Marijuana and live music go together like, well, marijuana and live music. In most places, however, fans risk criminal repercussions for attempting to bring even a little bit of ganja to a concert.
Not so in Colorado, where voters legalized small amounts of pot in 2012, and the South Park Music Festival, taking place this weekend in the mountains near Fairplay, Colo., is not only allowing concertgoers of legal age (21+ or 18 with a medical marijuana red card) to bring their own greenery, it’s hosting its own cannabis competition on site.
According to promoters, the inaugural South Park Music Festival aims to be the first large-scale music and camping festival to “celebrate a love for music and freedom of choice by honoring the legalization of cannabis.”
In addition to performances by smoker-friendly artists like Slightly Stoopid, Paper Diamond, Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Tech N9ne, and many, many others, the three-day festival -- which runs from July 3-5 -- will host The Underground Cup, which promises to be an “opportunity for the 'little guy' to show off their Colorado home grown finest.” Attendees can even procure a “judge’s pass” that includes “a kit with a sampling from each contestant.”
It’s a novel twist on the increasingly popular multi-day music and camping festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Although obviously nowhere near as large in scale, the South Park Music Festival looks to take advantage of the natural connection between music and Mary Jane.
They’re hardly the first. The Denver-area hosted a huge amount of shows over the April 20 holiday (4/20 in stoner speak), including shows from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, Method Man and Redman, Cypress Hill, and many others.
Because pot isn't everyone's thing, the South Park Music Festival promises a plethora of activities for tokers and nonsmokers alike, including “a massive fireworks display, corn hole tournaments, horseshoes, daily yoga, costume and dance contests, art installations and more.”
Even better, the festival is eminently affordable, with three-day general admission passes (including camping) selling for just $89 through June 30, $129 thereafter. Single day tickets and VIP packages are also available, and fans can follow the South Park Music Festival on Instagram for a chance to win three-day passes.