Midsommar’s Festival: A Defiance and Celebration of Nature
Midsommar’s Festival is a summer solstice music festival and day-long experience happening Saturday, June 26th from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Leigh Acres – and you’re not going to want to miss this. The festival’s hosts encourage white and floral attire and, while libations won’t be on sale, it’s BYOB with camping spots available. The festival will be an all-night celebration revolving around four rock and metal bands though there’s far more than just music on offer. Bonfires, yoga, massage, a maypole, merchandise vendors, and more will be stationed throughout the festival grounds, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own acoustic music makers to contribute to the solstice vibe.
The summer solstice, also known as estival solstice or midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Festivals themselves are unique to the human race – no other creature gathers for the sole purpose of revelry and celebration. Music is an integral part of this revelry.
Obed Edom – Experimental, long form, trance inducing rock band
XY Spaces – Vaudeville meets metal
Dropdiver – Dirty rock-n-roll
Evelyna – Traditional metal
Over the last year, COVID has not only taken a toll on the physical health of humanity as a whole but has damaged our collective psyche. Now, we are all coming together to heal and celebrate as a unified force – to mark the beginning of summer, the end of isolation, and the rebirth of us all. There is no better personification of both humanity’s defiance and revelrous nature than through gatherings and music, a festival of metal. A Midsommar Festival.
“Music is a part of it but it is also an excuse to get out in the fresh air and have a good time,” promises Austin, one of Midsommer Festival’s orchestrators. Know Huntsville and HuntsvilleMusic.com met with him and Ben, both musicians with headlining band Obed Edom and the hosts of the festival, to find out their motivations for creating the festival and what we can expect to find there.
Grace is the Content Director of HuntsvilleMusic.com and lives in Madison, AL, which really isn’t that far, guys.
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