FESTIVAL REPORT: Valley of The Vapors 2019 FESTIVAL REPORT: Valley of The Vapors 2019
FESTIVAL REPORT: Valley of The Vapors 2019

Low Key Arts presents the 15th annual VALLEY OF THE VAPORS INDEPENDENT MUSIC FESTIVAL taking place in Hot Springs between March 15-18, 2019.

The first and longest-running program of Low Key Arts, VALLEY OF THE VAPORS was voted “Best Festival 2018” by the Central Arkansas Music Awards.

Now in its fifteenth year and celebrating its crystal anniversary, “the VOV” boasts 40+ acts over four days and nights. Friday through Monday, all ages shows will take place at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street). On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, a second stage of the festival is added featuring all-Arkansas talent such as Big PiphJamie Lou and The Hullabaloo and Dazz & Brie at Maxine’s (700 Central Ave), though strictly 21 and up. On Monday, March 18, the festival expands to include a stage at The Big Chill (910 Higdon Ferry Rd., also 21 and up only), a VOV first. There will also be four secret daytime shows between Friday and Monday, locations TBA, as well as a series of free workshops. Of these, a music video-making project featuring GRANDCHILDREN, helmed by director Jen Gerber, is certain to be a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience – the kind only the VOV can offer!

Noteworthy bands appearing at VALLEY OF THE VAPORS 2019 include;

Chicago trio DEAD RIDER (Drag City Records) featuring Todd Rittmann formerly of noise-rock legends, U.S. MAPLE; up-and-coming hip hop/jazz artist MCKINLEY DIXON; Austin quartet THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR (Frenchkiss Records); longtime VOV favorites, GRANDCHILDREN from Philadelphia, PA; Merge Records’ recording artists from Los Angeles, VERTICAL SCRATCHERS (featuring former members of BRAINIAC, HELLA, and THE SHINS); Germany-by-way-of-Montreal trio, SEA MOYA, a favorite of VOV 2018; Ontario’s CHASTITY; indie rock darlings from Detroit, STEF CHURA (Saddle Creek Records); Little Rock’s own BIG PIPH; and Vancouver-based DEAD SOFT (Arts and Crafts Records).


All tickets are general admission only.

Individual day tickets for Low Key Arts (all ages) are $10 ($8 for FOLK members).

Festival Pass (inc. ALL shows at Low Key Arts, Maxine’s and The Big Chill) is $40 ($35 for FOLK members).

VIP Pass (21+ only) is $120 ($100 for FOLK members) and includes a Festival Pass as

well as unlimited food and drinks all four days of the festival in the VIP Lounge, upstairs at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street) during Lounge hours.

Please note that a 21+ ID is required for entry at Maxine’s, The Big Chill, and the VIP Lounge.

Workshops and secret shows are free. There will be 4 of each.

for more information check out valleyofthevapors.com.



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