In early May, STS9 announced that they’d be hosting an intimate four-day camping festival in the small town of Belden, California from August 16th to 19th, in partnership with Euphonic Conceptions and Cervantes’. At the time of the soft announcement during the third and final show of STS9’s recent run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, details about the new festival—dubbed Wave Spell Live—were sparse. However, today, STS9 has revealed more details about the festival, and we’re more excited than ever.
Wave Spell will host four days of music across the festival’s three stages, including a beach stage that will host most of the late-night and sunrise music. Perhaps most intriguingly, Wave Spell is slated to take place at Belden Town, California—a town with a population of seven. As explained by the promoters, for the event, Wave Spell will rent the entire town, meaning that the town’s residents will totally leave. Given this, there will be absolutely no noise ordinances or curfews, meaning that the festival can go as late as it wants and be as loud as it wants. With these special circumstances, sunrise sets are a given.
For the festival, attendees will be shuttled into Belden Town across a bridge and will have access to the town’s main street, which includes a general store, restaurant, hotel, RV park, campgrounds, and a beach leading to a river, which you can tube down and swim in. Given the intimate location of the event, there will be a limited number of tickets available for Wave Spell, and the festival will only sell four-day weekend passes—meaning there will be no single day tickets for sale. Furthermore, there will be a very limited number of RV hookups available at the venue, with an even more limited amount of hotel rooms available for booking at the small hotel onsite.
Outside of this insane, too-good-to-be-true venue, Wave Spell Live boasts a massive lineup. STS9, the host band, will play nine sets total—with six sets of traditional STS9 fare and three “Wave Spell” sets, which will be all improvised. These Wave Spell sets take their name from the band’s two improvisational Wave Spell releases that dropped earlier this year.
Outside of nine sets from STS9 across four days, Wave Spell Live will also see a headlining set from BAAD Quartet, a supergroup composed of Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic), Alana Rocklin (STS9), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), and Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live/Break Science). The festival will also host sets from David Phipps (solo), Zach Velmer, eDIT (Glitch Mob), Ooah (Glitch Mob), SunSquabi (two nights), Manic Focus, Charlesthefirst (two nights), Michal Menert, Antennae, Maddy O’Neal (two nights), Yak Attack (two nights), An-Ten-Nae, Chris Karns (Pretty Lights Live), and many more, in addition to stand-up comedy about STS9 and the jam band scene by NY-based comedy team Wokes with Jokes. The festival also notes to expect more announcements and artist confirmations in coming weeks.
Tickets for this massive four-day party thrown by STS9, Euphonic Conceptions, and Cervantes’ go on sale on Tuesday, June 5th, in the afternoon. Early bird pricing will be $279 dollars, eventually rising to $299, then $329, and finally $329. Wave Spell is also offering a payment plan that will allow people to secure their tickets for only $100 down. However, given the limited number of tickets, it’s very likely the festival will sell out during its initial on-sale, so don’t sleep on these tickets!
Peep the initial lineup for STS9’s Wave Spell Live—scheduled for August 16th to 19th in Belden Town, California—below. For more information, head to the festival’s website here. Tickets go on sale on Friday at noon.
Wave Spell Live Initial 2018 Lineup:
STS9 (9 Sets; 6 regular, 3 Wave Spell/improvisational)
BAAD Quartet: Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic), Alana Rocklin (STS9), Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live)
eDIT (of the Glitch Mob)
Ooah (of the Glitch Mob)
Sunsquabi (2 Nights)
Charlesthefirst (2 Sets)
Telefon Tel Aviv
Maddy O’Neal (2 Nights)
David Phipps (Solo)
Yak Attack (2 Nights)
Adam Deitch (of Lettuce)
Borahm Lee (of Pretty Lights Live)
Chris Karns (of Pretty Lights Live)
Megan Hamilton (2 Nights)
WOKES WITH JOKES