Gallatin’s Fire on the Water Music Festival returns to Lock 4 Park with an all new lineup and expanded number of artisan vendors this weekend.
As many as 3,000 people are expected to attend the second annual day-long music festival on Saturday, Aug. 3.
“This is something that is uniquely Gallatin and is a nod to our music heritage,” Gallatin Communications Director Jeff Hentschel said about the event. “It’s also a way to showcase Gallatin as a lakefront city to not only residents, but also to everyone with a 50-mile radius.”
In addition to two music stages, the festival will once again feature fire and aerialist performers as well as food trucks and an expanded number of artisan vendors.
Gates open at noon and with the first band taking the stage at 1 p.m. The festival ends at 11 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.
The event is being organized by the City of Gallatin, the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce and Sumner County Tourism.
For those planning to attend Fire on the Water, here are some things to know about this year’s event:
The second annual Fire on the Water Music Festival will feature an all-new lineup of 10 bands that will alternate performances between two music stages throughout the day.
“We wanted a brand-new experience this year,” Hentschel said about the lineup. “The caliber of the bands is high throughout the day.”
Delta Rae will headline this year’s event. Formed in 2009, the group has performed at some of the top music festivals across the country including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. The band has also been featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and was most recently named One to Watch in 2018 by Billboard, CMT and Rolling Stone magazine.
The first band to take the stage will be Elenowen at 1 p.m. followed by the Battle of the Bands winner Cedarstone Tones from Cedarstone School of Music at 1:55 p.m.; The Daybreaks at 2:45 p.m.; Briston Maroney at 3:40 p.m.; SHEL at 4:35 p.m.; The Roosevelts at 5:30 p.m.; Birdtalker at 6:25 p.m.; The New Respects at 7:35 p.m.; Delta Rae at 8:45 p.m. and LUTHI at 10 p.m.
“Delta Rae is not the last band (to perform) and that’s strategic,” Hentschel said. “What we found from last year is that a lot of people can’t stay to watch the headliner until 10 p.m., so we backed that off to a better time.
“That’s also strategic in that we’re trying to not have everybody leave all at once.”
In addition to an all-new lineup, organizers have also made some other changes to this year’s event.
One of the most notable changes is that attendees will be allowed one re-entry to the festival.
“(Not allowing re-entry last year) was an issue for a lot of people especially if they had kids,” Hentschel said about the reason behind change. “They wanted to bring their kids in the daytime and come back at night for the headliner, so we’re relaxing the rules.”
Attendees will also be allowed to bring in their own chairs as well as dogs as long as they are on a leash. Outside food and beverages along with weapons are still prohibited.
Boaters will be able to drop off individuals at the Lock 4 access dock where a shuttle will take them to the ticketing area for the festival. Shuttles will also be available to transport attendees from the gate into the park.
On other change this year is the music stages are being moved further apart, which will allow for more than 20 artisan vendors to set up booths in between them.
In addition to food and beverage being available to purchase, Sumner Regional Medical Center will provide a hydration station with bottles of free water at the park’s pavilion.
Tickets and Parking
Tickets and parking passes for the second annual Fire on the Water Music Festival can be purchased online at www.fireonthewaterfestival.com and at the event.
General admission tickets are $35. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $100 each and include five beers, food and access to a shaded lounge area near the main stage. Children 10 and younger will be allowed in for free.
Parking passes are also available for $15 per vehicle.
“Just like last year, we will have our main parking and then satellite parking if needed,” Hentschel said. “The primary parking will be inside Lock 4 Park and we are going to keep the satellite parking lot (on Lock 4 Road) closed until we need it.”
Use promo code “FIRE” when ordering tickets online to save $10 at checkout.