Utopia Fest Relocates to Reveille Peak Ranch
Fall music fest moves within Burnet County
By Kevin Curtin,
3:35PM, Wed. Oct. 3, 2018
One month before gates are scheduled to open, Utopia Fest organizers have relocated the music and camping event from the previously announced Down in the Oaks property to the Reveille Peak Ranch – also in Burnet County.
The 1,300-acre Reveille Peak Ranch is a popular outdoor event space in the Texas Hill Country, an hour outside of Austin. It’s known for its hiking and biking trails as well as an expansive pond where people take scuba diving lessons.
“It reminds me a lot of the Four Sisters Ranch,” Utopia founder Travis Sutherland says, referring to his family’s land in Uvalde County where the festival grew over nine years. “It has stunning features, including a valley, and the terrain has a rugged feel to it.”
Sutherland says he’s moving Utopia, running Nov. 1-3, “out of respect for the concerns of the community and county officials,” while also factoring “safety and logistics.” The new grounds are less than 15 minutes from the previously announced site.
Residents had been protesting the family-friendly fest since the Down In the Oaks locale was announced in April. A group of nearby residents – particularly people whose homes, farms, and ranches line the road leading to the concert site – had proved vocal at county meetings regarding the event’s mass gathering permit. Local news reports portrayed the residents as fighting to preserve the area’s “peace and quiet.”
Sutherland decided that moving to Reveille Peak, a location he had previously scouted, would ease friction in Burnet County, and at the same time provide a home for the event going forward.
“When an opportunity opened for us to move into an established venue with a welcoming landowner, it made sense as a longterm solution,” he says.
Utopia’s 10-year anniversary lineup boasts its biggest headliner to date, livetronica favorites STS9, along with beloved Austin siren Patty Griffin, ascending scion Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, roots mystic Valerie June, song whisperer Keller Williams, and funk from John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, plus more.
Tickets are on sale now.
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