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Highberry on the Mountain: 2016 Changes Promise a More Vibrant Festival Than Ever

If you live in the Ozark Mountain region you've likely been asked about your attendance status of Highberry Music Fest. As the festival's date moves closer, the inquiry has grown louder.

A festival that once quietly nestled within the private family farms of Jon Walker & Chris Anderson, is now hosting it's ever-growing crowd on a new plot of land-- Mulberry Mountain. 

Ever since Highberry's transition from private to public in 2013, the festival has been held at Byrd's Adventure Center in Ozark, AR. With the retirement announcement of Wakarusa late last year, Highberry Fest jumped on the opportunity at larger grounds. 

"We wanted a bigger venue that could handle larger acts. Plus, we wanted to keep the magic of Mulberry Mountain,” said event founder and producer, Jon Walker, on their transition.

Though the festival will still remain relatively intimate with a 4,000 person cap & only two main stages, the larger venue will allow festival goers to better engage with the natural landscape. Framed by swimming holes, waterfalls, gentle hikes, and the Mulberry River, the festival will offer the opportunity for a quintessential Arkansas weekend.

Produced July 4th weekend (June 30 - July 3rd, officially), Highberry on the Mountain promises to offer a festive and communal Independence Day celebration. Though fireworks are not allowed entrance by festival patrons, the event planners promise a bombastic performance at the festival's close, Sunday evening. 

Come get your groove on all weekend with returning acts like Keller Williams and The 1 Oz. Jig and first ever Highberry performers like Desert Dwellers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Papadosio, and Wookiefoot. Check out the full line up here. 

Highberry Festival will include more than just music, offering a unique way to spend time between shows. . Morning and evening (candlelit!) yoga, hoop classes, crafting, crystal healing, and kids only experiences will be available throughout.  

This festival experience is produced by Deadhead Productions. The Highberry gates will open at 8a on Thursday, June 30. Tickets are still available for purchase though will also be avaialble at the gates. Tickets are available as one, two, three, or full four day passes. 

For more information head on over to Highberry's website. To RSVP and commune with all the other beautiful souls heading to the Mulberry the first week of July, check out their Facebook event page. Until then, hope to see you all out on the mountain!

Photos by Jamie Seed Photography | @jamieseedphotography | jamieseed.com