UpNorth Festival 2017 Invites Music Lovers to Stare at the Stars With Louis the Child, REZZ & More: Exclusive

UpNorth Festival grounds
Derek Rickert


Nature plays a major role in all camping music festivals, but UpNorth Festival in Copemish, Michigan, puts it right at the center.

Organizers launched the event in 2016, built around the specific date of a full moon. For its second round, UpNorth 2017 will take advantage of the dim lighting of a new moon for a three-night celebration, Aug. 18 to 20. Coupled with the relatively low light pollution of its location, UpNorth 2017 aims to give music lovers a beautiful view of the night sky.

“Last year during the New Moon prior to the festival, our staff was able to experience skies they have never seen before,” Derek Rickert, director of marketing and media, tells Billboard in an email statement. “Counting over 20 shooting stars an hour, spotting galaxies, satellites, star clusters and so much more. We would spend hours outside at night under the Milky Way finding our inspiration.”

It's not all sky gazing, of course. UpNorth booked big dance talent from around the world, with headliners Louis the Child, G Jones and Big Wild. Add to that the blissful funk of Chrome Sparks, Figure's bass crunch, Billy Kenny's booty tech and more, and you've got a real raucous time in the wilderness.

“UpNorth 2017 is the perfect culmination and building of ideas that we set out to do in 2016,” owner and talent buyer Aaron Ohlsson says. “I could not be more excited to share these experiences with my UpNorth family. We have a few special additions to UpNorth 2017, including improvements to wanderland and our stages, the new moon, and the overall experience for our fellow music lovers. This year is going to be something special for everybody.”

Check the full lineup below, and visit UpNorth 2017 online for tickets and more information.


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