Five Reasons to Get Excited For Gratifly 2014
The Gratifly Festival considers itself “The Southeast’s Premier Transformational Music Festival“ according to their Facebook page, and for good reason: this bold, bright, exciting gathering strives to make space for a “four day celebration of positively-intentioned artistic culture.” This will be the second year that Gratifly will bring together a collection of artists, musicians, teachers, healers, and anyone else willing to be an open-minded participant in this creativity-fostering festival.
Here are my five reasons to get excited for Gratifly 2014…
1) Gratifly 2014 will be held in Westminster, South Carolina from July 24th – 27th. This is the first thing that I am really excited about. The fest is hosted at Avalon, a communally-owned piece of land, nestled in the foothills of Appalachia; as such, it has a beautiful river, lake and many shaded, wooded camping areas. I look forward to participating in a festival that is so intimately intertwined with such a rich part of nature — this will surely be a beneficial and enjoyable aspect of the experience.
2) Secondly, Gratifly has released a phenomenal lineup. Their team has worked hard to put together a dynamic group of artists from across genres. Not only do these musicians represent various musical persuasions, but they also come from a collection of backgrounds and cultures from across the world. Gratifly notes that they will have music running from 4pm to 8am on five separate stages and encourage festival-goers to listen to their favorite artists as well as discover new ones.
So who are these talented forces? Opiuo, Papadosio, The Polish Ambassador, Random Rab, Rising Appalachia, Little People, Gladkill, Desert Dwellers, Earphunk, The Human Experience, the list goes on. Take a moment to visit your tried-and-true acts or discover some new names. This lineup has already infected me with some serious FOMO (“fear of missing out.”)
3) The third reason to be stoked for Gratifly is that alongside the five music stages will be five workshop stages. These stages will provide hands-on activities and workshops in spirituality and yoga, as well as the large-scale festival ceremonies. The intention here is to foster not only individual growth, but sense of community connectivity.
4) The fourth reason to join me in my veritable stokedness for Gratifly is because of their “House of Creation.” This will feature visual art in the form of live painting and art exhibition. Some of their notable artists include: Chris Dyer, Rae Vena, Michael Garfield, Randal Roberts, ODENEDO, DELA, Ashley Foreman, Dustin Spagnola, and more! In my experience, witnessing live art of any kind at a festival has deepened my awareness and broadened my interpretation of the music, workshop or whatever that is accompanying the creation.
5) Lastly, Gratifly has already started to build their community. Their Facebook page notes, “Being a part of the Gratifamily means showing up as your full self in everything you do. We are inviting everyone at an equal level to create this experience. Instead of just being an attendee to an event, you’re a part of something bigger.” This doesn’t necessarily mean just “liking” their Facebook page, but if you do, you can be part of their Core Values Campaign. They’ll be releasing two Core Values each week until the festival. The first one has already been released! Check it out here.
In summation, those are my five reasons to get excited for Gratifly 2014. I hope that I’ve managed to engage you in my excitement for this positively-intentioned festival. Take the time to check out their website and Facebook page. I have only just scratched the surface of what this event has to offer. Gratifly tickets are on sale now and have no crazy hidden fees. Stay tuned for more related announcements, and I hope I will see you all there!
I will leave you with some lasting words from the Gratifly team: “Participants are invited to come with a creative mind and open heart, and experience an intersection of incredible artistic display and music housed in an enchanting array of decor and design. Simply put, this is a life-changing celebration.”