JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Could Charleston be the site of the next great American music festival?
That tall order is the ambitious goal of Troy Ruediger, who, along with Logan Berry, is bringing the Solust Summer Solstice Music Festival to Legare Farms Saturday, June 21.
Ruediger says the idea for Solust, a day-long music festival "that embodies the spirit of summer," came from Berry, who is the CEO of Atlas Events. A play on words, the festival was designed as a way to celebrate the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.
"Bringing in music that brings everyone together and makes a happy atmosphere," says Ruediger. "So it is all about the sun and celebrating the day."
Responsible for booking the bands for Saturday's show, Ruediger touched on a wide range of musical genres to ensure that Solust would offer something that everyone could enjoy. The summer music festival will feature the following lineup of both local and national acts:
- Dead 27s (Charleston, SC) - 1pm-1:40pm
- The Executives (Charleston, SC) - 2pm- 2:40pm
- Dank Sinatra- 3pm- 3:40pm
- Stereo Reform- 4pm- 4:50pm
- Robby Hunter Band- 5:10pm- 6:10pm
- Huey Mack- 6:30pm- 7:20pm
- Cisco Adler- 7:40pm- 8:40pm
- The Dirty Guv’nahs- 9:00pm- 10:30pm
"The lineup is very eclectic. We have southern rock, hip hop and rap, reggae, dance music, some indie funk. It's all feel good music so people can come out and dance, and have a good time."
The start of something more?
Despite this being the first year of the budding festival, Ruediger says this is something that they want to continue to grow until it reaches the level of some of the biggest music festivals in the United States.
"We want to make this the foundation of something really great," says Ruediger. "In our eyes, we see it as the next Bonnaroo, Coachella. As crazy as that may sound, to us, that what this seems like."
Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, Tennessee, and Coachella, held in Indio, California, are both annual multi-day music and art festivals that feature the best names in music, comedy and art. Attendance at both festivals come in at over 100,000.
Choosing Legare Farms as the venue for the festival was a big step towards moving in that direction. Legare Farms offers an insane amount of space for folks to roam, relax, and watch the show.
Similar to the major music festivals, Solust will deliver a vast mix of music which will be paired with high production value. Ruediger says the stage will feature top-of-the-line lights and sound to go along with confetti and CO2 cannons.
Festival-goers are welcomed to bring canopy tents, blankets, umbrellas and lawn chairs - so long as they stay in a designated area behind the sound booth - in an effort to create some comfort on what is sure to be a hot and humid day in the Lowcountry. There will also be a giant steel structure equipped with mist fans in the middle of the open field that will serve as a cool down station.
In addition to the live music, food trucks (Roti Rolls, Autobanh Food, Roadside Seafood, Gidget Gourmet, Diggity Doughnuts, King of Pops) and drink vendors will also be on hand all day long to serve up eats and quench your thirst.
If you're feeling adventurous, Solust will also give you the chance to "walk on water." The non-Newtonian fluid pool will keep you afloat as long as you stay in motion on top of it. Come to a stop, and you will sink.
"There is tons of stuff to do out here for kids and the whole family," says Ruediger. "The music is going to be great, the production aspect is going to be incredible. We want to put on a great show and want everyone to be happy and have a good time."
Solust Summer Solstice Music Festival will kick off Saturday, June 21 at Legare Farms, located at 2620 Hanscombe Point Road on Johns Island. Gates will open at noon, with acts performing from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased online, or $35 day of. VIP tickets can be purchased for $200, which include a private lounge, an open bar with top-shelf drinks, free food, a backstage pass to meet the artists, and access to VIP bathrooms.
Solust is partnered up with the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and a portion of ticket sales will go to the foundation.
For more information on the Solust Summer Solstice Music Festival, click here.