Improvements for 2016 - Backwoods Music Festival
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Backwoods Changes for 2016

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We first want to thank everyone for the amazing and most valuable feedback you provided after the festival. We want you to know we heard you and are making the following changes and additions for the 2016 festival to improve your experience and the festival overall.

Click on a link below to read more about the changes we’re making:

Poi and Ferris Wheel

New Security Company

The security company which provided security for Backwoods last year has been replaced with a new, more professional, better trained company whose staff handles some of the largest events in the state of Oklahoma.

The Addition of Shade Structures

Backwoods was hot there’s no doubt about that, but the lake activities and wooded areas with hammocks really helped people to cool off in the shade last year. Even so, we want to add more shade structures for attendees to get out of the sun in some of the most sunny areas.

Road Infrastructure to Keep Vehicles Off the Walking Paths

The vehicles such as golf carts and ATVs kicked up a lot of dust over the three days onto our patrons last year.  We’re creating a new road infrastructure that is separate from the walking paths of our patrons.  This way it will be less dangerous, and less dusty.

Cheaper 10 lbs of Ice

Last year ice was sold by a vendor and the price was set too high for festival attendees. Their only option was a large 20lb bag of ice. This year, Backwoods is caping the price on ice and selling a smaller bag of ice at a cheaper price for those who don’t want to spend as much, and/or don’t need as much.

Additional Water Spraying for Dust Control

Last year we had the Kendrick Fire Department spray in the mornings before the venue opened.  The water sprayed on the dusty paths was to help keep the dust under control, but by the afternoons it was all dried out and dusty again.  This year we’ll be having them come out once in the afternoons again to double up on this.  Along with moving the carts to their own path and off the walk ways, this should really help with the dust control for 2016.

Better VIP Bathroom and Shower Maintenance & Full Time Attendants to Keep Them Clean Constantly

Last year the company we hired to keep the VIP toilet trailers and showers clean didn’t hold up their end of the bargain and it lead to some pretty dirty showers and toilet trailers at times during the event.  This year we’re bringing in a new company for cleaning, and adding full time bathroom attendants who will sit out front of the trailers, and constantly clean as well as head off any issues before they arise with the VIP bathrooms and showers.

Ultimate VIP Ticket Added

This year we’ve added an “Ultimate VIP Ticket” which gives the Ultimate VIP experience to attendees including sit down dinners, free activities, a helicopter ride, free festival transportation service at the event, in-venue camping options, private viewing areas, and more.  It’s the closest thing to an all-inclusive package you can get at a festival.

New Woods Camping in the Venue for Ultimate VIP

The new Ultimate VIP Ticket now has the option to camp in the new cleared out wooded area near the cabins inside the main venue with 24 hour access!  Glamping is also located in this area around a new pond Ultimate attendees have access to.

Glamping Option in Music Venue

We’ve also added a Glamping Option for those who want a total hands-free camping experience next to a lake in a shaded area of the woods inside the venue.  We setup a tent and two single beds for you and provide you with two Ultimate VIP Tickets.  This is the high-class and hassle free way to go camping with the Ultimate VIP experience.

Elevate Now Changed to VIP Lounge

While Elevate was super cool last year, we feel that it quickly got crowded especially when our larger headliners went on stage.  To add more value to all our VIP packages, we’re turning Elevate into a VIP lounge during the day and after dinner with VIP chill-out sets, couches and chairs, and a private bar.

Sit Down Table Cloth Dinner with Artists

For two hours nightly during dinner, Elevate will convert from a VIP lounge to an upscale dining hall for Ultimate VIP ticket holders to indulge in a sit-down meal with private shows only for them.

Porta Potties Moved into GA Woods Camping

Attendees who choose GA Woods Camping will not have to walk to GA Car Camping or wait until the venue opens to reach a porta potty.  This year we’ll be adding some porta potties inside GA Woods Camping making access easier.

Safer Cashless RFID Payment System Throughout the Entire Festival

We’re always trying to find ways to keep our attendees and their things safer.  Having a lot of cash at the event is always a worry for some.  Wallets go missing and are lost a lot at festivals, and if your cash is there you’ve got a big problem. This year we’re adding a safer and easier payment system tied in with your RFID wristband.  You’ll pre-load money from a credit or debit card prior to arriving at the event onto your wristband instead of bringing a large amount of cash.  If you need to add more during the festival you can use machines similar to ATMs to load more onto your wristband. Since it’s attached to your wrist, it’s almost impossible to loose or get stolen!  You can load more than you need too because if you don’t end up spending it, it can be refunded to your debit or credit card after the event!

Improved Artist Hospitality Kitchen

The Artist Hospitality Area for Backwoods is being moved next to the new Elevate VIP Lounge so that we can use the brand new kitchen rather than a make-shift one in the barn like last year.  This means even better food at artist hospitality, and a cleaner/safer environment for food safety.

Double the Size of Shakedown Street for Double the Vendors

We know everyone loved the arts and crafts vendors at Shakedown Street.  That’s why we’re bringing you more art and creative vendors for your shopping pleasure.  Twice as many cool things to look at and buy if you decide you love something!

Tropical Island DJ Booth at the Lake Island

During the day, many people loved hanging out on all the amazing inflatable toys Backwoods puts in the lake.  What was missing was daytime music.  The new DJ Booth located on the island in the middle of the lake is going to solve that adding music to our lake and beach activity area throughout the day!

Increased Beach Size

As the attendance at Backwoods increases, we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of our sandy beach.  That’s why we’re increasing its size!

Giant Slip-N-Slide

This one almost needs no explanation. Get ready for a giant Slip N Slide added to our water features at Backwoods!

Giant Hay Maze

Another activity we’re adding for 2016 is a giant hay maze. Enter if you dare, and try to find your way out, or get lost in the three semi-truck loads of hay bales!

Closer VIP Entrance to Main Stage

Although we thought the VIP entrance to the festival grounds last year was beautiful (walking under the Tatanka Ranch Sign) we heard the cries for a closer entrance to the large field adjacent the Motherland stage.  That’s where the VIP entrance will be this year, right across the street from the VIP Comfort Camping field.

Third Level and New Tower Added to Treehouse at The Meadow

We’re building a third tower at the center of the Treehouse at The Meadow this year, even higher than the two on the sides.  The tower will be able to accommodate DJs as well as bands elevated even higher above the crowd.  We’re also looking at adding video screens to the Meadow as well this year.

New Motherland Stage Design

While we loved Motherland’s design last year, the current plan is to keep it fresh by designing a completely new Motherland stage.  We may choose to recycle last year’s castle pieces in a new art installation for attendees as well!  Get ready for a NEW design and surprise at Motherland!

Meadow Treehouse Porta Potties Closer to Road

The Porta Potties were a little far off the path near the Meadow.  You had to walk through a dark field last year.  This year we’re going to move them closer to the road for you.

More Water Stations Added

Last year we had free water available in several places inside the music venue, as well as in the camps thanks to Lybation Hydration and The National Guard sponsorships.  While we tried to provide free water for the first time, we understand we need even more.  We’re going to add additional water stations around the venue this year and in camps.

More Lighting Added

Certain areas last year could have used more light for safety purposes.  We’ll be adding more lighting this year.

More Art in the Woods

We’ll be adding a lot more professional art installations in the Nirvana Woodlands this year, bringing in some of the artists from around the country known for their amazing night-time festival work.

Daily Trash Pick Up Service from Your Campsite

We’ll be coming around with a trailer and fresh trash bags for your trash and recycling this year.  This will help keep the grounds even cleaner.  We ask you help do your part by being prepared in the mornings right before the venue opens to help bring your trash to the road next to your camp site to keep the Woods clean.

More VIP Viewing Added

Last year we had planned to setup some VIP viewing areas at the front of the stage at Motherland and The Meadow. Someone in production for the stages commandeered the barricades, not knowing what they were for and it eliminated two of our viewing areas before they even were setup. We weren’t able to get more barricades out in time for the show. We did have a a viewing area at the Front of House at Motherland, but it was closed at times to VIP. This year we’re going to make sure we have those VIP viewing areas setup, and no one steals our barricades.

Filling of Ground Holes

Gofers dig holes. Lots of them. We want to do a better job of re-filling any gofer holes in the ground right before the festival. We can’t guarantee they won’t dig them back up the night before, but we’re sure being more pro-active here will help smooth out the grounds a bit.

22 Comments
  • Bita motiie | Nov 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    All these improvements sound amazing, I just wanted to know is there anyway we could pay little extra just for the VIP bathrooms and nothing else cause my friends still want to camp and do GA but we’d be willing to pay just a bit more if we could have better bathroom and shower services

    • Backwoods 2015 | Nov 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

      We’re working on a pay-per-shower option for GA but no guarantees. It’s very costly and we may not get enough people to want to use/pay $25/shower to bring water and electric all the way out in the middle of no-where. We are trying to figure out a solution and will keep everyone updated. It’s definitely on the radar.

  • caitlin d | Nov 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    So stoked to go back again for 2016!!!!!! Last year was incredible. Next year will be unbelievably groovy

  • Malissa Miller | Nov 3, 2015 at 12:21 am

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEAE add a shower option for GA campers! I am def willing to pay for a shower while camping! All these improvements are great but SHOWERS will be life changing!

    • Backwoods 2015 | Nov 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

      We are working on trying to figure this out. Bringing electricity and water into the middle of a field in the middle of no where is expensive! If we do add them, they may be too expensive for people to use at $25/shower or $60 for the weekend. That may be out of people’s price ranges with current attendance numbers, and then we wouldn’t earn enough to pay for the feature. These are the issues we’re experiencing. We are working on it though and if it can happen this year, by God we’ll make it happen!

  • Dee | Nov 3, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Too much glamp. People need to quit their bitching and just camp and actually experience festival life. Sounds like youre trying to change this into a festival resort. Some of these improvements sound necessary but a lot of them just sound like a waste of money. Look into creatures of the night festival in adams, tennesse. It was super unorganized and they ran out of money using it all on the production but it was honestly one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. Despite all the unfortunate circumstances, I’d say many would agree with me.

  • Reagan | Nov 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I’m so excited for 2016! Me and my Siblings went last year and had a blast! We had some major issues with the heat and ended up having to leave early so were trying to plan accordingly this time.
    We have some questions about the cabin for rent. How big are they? Air-conditioned? Does it have a fridge or stove? INDOOR plumbing? I understand it comes with 4 VIP tickets but does that mean only four can sleep there? We understand that each other person would have to purchase an extra VIP ticket. Its this an option. We have a cpl family members that would like to join us.
    In reference to the glamping tickets: what kind of beds do you provide? how big is the tent? Is it air conditioned?

    Thanks for answering my questions!
    See you in September!
    Reagan

    • Backwoods 2016 | Nov 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      The cabin sleeps 4 people. They are not huge, but you may be able to squeeze in a person on the floor but it would be tight. They would need to buy an additional Ultimate VIP Ticket as you suggested. They have a sink (except one) and a mini fridge. No stove. Coffee maker. Indoor plumbing for bathroom and shower. Air conditioned. Watch this video: Backwoods Music Festival Cabins Tour.

      Regarding the Glamping option – details are being figured out, but this will be a two person setup. You may be able to squeeze a third person in there, but with the furniture, it will be tight. Again you’ll need to buy the additional Ultimate VIP Ticket. We are looking at trying to work out a small AC unit, although it may just be a fan (but the tent should be setup in shaded areas to help with the heat anyways). Details on exactly how this setup will work are still being figured out.

  • Dylan jones | Nov 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    All these new additions are exactly what were needed, this was my girlfriend first festival and she fell in love csnt wait to be back next year and meet all the amazing people from last year and so many more!

  • Spencer Wilbanks | Dec 17, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Hello, we had a GREAT time last year and have already bought out tickets for 2016.
    Next year it would be great to see

    A huge shaded area with ac or some industrial size fans. To help deal with heat.
    A big fountain in the lake to improve sanatation.
    Cheaper and more frequent festi cabs.
    Have the main events recorded and put on youtube, along with an after movie. To help people rember it lol.
    I personally would like a few tribute bands, like, Badfish (Sublime), Think Floyd (Pink Floyd),The Hindenburg Project (zepplin), The Schwag (Greatful Dead) they have their own music festivals and would probably brings lots of people.

    GREAT JOB ALREADY WITH ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS. See you next year.

  • Sam P. | Apr 20, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This Post says woods camping is available for Ultimate VIP. The FAQ says woods camping is available for GA ticket holders (first come first serve). So are kinda of ticket holders able to camp in woods?

    • Backwoods 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      We just added Woods Camping for Ultimate VIP this year. VIP is the only option that does not have a woods camping, but it is closest to the main stage. We forgot to update that in last year’s FAQ page. Thanks for pointing that out! Going to update it now!

  • Robyn White | May 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m probably going to be going alone to this, so basically my only concern is knowing if it’s safe or not to go on my own? I’ve never been a music festival, but I’m in love with the line up and all I want is to go to this.

  • Cassie Blair | May 31, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Does the payment plan option for the Glamping package end tomorrow???
    Cassie

    • Backwoods 2016 | Jun 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Today will be the last day for the 4 payment plan option, yes. June 1

  • Trenton | Jun 13, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Is there any update on whether or not GA campers will be able to pay for showers?

    • Backwoods 2016 | Jun 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Yes actually! We have found a vendor who will be charging for showers in GA! Not sure how much yet, but that will be up to the vendor to decide. Probably $7-10 each.

      • Tiara Morava | Jul 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

        So there is a shower option for GA?

        • Backwoods 2016 | Jul 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

          There will be a pay-per-shower option for GA

  • Amanda Avey-McClaran | Jun 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    We are thinking about getting the Glamping package – can you tell me if they will have AC in the glamping tents? I know I heard someone say or post somewhere that they would, but I don’t see it in the description. I’d think for that price there would be AC

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