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Twiddle, Shlump and more to energize the Big Fam Festival

The Labor Day weekend festival at Liberty Mountain also features more than 50 artists from Michigan, from Biomassive to Desmond Jones. The Big Fam Festival preview and playlist on Local Spins.

Sunday headliner: Twiddle plays at the Michigan festival this weekend. (Photo/Eric Stoike)


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“An overall sense of community and unity.”

That’s the impetus behind the lineup and overall vibe of the Big Fam Music & Arts Festival on Labor Day weekend in Farwell.

So says Andrew Martin, director of the sophomore music festival that runs Friday through Sunday at Liberty Mountain, about 95 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

“We welcome open-minded people from all walks of life with open arms to this annual experience,” he said. “Every artist we book is intentional. We spent a lot of time organizing the general atmosphere and creating an experience that everyone can enjoy.

Firing Up Friday Night: California Shlump. (Courtesy picture)

For 2022, that atmosphere revolves around a mix of jam bands and electronic music artists – from bass music to house music – ranging from acclaimed national acts such as Shlump, The Widdler, Truth, Twiddle, Jason Leech and A Hundred Drums to Michigan favorites Biomassive, Super Future, Desmond Jones, Dixon’s Violin, Chirp, Stormy Chromer, Hannah Rose Graves, Earth Radio and Trifocal.

“There are over 50 artists on Michigan’s lineup – a true showcase of some of the best up-and-coming artists from across the state,” Martin said.

Drummer John Nowak of Grand Rapids jam band Desmond Jones said the band was thrilled to share a stage with acclaimed Vermont funk rockers Twiddle for the first time on Sunday night.

“They are complete professionals and a band that also embodies a lot of what we want to be as a band,” he said, adding that the Big Fam festival bills itself as “a very special event that supports musicians. , local artists, production, hospitality and more.”


“We’ve known some of the organizers for a long time and are happy to provide the soundtrack to their awesome event,” Nowak said. “We look forward to making new fans and spending time with old friends.”

Other headliners on Apogee’s main stage include California-based “West Coast bass” artist Shlump (Michael Petzel), Houston-based dubstep producer The Widdler and neo dubstep duo -Zealander Truth.

Happy to “provide a soundtrack” for Big Fam: Desmond Jones (Photo/Holly Holtzclaw)

“We have great love and respect for every artist on the lineup. However, I’m personally excited about two artists I’ve never seen before – Jason Leech and A Hundred Drums,” Martin said.

Leech, an EDM producer and keyboardist from Louisville, released several singles in 2022, including his latest track, “Dream,” which also features Evalution. Denver’s A Hundred Drums, aka bass music producer Gabrielle Watson, followed up with a 2020 self-titled album featuring the singles “Enough is Enough,” “If I Have To” and “Dream State.”

The Camping Festival began in 2021 at Harmony Pines in Lake Ann, moving to its new location for 2022.

Martin is expecting 1,500-2,500 attendees for the Labor Day weekend event, which will also include an art exhibit from the Sundar Art Gallery, yoga and meditation sessions, educational workshops and vendors of food, drink and merchandise.

General admission weekend tickets are $230; two-day tickets, $180, and available online at bigfamfestival.com. Full-day options are also available; vehicle passes are $40 and camping passes are $100.

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