After persistent May showers, Moonshiner’s will become a Fall Ball at new location

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2017) – After four years of spring showers, organizers of The Moonshiner’s Ball have announced a move to the fall for year five of the event, which will be held from Oct. 12-14, 2018. In addition to the date change, organizers have also reported that the festival will be held on a private farm in Rockcastle County, Ky., where a new outdoor music venue with a permanent main stage and a large RV park is currently under construction.

“We loved Estill County, and are sad to leave it. The people there really embraced the festival, and the unique character of that county is a huge part of the heart and soul of our event,” said festival organizer Travis Young. “We hope everyone will come with us to the new location.”

The Rockcastle River along the location of the new Moonshiner’s Ball. Photo from The Moonshiner’s Ball Facebook page.

The new venue, Rockcastle Riverside, is gloriously tucked-away in a valley in the Daniel Boone National Forest, reminiscent of Homegrown Hideaways in Berea, where the Ball was held for it’s first three years. To reach the venue you will exit I-75 south of Renfro Valley, turn left onto Lower River Road and follow it along the Rockcastle River. The forest can also be accessed by canoe or kayak from nearby Livingston. The road turns to gravel as you come onto 240 acres of seclusion, framed by mountains with riverside camping, an RV park and a brand new 30×40 ft main stage.

The beginnings of the main stage for the newly-located Moonshiner’s Ball. Photo from The Moonshiner’s Ball Facebook page

Property owner John Hamilton is committed to building something beautiful on the land, not only for Moonshiner’s but to play host to outdoor concerts throughout the year.

In place of the festival’s former dates, typically the third weekend in May, organizers hinted at a one-day festival in Lexington on May 19, with more details coming soon.

The Moonshiner’s Ball was designed to shine a spotlight on the excellence of Kentucky music, art and poetry in the context of a carefully curated slate of national and internationally-touring performers. Past performers include The Marcus King Band, Moon Hooch, Tyler Childers, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Ben Sollee, Joan Shelley, Lydia Loveless, Margaret Glaspy and many more.

As always, there will be music on three stages, spoken word performance, a full slate of kids activities, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, fire dancers and yoga teachers to go along with top-notch music. Organizers expect the first wave of artist accouncements to roll out early in the spring.

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Previous Moonshiner’s Ball coverage: 2016, 2017

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