With all the great music festivals, it’s sometimes hard to get past the hype and routine of similar lineups. Which is why I am elated to shoot a unique intimate festival later this August. Mad Liberation Festival brings some of New Jersey’s dopest acts to a picturesque campground in the Pine Barrens. The weekend is a testament to the beauty and talent of the Garden State. The music runs the gamut of sounds from rock, hip-hop, soul, electric and beyond. Combine this with wellness classes, art, vendors and general camping mayhem and you’ll find yourself at one of Jersey’s finest festivals.
From August 18th-20th the Pine Barrens will be buzzing with sonic joy. The weekend sees sets from some of my favorite homies from the Freq Show. Brain Orchestra and Good Food bring their spaced out beats to the woods. Good Food is out fresh with a brand new style on his recently release album TEC. Some other familiar faces include the jazzy groove of Conundrum. They have been an absolute force since releasing their album Social Music. This summer they have really owned the live shows in an epic manner. The skater Punk/Rap group Sunny Gang will also be there to deliver some amped up energy to shake it up. Beyond some of my favorites- there are bands up and down this bill I’m stoked to capture live.
There are over 50 performers and a ton of other surprises to keep the vibe going for three straight days of ruckus. There is so much talent to experience, it’s unreal. While gearing up for Mad Lib, I’ve started listening to the line-up I wasn’t familiar with online. It’s sure to be wild ride finding new favorites. I’m excited to see the soulful grooves of the Genii Collective, Kneebody and Allison Mckenzie. I plan to lose my head to the grimey bars of Public Warfare and MC Enigma. And then there is the crunchy vibes from Fungkshui, Funkadelic Astronaut and LORG. This weekend has something for everybody and a lot of potential to deliver some new favorites. You can become familiar with the artists by listening to the Mad Liberation playlist (embedded above)
All these amazing acts come together in the beauty of Paradise Lake Campground. Located in the thick of the Pine Barrens, the campsite is a beautiful deep oasis built for music. The main stage sits right next to a pristine pond, which works wonders on keeping you cool on the hot August days and acts as a great spot to chop it up with other festival goers. Trees tower throughout the site and create a magical sense of freedom. Last year we covered FarmFest located at the same location and it is one of my favorite venues for live music.
Best of all, this weekend is incredibly affordable, you get 50+ amazing acts, great local vendors, yoga with Julia Sheykman, good vibes, a weekend of camping and an excellent summer adventure. The folks at Mad Liberaton are offering a Flash Sale this weekend so grab you tickets while you can for the low.