About This Festival
Digging the Scene
Held in Loveland’s 100-acre Sunrise Ranch, located between the Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain National Forests, ARISE Music Festival offers idyllic beauty in every direction – from the red rocks and pine trees, to the vast meadows and cool water of the nearby Green Ridge Glade Reservoir. It’s the perfect setting for attendees to open their minds, groove to the music and dream up ways of making the world a better place while practicing yoga, attending workshops or hula-hooping.
The festival has featured performers of many stripes like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Beats Antique, the Polish Ambassador, Xavier Rudd, Galactic, Greensky Bluegrass and many others. Future lineups are sure to again feature a cross section of upbeat rock, reggae, folk, jam bands and EDM stars.
ARISE’s five stages offer more than music. Along with the outdoor yoga and spiritual sessions led by nationally recognized instructors, there are workshops on everything from songwriting to collecting wild herbs. Art installations cover the grounds, along with live artists and immersive zones with changing themes. The Rainbow Lighting Children’s Village, meanwhile, offers activities for family members of all ages. And much like Burning Man, ARISE encourages participatory theme camps in the Theme Camp village, where previous years have featured fiery owls, meditation labyrinths, and otherworldly art zones.
Stages for All
The Eagle Stage serves as the hub of the festival with the headliners, fire dancers and aerial artists. The intimate StarBar offers improvisation, jam sessions and open mic performances. The Electronic Stage is where the EDM action happens, with people dancing and waving glow sticks throughout the weekend.
On a hilltop above the festival grounds is the Yoga Zone, with ongoing movement workshops, live sets and surprise performances by main stage headliners. The Big Sunrise Dome hosts panels, dialogues, documentary films and occasional music workshops by the acts on the bill. Most importantly, it’s air-conditioned.
History and Past Lineups
ARISE kicked off August 2013 with 75 acts across five stages. The lineup has stayed consistently strong over the years. Here’s a taste of some of the talent that has rolled through the mountains.
- 2015: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Polish Ambassador, Emancipator Ensemble, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Trevor Hall, Stick Figure, Rising Appalachia, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and others.
- 2014: Beats Antique, Galactic with Chali 2Na & Lyrics Born, the Polish Ambassador, Groundation, the Infamous Stringdusters, Nahko & Medicine for the People and others. Activist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary also made an appearance.
- 2013: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd, Keller & the Keels, Zap Mama, Greensky Bluegrass, Michal Menert and others. The inaugural event also featured activists Daryl Hannah and Julia Butterfly Hill along with artist Martina Hoffman.