TILMON, Texas -- After 30 years of music, half of which was in Driftwood just southwest of Austin, the Old Settler’s Music Festival will kick off at a new location just southeast of Lockhart in Tilmon.
The 31st annual Old Settler’s Music Festival is a unique four-day music experience featuring more than 35 acts in music genres ranging from roots, bluegrass and Americana performing on four different stages.
"Last night, these people just invited me over to their campfire and we just stayed up until about 5 in the morning. Total strangers," said camper Damian Gillen, who's attended for 12 years.
This new location sprawls nearly 150 acres for the event, which in previous years has brought out thousands.
"We have twice as much space as we used to. We have a full camping ground, but there's still room," said Jean Spivey, executive director of the festival.
Some travel from far away.
"We built our holiday around being able to attend the festival here. All our month's trip has led to this then we are flying home," said Nichola Connell from the U.K.
For others, this festival is a generational experience.
"Kids grow up here and they keep coming back," added Spivey.
Most of the music fans opt for a camper or even a tent to enjoy the four-day festival.
In the end, many agree it's not the location that makes things special.
"Just the friendship. It's not just in the festival. It's in the campground as well," said Gillen.
Some of this year’s acts include Jamestown Revival, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Strings, Calexico, the California Honeydrops, and Greensky Bluegrass.
How to get there:
The festival has partnered with the company FestDrive, in order to provide a limited shuttle service. In Austin, they’ll depart from the downtown Whole Foods at 2:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday. On Saturday the shuttle departs at Noon and on Sunday it departs at 8:30 a.m.
The shuttle returns 30 minutes after the final act each day
Price: Round-trip shuttle tickets are $40 each day, or $20 one-way.
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