Wakarusa nearing sellout in second year on Mulberry Mountain

VIP Passes have been gone for months. On-site camping has also been sold out for weeks. RV camping? Yeah right. Yesterday, Wakarusa officials announced that 4-day full event passes were also completely sold out for this year’s festival.

That only leaves “weekender” passes, and single-day passes for those who still hope to check out a few of the over 100 bands scheduled to perform at Wakarusa 2010.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend Wakarusa in its second year in Arkansas on the Mulberry Mountain, and event promoter Brett Mosiman is thrilled with the festival’s move to Arkansas.

“Mulberry Mountain has been a dream come true for us and our fans. It is really one of the finest festival facilities in the country,” Mosiman said. “Our first year in Arkansas was very successful. People had very positive reviews, and that definitely carried over this year.”

Mosiman said that one of the contributing factors to the success of the festival is the natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas, particularly of the event facility at Mulberry Mountain.

“I think people were on the sidelines a bit last year waiting to see what the new spot would be like,” he said. “Then you overhear conversations, people telling their friends, ‘You missed out man. This place is incredible.'”

The natural beauty of the area is one thing, but there are also over 100 bands scheduled to perform this week. That probably has something to do with the nearly 15,000 tickets sold.

“We make a wish list every year, and it’s probably a six month process of offering and eliminating bands due to availability, budget and price,” Mosiman said. “I think this year we came closer to our wish list than ever before. I know I sent out fewer offers than ever, and most of them were accepted. I’m really happy with the lineup we’ve assembled.”

Widespread Panic, STS9, and The Black Keys are some of the headliners for this year’s festival, but Mosiman said that Wakrausa has a reputation for being a place to discover new music.

“In a very unassuming way, we try to educate the fans and bring them a few things they don’t expect. It’s the thing that you stumble onto at two in the morning, and that’s when the lightbulb goes off. The real magic is in those bands that you find, and you think ‘I’ve got to get everything they have ever recorded.'”

Those who’d still like to purchase one of the few weekender or single-day passes still available can do so at the ticket page at Wakarusa.com. On-site camping is sold out, but there are adjacent camp sites still available that are a short walk or shuttle ride from the main venue.