Purple Hatter's Ball Announces Thursday Pre-Party & Schedule

Purple Hatter’s Ball has announced their first official onsite pre-party in their seven-year history. Kicking things off on Thursday, May 8, fans are invited to get settled in at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) a night early and enjoy music from The Fritz, Monozygotic, Moon Hooch and more. Tickets are available for $20 and include camping, music and all fees. The official festival, taking place May 9 - 11, honors the memory of longtime friend of SOSMP and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

Released today, the schedule unveils the addition of two Campground Stages that playfully pits bands embedded in the Jacksonville music scene versus those from Gainesville. Fans can watch them go head-to-head from noon to 8 pm. Purple Hatter’s is also directing energy toward a new yoga and workshops program including: Acro Yoga; Partner Thai Yoga Massage; Permaculture; a Natural Medicine Panel; Reiki; Juicing 101; a Drum workshop with Luke Quaranta and Weddie Braimah of Toubab Krewe, and more. Festivalgoers will be treated to live art from 20 painters, and be able to get down late night in the Silent Disco. 

The most touching moment of the weekend comes from Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), who leads an emotional Mother’s Day Ceremony, celebrating her daughter’s memory.

To view the schedule visit: www.PurpleHattersBall.com

Purple Hatter’s Ball features a diverse line-up of artists including: experimental world fusion performers Beats Antique; Emancipator Ensemble, a four-piece live band that builds on Emancipator’s original trip-hop downtempo production; England’s funky four-piece The New Mastersounds; Colorado’s dance-funk seven-piece The Motet; electronic producer/guitar player and drummer duo, The Floozies, who are performing at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for their first time; dynamic genre-bending rock band The Heavy Pets; soul-music super group The Nth Power; the conscious world-reggae of DubConscious; Space Capone’s retro disco-funk; multi-instrumentalist sisters Rising Appalachia; bass-driven  live electronic trio Greenhouse Lounge, and more.

Taking place during the springtime, the venue itself is a virtual playground with endless fun and activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf and biking. The park also offers guest comforts including cabins, general store, a full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. Tickets include three days of music, primitive camping and all taxes and fees. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is also generously offering a deeply discounted cabin and golf cart rental package to Purple Hatter’s guests. Cabins are limited, so jump on this deal quickly by calling 386.364.1683. Advance tickets are currently available for $100 at www.PurpleHattersBall.com.

Purple Hatter’s Ball 2014 Artist Line Up:

Beats Antique

Emancipator Ensemble

The New Mastersounds

The Motet

The Heavy Pets

The Floozies

The Nth Power


Space Capone

Rising Appalachia

Greenhouse Lounge

The Fritz

Avis Berry Band & Scott Campbell

Catfish Alliance

Locos Por Juana

Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

Applebutter Express

Trial By Stone

Ketchy Shuby


Cherry Royale

Shoes and Laces


Herd of Watts

Parker Urban Band


Jason Lamar & the Rig


Love Chunk

Morning Fatty

Stereo Vudu

Flat Land

Hail Cassius Neptune

Bells and Robes

DJ Ruby


Parker Robinson

Universal Green

Yankee Slickers


The Silent Disco

Vlad the Inhaler

Sir Charles 

Zak tha Blak 






Bit Deff 

Mason Masters

Matthew Connor

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