FRIDAY 9/23-SUNDAY 9/25
Northwest Arkansas is raising the bar with its inaugural FORMAT festival at the end of the month. With its neon green and chromatic advertising, it’s a stark difference to the forested surroundings, but the festival is aiming to be “as boundless and wild as the Ozark mountains,” according to a press release. The weekend promises music, art and technology experiences from a combined nearly 100 talented artists — a full-body sensory experience. The music range for this festival is huge. For a taste of country pop, hit the Elle King show. Needing an indie jam session with early 2000s hits? Don’t miss screaming to “1901” and “If I Ever Feel Better” from Phoenix. Thundercat’s skills on the bass are unmatched — he’s worked with dozens of talented vocalists including Stevie Wonder, Childish Gambino and Janelle Monáe, but his solo work is psychedelic and addictive. To fully encompass this festival in a short blurb is impossible; there’s electronic icon Rüfüs Du Sol, The War on Drugs and Beach House; Fatboy Slim, The Marías, Del Water Gap and blues artist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.