Backwoods Music Festival is hands down the best kept secret in the festival scene, and after attending this year, we are confident it will grow to be one of the top camping festivals in America. The festival has actually been around for several years, mainly hosting local talent on their previous lineups. But this year they brought in some of the biggest names in electronic music, and turned Tatanka Ranch into a camping festival paradise.
Backwoods took stage production and design to a whole new level this year. From a massive main stage with plenty of room to dance and move around, to stages hidden in the woods only found by wandering through the neon-illuminated trees, there was a stage for every type of person to fall in love with.
Immediately after entering the main gate, the first stage you saw was The Meadow, which was designed as a treehouse stage. Check out the video of The Meadow’s construction.
This stage was probably the coolest in terms of production. As we were wandering around the festival grounds, the massive flames being emitted from the Diskoportal immediately attracted us to check it out. Check out our video below because words can’t do this stage justice.
The size of the room that was transformed into the Elevate stage provided such an intimate experience for the crowd. This was the only part of the festival that we ever felt crowded, but after the first night, they would only allow a set capacity in, which was very necessary.
This mammoth of a main stage blew us away with its production. Built to resemble a castle, people could be seen hundreds of feet off the ground on top of the castle walls. Lasers, beautiful lights, fireworks, LED screens, The Motherland stage had it all.
The Sunday night schedule for Motherland was almost overwhelming, with three of the best sets of the weekend back to back to back. Porter Robinson set the bar high with his live set, where he closed out with Language and a beautiful display of fireworks.
Before even being able to comprehend the flawless set we just saw, Odesza took the stage. The electronic duo never disappoints with their live performances, and Backwoods was probably one of the best we’ve seen yet. They even trapped out for a few minutes, and brought the crowd’s energy to a whole new level.
After Odesza, the electro-funk duo The Floozies closed out the festival in the best way possible, throwing down a funky remix of the theme song to Space Jam.
Check out some more of our photos from the weekend below.