Announcements for the 2016 festival season is rolling in, however, not all of them are that exciting. Namely, the recent news out of Wakarusa’s camp has us bummed out. According to organizers, the festival was “significantly damaged by partners claiming to share our vision,” and it will not be held next year. Read the full statement below:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Wakarusa will take 2016 off.

Wakarusa has been a labor of love for all of us these last twelve years. We have been defiantly independent and unique since our inception. Together we created a magical 5 day event that stood out from the rest. We’ve taken great pride in what we’ve created with you and for you over the last decade plus. The Waka community (friends, family, fans, musicians, artists, performers, volunteers, staff) has really been the heart and soul of what Wakarusa IS. This community shares a natural passion for what is truly genuine. Wakarusa is wonderfully original – it is organic, mystical and always marvelously weird, and like Wakarusa, you too are decidedly different and perfectly magnificent.

As such, you deserve to know the principal reason behind our hiatus:

Wakarusa was significantly damaged by partners claiming to share our vision. Sadly, they lied. They are being dealt with appropriately through the legal system. Further, we have found that the universe is often much more effective in dealing with these perpetrators than the legal system. Regardless, it is our sincere hope and anticipation that what we have built together – we will once again enjoy on our beloved and magical mountain.

For now, we shall dust ourselves off. We must take time to recharge our faith and our energy. Passionate people do not throw in the towel because of a bump in the road. We look brightly toward the future. We will bring more music and more art and many more wickedly unrivaled memories. We know the world is a better place when there is more music and more love.

Our scrape with the unsavory has lead us to realize what is most important to us, which is all of YOU (you and you…and you too). So in our brief absence, please stay in touch and look out for each other. Take special care to really nurture what is most important in each of your lives. There is simply too much to be down or discouraged about in this world. Be the beacon of joy and hope – we need more of that in this world. So now we do ask that you share your positive energy with us. We’ll use it as our strength and inspiration to create an even better WAKA experience that is ever more magical. With your help, we will bring Wakarusa back to Mulberry Mountain.

Until then, be safe, spread your positivity and your light and remember to always remain marvelously weird!”

Boo! Let’s cross our fingers for their return in 2017.

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Wakarusa Past & Current Lineup(s)

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Wakarusa Festival 2015 Lineup

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Major Lazer
The Roots
Thievery Corporation
Hermitude
STS9
Umphrey’s McGee
Slightly Stoopid
Chance the Rapper
Rebelution
Young the Giant
Portugal. The Man
Big Gigantic
Dirty Heads
Lotus
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Thomas Jack
Matisyahu
Gigantic Underground Conspiracy
Paper Diamond
EOTO
SAVOY
Galactic with Macy Gray
Bro Safari
The Floozies
The Devil Makes Three
Ozomatli
Galactic
Quixotic
Collie Buddz
The White Panda
Glass Animals
BoomBox
Trigger Hippy
Donavon Frankenreiter
Nahko and Medicine for the People
The Expendables
Dilated Peoples
The Growlers
Moon Taxi
GIVERS
Reptar
Rustie
Goldfish
Goldroom
Kap Slap
Minnesota
The Gaslamp Killer
Conspirator
Old 97’s
The Revivalists
MarchFourth!
Chali 2Na
Split Lip Rayfield
Jamestown Revival
Judah & The Lion
Rising Appalachia
DESTRUCTO
Antiserum
Moody Good
Particle
Dopapod
Twiddle
Rob Garza
Trippy Turtle
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Wick-it the Instigator
KOPECKY
HONEYHONEY
Stick Figure
Quantic
Govinda
Russ Liquid
Janover & reSUNator
ProbCause
Lindsay Lowend
jackLNDN
Gladkill
Andy Frasco
FORGOTTEN SPACE
The Delta Saints
The Magic Beans
Kawehi
Nattali Rize & Notis
Johnny Stimson
Matthew Curry
The Nth Power
Stokeswood
Jakubi
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Ben Miller Band
Fruition
Dirtfoot
Mountain Sprout
Cure for the Common
Nadus
Greenhouse Lounge
Late Night Radio
Archnemesis
Krooked Drivers
Yojimbo
TAUK
Ghost Owl
The Human Experience
Natural Child
The Mantras
Henry + The Invisibles
Gravity A
The Fritz
KOA
Hearts of Darkness
Hembree
Old Shoe
Dustin Thomas
Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy
Mouth
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters
Coyote Union
Play Dead

Wakarusa Festival 2014 Lineup

The String Cheese Incident
BASSNECTAR
The Flaming Lips
STS9
Umphrey’s McGee
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Michael Franti & Spearhead
John Butler Trio
Infected Mushroom FUNGUSAMONGUS
Adventure Club
Rusko
Dr. Dog
Lettuce
Xavier Rudd
Walk Off The Earth
EOTO
Vintage Trouble
3LAU
Iration
The Green
Claude VonStroke
Wookiefoot
Papadosio
The Werks
Cherub
BoomBox
Minnesota
Alvin Risk
heRobust
The Floozies
The Knocks
Robert DeLong
Black Joe Lewis
Reignwolf
The Mowgli’s
Turnpike Troubadours
J Roddy Walston and The Business
Murder By Death
Moon Taxi
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Poolside
ill.Gates
Ott.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
Nahko and Medicine for the People
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
The Pimps of Joytime
The Revivalists
Break Science
Orgone
Gigamesh
Phutureprimitive
ill-esha
Wick-it the Instigator
Penguin Prison DJ Set w/ Live Vocals
Keys N Krates
Andy Frasco
The Magic Beans
That 1 Guy
Dopapod
Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll
Mike Love
Leagues
Random Rab
Jay Fay
The Hood Internet
Fortunate Youth
The Funk Hunters
Govinda
Fort Knox Five
Kung Fu
Dirtfoot
Mountain Sprout
Twiddle
Mountain Standard Time
Old Shoe
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Wild Child
Ben Miller Band
Treetop Flyers
Air Dubai
The Weeks
Moon Hooch
Uncle Lucius
The Black Cadillacs
SuperVision
D.V.S*
Mouth
Red Eye Gravy
Knox Hamilton
Thriftworks
DJ Stickybuds
Buku
Freddy Todd
ProbCause
Manic Focus
Up Until Now
Space Capone
Rusty Shackle
Fruition
Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders
Caroline Rose
The Silent Comedy
Indubious
Wheeland Brothers
Coyote Union
The Tarlatans
Atlas Road Crew
American Lions
Calliope Musicals
Cirrus Minor
ClusterPluck
Cowgirl’s Train Set
The Dirty Creek Bandits
The Doctors and The Lawyers
Foley’s Van
Funk You
Gravity Feed
Hog MaGundy
James and the Devil
Lowdown Brass Band
Ro Hempel Band
Sunset to Burns
We Live in Public
Fractal Sky
Filibusta
MONTU
Mikey Rodge
So Down
HODJ
Thumpur

Wakarusa Festival 2013 Lineup

Widespread Panic
Dispatch
STS9
The Black Crowes
Amon Tobin
Snoop Lion
Umphrey’s McGee
Younder Mountain String Band
Gogol Bordello
Zeds Dead
Of Monsters and Men
GROUPLOVE
SOJA
Rebelution
Quixotic
Galactic
Shpongle
Tipper
MUTEMATH
Son Volt
Ozomatli
EOTO
SAVOY
RJD2
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Gramatik
Los Amigos Invisibles
Calexico
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Del the Funky Homosapien
Bombino
J Boog
Allen Stone
Figure
Emancipator
AraabMUZIK
GRiZ
Icona Pop
Felix Cartal
Baauer
The Polish Ambassador
Minnesota
The Green
BoomBox
Papadosio
Wallpaper.
Red Baraat
Milo Greene
The Floozies
Anuhea
Zion I
ZOOGMA
The Werks
Delta Rae
Langhorne Slim
ZZ Ward
Moon Taxi
The Motet
Shovels & Rope
The Bright Light Social Hour
Deap Vally
New Monsoon
Lyrics Born
The Coup
Band of Heathens
HeRobust
GAUDI
RUN DMT
RL Grime
Wick-it the Instigator
Andreilien (Heyoka)
The Whigs
Half Moon Run
Karsh Kale
Janover & reSUNator
Bluetech
Kidnap Kid
Abakus
Lance Herbstrong
Lord T & Eloise
Cherub
Govinda
D.V.S.*
DJ SOLO
Xaver
Samples
The Apache Relay
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Mingo Fishtrap
Earphunk
Afrolicious
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Flow Tribe
The Brothers Comatose
Nic Cowan
Mountain Sprout
Dirtfoot
Spoonfed Tribe
Tornado Rider
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Jon Wayne and the Pain
David Wax Museum
Spirit Family Reunion
The Last Bison
Mountain Standard Time
Old Shoe
The Magic Beans
HOly Ghost Tent Revival
Buffalo Killers
Dumptruck Butterlips
The Ben Miller Band
Eitch
The Human Experience
The 1 oz. Jig
Technicolor Tone Factory
Papagoya
Genome
Old Salt Union
Cornerstone Dub
Flipoff Pirates
Stephen Neeper Band
Captain Comfy
Buddha’s Groove Shoes
Mighty Shady
Henry + The Invisibles
The Effinays
Agori Tribe
Shedding Watts
Lazy Locomotive

Wakarusa Festival Performances

Wakarusa 2013 Official Preview

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