Sound Haven is bringing another stellar lineup this year, but that’s not the only draw of this fan-favorite bass festival!
The arrival of July means Sound Haven month is upon us, and bass music fans are prepping to return to the intimate Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee venue known as Jaceland on July 20-23. This staple event for bass lovers will celebrate its 5th edition this year, and with each year making strides of improvements and upgrades from the previous, we can’t wait to see what the Sound Haven team has in store for 2023.
In May, they dropped their stacked lineup with headliners Lab Group, Jantsen, TRUTH, Yheti, and a whole slew of insane underground talent in tow, from neuro-bass to wave to plenty of dubstep. While the headliners never fail to impress, Sound Haven is known for putting on the best in rising stars with some of the freshest talents in the game. Cool Customer, Mikrodot, Wraz, Lavier, Crawdad Sniper, Tunic, YOKO, and Torcha are just a few of the underground names that we were stoked to see on the bill for 2023.
While the musical lineup itself is an obvious motive to come camping in Tennessee for a weekend, in case you needed any more convincing, we gathered a few more reasons beyond the bill that make Sound Haven a must-experience.
Tickets and camping options for Sound Haven 2023 are still on sale now via Ticketing Co, so be sure to grab yours if you plan on joining us back at Jaceland and keep reading for what makes this festival so special.
Five Reasons Not to Miss Sound Haven 2023
From a brand-new deployment of Funktion-One Vero VX speakers to the coveted Element-5 system that is the only of its kind in the country, one thing Sound Haven always does right is sound. The new Funktion One setup will be featured on the main stage, where these speakers, with their insane depth and clarity, will be perfect for filling the natural amphitheater at Jaceland.
The after-hours stage will be home to the unreal Element-5 rig, which you just have to feel to believe this system’s unmatched bass experience. Even the renegade stage will feature Hennessy Sound, as no stage at Sound Haven is left without quality sonics. Given the intense sound experience of this festival, it’s extremely important that attendees be mindful of earplugs, as these speakers are not designed for the naked ear.
No set-time conflicts or sound curfews
A remote festival location makes for fewer angry neighbors and no sound ordinances! The music never stops all night at Jaceland on the designer sound systems, and to make things even sweeter, there are no set overlaps all weekend, either. The main stage plays all day until it closes around midnight for the late-night stage to take over and keep the party going into the early daylight hours.
Affordable tickets where each purchase supports small collectives
Sound Haven was first founded in 2018 by the Nashville-based collective Saced Hive and has remained independently run by owner Jered Ardry and his team since. This year, the merch-makers over at The Wobble Factory and the North-Carolina-based promoters Kouch Kollective have joined forces with Sound Haven with their new partial ownership. Not only are tickets affordable, with general admission currently at $189.99 before fees on the third pricing tier, but your ticket purchase is directly supporting these three locally-ran operations.
The off-grid venue and small capacity make for an intimate party
Attendees of previous Sound Havens at Jaceland will remember slowly making their way down the little dirt road that leads to the middle-of-no-where venue. With minimal cell service and seemingly far from civilization, it’s these environments where the magic happens in bass music as we flock in and make these empty lots our home and artistic muse for the weekend.
This family reunion of a festival is bring-your-own-beer (with the exception of glass) and bring-your-own-couches, chairs, mattresses, or moon mats galore as long as you keep them out of the dancefloor space. The laid-back family-like vibes at Sound Haven are truly like no other.
The Sanctuary/Sober Haven
The Sanctuary is a meditative space and sober lounge hosted by Sacred Sessions and Ananda Embodied. A brand-new addition to Sound Haven this year, this space is a tool to ground overloaded minds, provide education and exposure to healing energies, and explore spirituality and artistic expression. You can find numerous guided activities and seminars at The Sanctuary, like yoga, guided meditation, harm reduction, healing therapy, and more.