Wakarusa 2013 | NWA Music Photographer

(c) 2013 Stephen Ironside / Ironside Photography Whew! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I updated this blog. It’s been a busy busy summer, but luckily it’s a “busy” that I’ve enjoyed and been able to keep up with. Let’s go back in time a little bit and revisit the 2013 Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas, that happened the first weekend in June. I’ve shot Wakarusa for the past 5 or so years. This year, I shot it again for the Fayetteville Free Weekly. Arriving a day before the general crowd, and staying all the way through Monday morning (most people leave Sunday), it was quite a ride. The weather threw this year’s Waka for a spin. Rain, thunderstorm and tornado warnings, and most impressively, MUD. Lots and lots of mud. Lots of mud. Mud. Maybe the photos will show you a little more about the mud, since I don’t really want to say much more about it. It was a little miserable after a few days, but it was worth it. (I even ended up on the news talking about the weather, but that’s a longer story.) Shows got cancelled, people had to hide out in their cars, and it was generally just a wet, dirty time. But it was fun. Snoop Lion, Widespread Panic, Dispatch, The Black Crowes, Umphrey’s McGee, and more all headlined. My favorite was Of Monsters and Men. Great show! One interesting tidbit that came out of these photos: the one of the bubble sitting in the mud went “viral” on Facebook.  The official Wakarusa Facebook page shared it (and my album), and within hours it had hit over 30,000 views, the “Likes” on my page had grown by a couple hundred, and in general the page was buzzing. With 84 shares, 229 likes, and almost 30 comments, I think it’s the most popular photo I’ve ever put up there! 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