Written by Colin Williams
Photos by Grayson Hall
This past July 4th weekend Marvin’s Mountaintop was filled with celebrating Yondervillians. In its third year (first at this venue) Yonderville once again delivered an amazing festival full of premiere music, beautiful art, wonderful vibes, and much more. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the West Virginia mountains, this year’s residents of Yonderville carried their festive spirit through the sun and rain while enjoying the sounds from the DubBus Stage and the Stargate Main Stage.
The weekend was stocked full of talented musicians, performers, and artists who kept the tunes pumping, the flow moving, the art creating, and the vibes spreading, even throughout the torrential rain. The consistent storms did often get intense on this mountainous terrain, causing some spots to be extra slippery (including the art tent, but the artists created on). Since the lineup was already stacked, that meant there were still plenty of acts for us to see. Thursday we started off the weekend with artists like Yogamuffin from Richmond, VA and Big City from Virginia Beach, VA, who got the first day crowd hyped to be there. Throughout the evening many artists kept the music and vibes going including the smooth sounds of McWavy floating across Marvin’s Mountaintop. By late night the crowd was raging for the banger performances of 5am, Tiedye Ky, Brightside, and more.
Although Yondervillians experienced some wet weather they kept the good vibes flowing. Even though Friday’s schedule was affected by its fair share of scattered storms, many artists like the powerful duo of Wax Future were still able to impress crowds. Kudos to Adam Payne at the main stage for keeping the schedule rolling as best as he could. That night the energy surrounding the Stargate Main Stage was powerful with artists like Spoonbill, Desert Dwellers, and The Widdler. Those who were at the DubBus Stage heard AGENT back to back with Elliot Ness kick off the party that ran late into the night.
Saturday also came with occasional showers that did not keep festival goers from taking in all the enjoyment of Yonderville as possible. Higher Education and more rocked the main stage during the day and Fletcher’s Grove put on an extremely impressive show full of fun, danceable grooves that evening. They did an amazing job warming up the crowd for the funky sounds LITZ that came next. As the night went on performances by Daily Bread, Of The Trees, Detox Unit, K.L.O, and Jade Cicada grabbed the crowd and had everyone moving.
With an amazing location, wonderful fellow festival goers, and super talented performers, Yonderville held its own through the third year. All weekend, the vibes and music both had an exciting, fun energy that truly made Yonderville a special festival. Many people including staff, volunteers, vendors, artists, performers, and more spent a great deal of passion, energy, time, and love to make this event happen through the storm and their hard work showed. If you want to come back or you missed out this year, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for announcements about next year’s Yonderville.