This October, in lieu of Moogfest, which will be taking place in the spring, a new festival behemoth is going to spread its wings over Asheville and supply festival attendees with a lineup completely different from any of the other festival lineups this year. Although the initial lineup has been out for a little while now, on Wednesday, Mountain Oasis added about 10 new bands along with the daily lineup. This Friday, daily tickets are going to go on sale so if you unfortunately cannot go for the whole weekend, you will be able to purchase a ticket for a day or two.
The lineup to this festival is rather magical. The festivals touts itself as an electronic music festival but even if you’re not that into “electronic” music, there is something for you. Firstly, Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing, hot off the heels of their first couple shows as a newly reunited band. About a year ago, I saw Jeff Mangum do a solo show and it was absolutely spectacular and I’m sure with the band back together, it will be even better. There are many other bands that I am personally excited about including but not limited to Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Animal Collective, People Get Ready, and Daniel Johnston. Also, the fact that Trent Reznor is playing in both Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels on Saturday and Sunday respectively is rather impressive and exciting. Mount Kimbie, Chromatics, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are three other bands that have quite the reputation for a brilliant live show, along with pretty much all the other bands on the lineup. It’s obvious that Mountain Oasis is going to be a special festival and will turn the magical city of Asheville into the perfect home for a music festival once again.