STS9 will headline the 10th annual Utopia Fest when the event moves to its new location in Burnet, TX—roughly an hour outside of Austin—from November 2nd to 4th. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Patty Griffin, Valerie June, Grandmaster Flash, Keller Williams, and Rubblebucket are also set to perform at the eclectic gathering.
Other acts on the bill include Keller Williams and The Hillbenders’ Tom Petty tribute band PettyGrass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet project, and funk supergroup The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, among many others. Fans will have no trouble catching all of the music on hand, as the festival operates with a “no overlapping sets” ethos.
Additionally, after nine years at the Four Sisters Ranch in Uvalde County, TX, Utopia Fest will rebrand as Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks and move to a new 100-acre property along a flowing fork on the San Gabriel River. According to the Austin Chronicle, the expansive new space will allow organizers to accommodate up to 6,000 attendees, a significant increase from the 2,000-person cap at previous editions of the festival.
“What attracted me to this place is that, even though it’s closer to Austin, there’s no sign of civilization,” festival founder Travis Sutherland told the publication. “At first, I didn’t look at the move as the beginning of a new chapter. I was just looking for a place to transplant Utopia that was a worthy successor to the ranch. When I came here, I saw that it was special and had a lot of potential.”
Tickets for the Utopia Fest Down In The Oaks are currently on sale.