Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, Jeff Tweedy, Shovels & Rope Lead 2018 High Water Festival

This spring, the Lowcountry welcomes back the much anticipated High Water Festival, curated by the Holy City-based duo Shovels & Rope, to Riverfront Park in North Charleston Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2018. The two-day festival, which sold out during its inaugural year, returns with 20 musical acts across two stages; exclusive, Charleston chef-curated dining experiences; local craft beer, wine, and cocktail immersions; and more.


Weekend passes go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. EST at www.highwaterfest.com. General admission and VIP options are available, offering access to priority entrance, premium viewing area, hangout space with food and drink, reserved parking, and more. Ticket holders from last year’s festival have the opportunity to purchase 2018 tickets during an exclusive presale running Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. EST until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 9.


Shovels & Rope says, “We were truly humbled by the excitement and turnout for our first year of High Water, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to bring a whole new lineup of some of our favorite musicians and friends back to North Charleston again in 2018!”

Confirmed musical guests include:


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Band of Horses

Shovels & Rope

Brandi Carlile

Jeff Tweedy

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Shakey Graves

M. Ward


Hamilton Leithauser

Valerie June

Tank and the Bangas

Old 97’s

Nicole Atkins

Shrimp Records Family Band

Ian Felice

The Wild Reeds

Joshua Hedley

T. Hardy Morris



Toting not only yet another impressive musical lineup, the festival also brings back Pass the Peas, a distinctive, family-style dining experience that precedes the festival each day. Attendees will enjoy locally crafted libations, artfully prepared and hand-selected food, as well as wines paired from around the world.


This curated brunch series features some of Charleston’s finest in culinary arts, including Jacques Larson of Obstinate Daughter, Kevin Getzewich of 1 Broad, and Matt Connelly of North Charleston’s Evo on Saturday, April 21; Emily Hahn of The Getaway, Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ, and Carrie Moray of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Sunday, April 22.


Also returning is Low Tide Social, the official High Water kickoff party on Friday, April 20, celebrating all things Charleston. Attendees will enjoy a Lowcountry boil from The Smoking Pot, fresh oysters courtesy of Seaborn Oyster Company and delectable desserts, in addition to specialty cocktails crafted by some of Charleston’s most celebrated bartenders. Low Tide Social will also showcase a night of live music featuring special guests curated by Shovels & Rope. 


Seaborn Oyster Co. also returns with four hands-on oyster education classes, introducing the basics of oysters and oyster-farming. These classes will provide attendees with the skills and insight needed to shuck and enjoy oysters on their own.


Pass the Peas, Low Tide Social, and Seaborn Oyster Co.’s oyster education classes are all available to purchase as an add on to a festival weekend pass during the purchasing process. Very limited quantities are available to each of these High Water experiences. 


While offering an integration of music, food, and art, High Water Festival was created with the goal of providing a positive, lasting impact on the greater Charleston community. In support of that mission, a portion of the proceeds from the event benefits The Green Heart ProjectCharleston Waterkeeper, and Water Mission.


High Water Festival is produced by AC Entertainment in conjunction with Dogwood Artist Management. Both parties are excited to work with the city of North Charleston once again to shine a light on this amazing location and the burgeoning cultural center that is the region surrounding North Charleston. 


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