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Bonanza Campout to offer taste of music, nature June 10-11

HEBER CITY — Indie rock meets electronic at the Bonanza Campout, a music festival coming to Heber City this week.

“The campout is a two-day, boutique-style music festival,” said Vaughn Carrick, one of the producers of the event.

Carrick said that with an expected turnout of 5,000 attendees per day, the event isn’t huge, but that’s part of what makes it unique.

Thirty-two bands will perform on June 10 and 11, and 10 of those bands are local. Performances will run from 1 p.m. to midnight each day and will alternate between two stages. While there might be a slight overlap between two acts, Carrick said, “Everybody will have the chance to see every band.”

He said the lineup contains “a mixture of everything,” with music varying from indie rock to electronic and including groups such as Big Gigantic, Cold War Kids, Emancipator, Savoy and Jr. Jr.

“From top to finish, the lineup, from a music standpoint, is definitely a highlight,” Carrick said.

The event will be in Heber City at the River's Edge at Deer Park campsite at the base of Jordanelle Reservoir. Music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can purchase day passes or sign up to camp at one of the campsites, and a limited number of cabins with bathrooms and kitchens are also available on-site. Mountains surround the campsite and provide a “natural amphitheater feel,” Carrick said.

Carrick estimated 1,000 to 1,200 people will be camping on-site during the event. He said that by staying on-site, attendees can be engulfed in the whole experience and have the chance to “make friends and memories.”

Attendees who stay on-site can also participate in a variety of activities in the morning before the shows, including guided hiking tours, yoga, water activities and more, Carrick said.

He added that food vendors, many of whom are local, will be serving food all day, from breakfast at 8 a.m. to midnight snacks.

Carrick said the event is family friendly but guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and most of the activities are geared toward adults. He said the atmosphere of the festival will be laid-back, adding that the close proximity of everything adds to a unique feeling of intimacy at the festival.

The Bonanza Campout’s creators are all from the Salt Lake area and have experience with festivals. Carrick said they felt Utah was lacking a music festival such as this, so they decided to bring one to their home state.

The process has been challenging, Carrick said, but it is all coming together and he is looking forward to seeing attendees “enjoy themselves and be able escape from their everyday lives.”

“The reason why I do this and the reason why we’ve wanted to bring this to Utah is to see everyone once they’re up there and see the whole thing come together,” he said.

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If you go ...

What: Bonanza Campout

When: June 10-11

Where: River’s Edge at Deer Park, Heber City

How much: Multiple ticket packages are available, including weekend passes, day passes and camping packages.


Bonanza Campout takes place June 10-11