With a stellar lineup consisting of both bands and DJ’s, Luna Light Music and Arts Festival is sure to be Autumn’s best outdoor party.In just over a month, Darlington’s camp Ramblewood will be host to this year’s Luna Light Music and Arts Festival. The venue will be beautifully decorated and transformed into an expression of community spirt and a creative atmosphere that has come to be characteristic of the annual Luna Light Festival. When the party goes down next month, partygoers will flood the grounds alongside the musicians, performance artists, art installations, craft vendors and campfires. As far as outdoor festivals go, this one sets the bar high with quality music, ambiance, and a complete festival experience at more than fair ticket prices. The outdoor festival is big on visual aspects, not unlike festivals such as the Starscape Rave Festival -- now known as the Moonrise Festival held annually in the Baltimore area. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3288,3289"] A highlight of this year’s festival is the return of the Tribe13 Gallery, acclaimed producers of contemporary pop up art galleries. They have brought their visual arts creations to other big events such as Burning Man, Australia’s Eclipse Festival and Tuscon’s Jam Festival. The festival will also feature fire and hula hoop dancers, in addition to Japanese fan dancing!
On the musical front, Emancipator is Friday’s headliner. A mainstay on the electronic music scene, Douglas Appling (AKA Emancipator) will be bringing an organic approach to electronic music to the festival. Appling’s signature style of drum beats, silky melodies and clean production paired with layers of folk instrument samples and Asian influences are certain to have partygoers immersed in an evening of fantasy and delight. Saturday’s headliner is the Australian electronic music band Cut/Copy, whose indie electronic style is influenced by bands like Daft Punk, Air and LCD Soundsystem, but htye also incorporate a vintage-stye to their tracks. They'll be sure to have everybody dancing and smiling during the wee hours of the morning. A couple dozen more bands, DJ’s and performers are scheduled on both Friday and Saturday, and more than a few are regulars on the outdoor festival scene domestically and abroad. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3291,3290"] Two-day tickets are currently going for $150, which includes access to camping grounds and musical performances. Early Bird Tickets and nine-person cabins have already sold out, buying at the gate is perhaps not the best idea as certain ticket types may sell out and will be $50 more expensive when the party goes down September 29 and 30. While attendees are allowed and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, hoops and blankets, there will not actually be camping during Luna Festival. However, the performances will be virtually nonstop from 12 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Those who would rather prefer overnight comfort and accommodations may want to opt for RV space and cabin rentals available. For directions, tickets and basic info checkout the festival website. Will you be attending? Let us know!