers respond quickly. One making its mark in the reggae-rock world is Reggae Rise Up Florida every March; another is New England's Levitate Festival every July. But, with so much passion encapsulated in the growing alt-reggae scene, there simply isn't enough events for east coasters to look forward to throughout the calendar year. Enter, Surrounded By The Sound: four days of music and more over Labor Day Weekend in upstate South Carolina, presented by members of the industry themselves. That's right, Sun-Dried Vibes frontman Zach Fowler and fellow bandmates brought this fest to life six years ago under the original moniker 'Irie Vibes Festival', with sponsors from local vendors and a grassroots mentality that comes along with personally experiencing the growing movement firsthand. Once the fest reached Year 5, Fowler and friends thought it was dire time to expand and rebrand, rendering the first official Surrounded By The Sound Music & Arts Festival (and Irie Vibes fans everywhere rejoiced).
If you're looking for the most enjoyable and memorable holiday weekend this fall in sunny South Carolina, Surrounded By The Sound is where you want to be…
Posited at the Chattooga River Resort and Campground in Long Creek, South Carolina, SBTS spans three full days of pure festival merriment over Labor Day Weekend, along with a Thursday night pre-party, with an emphasis on music, art, educational workshops, extreme sports and more. What's the 'extreme sports' about, you ask? Last year, SBTS attendees had a chance to show off their disc golf skills in an ultimate frisbee throwdown; it is unclear at this time if this competition will continue for 2018 although if canceled, the event will surely host something similar in its stead. If you're looking for the most enjoyable and memorable holiday weekend this fall in sunny South Carolina, Surrounded By The Sound is where you want to be August 31st to September 2nd.
Activities aside, let's dive right into the 2018 lineup. Naturally, Sun-Dried Vibes will perform alongside a myriad of other popular bands in the music scene: New Kingston, Iya Terra, Tropidelic, Treehouse!, Of Good Nature, Roots of a Rebellion, Tatanka, Oogee Wawa, The Ries Brothers, Jahman Brahman, Signal Fire, Ted Bowne (of Passafire), The Dubber, Higher Education, Lovely Budz, Elephant Convoy, See Water, Little Stranger, Ire, Jahlistic, Something Like Seduction, Bubba Love, E. Mills, Panski, Elemtree Livity Project, The Instructors, Derlee, Sopoz, Sensi Trails, Galaxy Girl, Beyond Bridges, Nomadic Culture, Mr. Headies, and Dub Spider… with more to be announced! And, that's not even the headliners. Closing down the three nights will be one-man band extroadinaire Zach Deputy, one of the most renowned tribute bands of all time Badfish and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, who need no explanation. That's not all, either… lest we forget to mention the stacked Thursday night pre-party. Kicking off the weekend will be Resinated, with direct support from The Elovaters, Natti Lovejoys, Space Coast Family Jam and Kaya's Embrace. With such diversity on the bill, SBTS 2018 will be one for the record books!
Following in the footsteps of years prior, SBTS remains an all-ages camping event, with tickets ranging from $150 general admission weekend passes all the way to the $500 Ultimate VIP package. All weekend passes include camping although RV and car camping will cost you an additional fee. Now that the full lineup has been announced, single day tickets are available for purchase, as well as Thursday pre-party passes at the ultra low cost of $40 (which also enables you early access to the campgrounds!!). A VIP upgrade starts as low as $125 on top of GA, with premium viewing areas, VIP camping and shuttle busses to the event, daily free finger food, a 2018 collectable T-shirt and more! Want to really go all out? The Ultimate VIP package consists of everything VIPs get, yet your pass, camping and hospitality gets an almighty 'artist' label on it. Only 20 spots are available for that kind of exclusive access, so act fast if you want to live the artist life at SBTS this fall. For more information, visit www.surroundedbythesound.com.