The first of our three festivals was in Charlotte, NC. Held in the grass fields surrounding the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Carolina Rebellion is a three-day music festival that welcomes over 35,000 patrons a day through its muddy gates. The grounds were filled to the brim this year with 4 full stages, an acoustic stage, food trucks that would delight any foodie or drunk person a-like, and even a Ferris wheel in the middle of the grounds (which sadly, I never had to time to ride).
The festival went smoothly from an extremely humid day 1 of the build to the dusty aftermath of teardown. The Charlotte Observer had this to say, “But unlike the more eclectic Coachella and festivals like it, there’s not a lot of pretentiousness at Carolina Rebellion. The people baring skin aren’t model thin or muscle men and the fashionistas here are the guys with makeup streaming down their faces, or the group dressed like Power Rangers.
There’s a sense that these are largely working-class folks, who forget about the rigors and routine of work for a weekend spent crowd-surfing (sometimes to a ballad like “Love Bites,” go figure), throwing horns and pumping fists” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, MAY 08, 2017).