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Article Published: Mar. 27, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 28, 2012
Welcome to Gnarnia

7 Walkers, featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, will perform in Beech Mountain as part of the Gnarnia Festival this August.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

This summer, an event is taking place amongst the oldest mountains on planet Earth: The Festival of Gnarnia, to be held at Beech Mountain Resort Aug. 9 to 11.

Though early in the game, the three-day festival already boasts a diverse lineup. Performances for Thursday, Aug. 9, include Beats Antique, 7 Walkers, Gramatik, Paper Diamond, ESKMO, Afroman, Eliot Lipp, Heyoka, Machines are People Too, KDSML and Andrew Fletcher’s Silent Movie Theatre.

Friday’s performers include Tipper, Emancipator, Mark Farina, Dieselboy, Easy Star All Stars, Toubab Krewe, VibeSquaD, Break Science, Gift of Gab, Zoogma, Starkey, Firecracker Jazz Band and Ziggurat.

Saturday’s lineup features 12th Planet, Ott, Papadosio, Midnite, Rising Appalachia, Govinda, The Polish Ambassador, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Mantras, Seduction Sideshow, Laura Reed with Shannon Sanders and Brushfire Stankgrass.

Final announcements will be made April 23, although organizers are already promising performance areas, interactive workshops, performance arts, healthy cuisine options, bicycle jousting, mud wrestling tournaments, hikes, waterfalls and vacation rentals.

Ski lifts will be available for guests to summit the mountain for yoga and meditation workshops or simply to watch the sunset fill a 100-mile view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visitors can choose from a variety of vacation rentals, including private cabins, chalets and houses, many of which are within walking distance of the resort. Prices are as low as $20 per person, per night when booking with friends, although visitors may upgrade to a slopeside rental to watch the event from the porch or even a private cabin with a hot tub.

“GnEarly Bird” tickets are now available at for $75 plus fees.
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