Gnarnia festival showcase

The Gnarnia Festival Official Showcase, held at Asheville Music hall this Thursday (July 26, 9 p.m., $10) features some of the upcoming festival’s lineup. Panther God, Amarru, Sonmi, Nomadic, Splynter and Old You are all on the bill. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets to the show tomorrow (Wednesday) in the noon hour. Follow us on Facebook to win.

About The Festival of Gnarnia:
There are plenty of reasons to buy your tickets in advance to Gnarnia. To begin with, the first two tiers of early bird tickets have already sold out. The good news is, you can still get into the three-day event (Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9-11) for $135 (Royal Treatment VIP passes are $450, RV passes are $250 and single-day passes are $75).

Held in Beech Mountain, Gnarnia features a star-studded lineup including Beats Antique, 7 Walkers, Paper Diamond, Tipper, Emancipator, Mark Farina, Conspirator, 12th Planet and Toubab Krewe, among many others. Performance artists add “everything from fire spinning to stilt walking to comedy here in The Land of Gnarnia” and a roster of visionary/spiritual/psychedelic visual artists (Android Jones, Brandon Paul, Abho Thati, Sean Pace and others) amp up the creative element.

And, if you need more than just music, dancing and art at your festival, Gnarnia’s events list offers an obstacle course of activities. Bicycle jousting, mud wrestling and a costume ball are on the itinerary, along with guided yoga and nature hikes.

Speaking of nature, Gnarnia’s list of lodging possibilities suggests a refreshing mountain getaway (two-bedroom chalet, anyone?), and a nearby campground offers rustic tent sites to the budget-minded starting at $16 a day. Find all the information here.

Photo from Panther God’s Facebook page.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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