She Returns From War at the Music Farm Nov. 15 performing at the City Paper Music Awards | Photo by Clif Rhodes Photography

The High Water Festival announced Tuesday its 2023 lineup. The festival will return to North Charleston’s Riverfront Park April 15-16, 2023.

The lineup includes acclaimed names in alternative music such as Beck and Wilco alongside Charleston’s own She Returns From War, which City Paper readers just voted Country/American Act of the Year in the 2022 City Paper Music Awards.

“It’s nice to see Wilco return to High Water,” said She Returns from War frontwoman Hunter Park, who said she has attended every High Water Fest. “I’m really excited.” 

Charleston’s iconic alternative rock duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope helped lift the Lowcountry music scene into the national spotlight by curating the High Water Festival since 2017. Blending big-name acts with regional touring bands, the lineup at High Water Festival always has something for everyone in the realm of alternative rock. 

“The hard work that Cary Ann [Hearst] and Michael [Trent] put into making this festival that helps Charleston get access to big names is dope, because on touring cycles a lot of people miss South Carolina entirely,” Park told the City Paper. “I’m just glad they’ve created such a curated space for musicians. They’ve been my mentors for a really long time.”

This year’s lineup is particularly diverse, including rapper Big Boi of six-time Grammy Award winning hip-hop outfit Outkast and Brooklyn-based female-fronted indie pop group Lucius. Not to mention folk-centric rock from Father John Misty and new wave from New Jersey rock band Bleachers. 

Park said she will most likely have her upcoming record, Ruthless, released by the time High Water rolls around in April 2023.


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