Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival

Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival October 9th-11th, 2015 at the Red River Valley Campgrounds in Adams, Tennessee. Our Story: -- Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival was born a vision.
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A vision of utopia, where inhibitions fade away in awe of the ultimate joy encompassing everything. When the sun fades to moonlight, the creatures of the night come out to play! Celebrating the freedom of being true human and allowing yourself to express fully, for all to see and love, because that is all there is; love and acceptance. In the cool light of the night we will dance, sing, and embrace because for at least this, small fragment of time, this group of people, came together, to teach and learn and play with each other and together, took the gift of a transformational weekend leaving a happier, stronger human being. What to expect at creatures of the night???? -- The easier question to answer would be what not to expect!? But, you can expect a well rounded, star packed musical line up, the best visionary artists in the world, world class fire and circus performers, amazing art installations, classes on yoga, dancing, flow and meditation, lectures on permaculture, sustainability, plant medicine, leadership, and science, stimulation every where you look, people dancing like wild animals and howling at the moon....A weekend to be remembered! The 5 Principles: Experience Ultimate Joy; -- This means engaging yourself so fully in what you are trying to get out of the weekend that you forget about everything, except the joy of this perfect moment in time! Express yourself fully; -- This means we all contribute more to the event, Everyone of you is an artist in some way. Whether it be painting, singing, dancing, flow, or just being a uniquely wonderful person.. express every bit of yourself so we can all do the same and truly experience each other. This is Co.Creation! Radical Inclusion; -- This means we want to leave this a tribe. A family connected forever. For this to happen we believe everyone should take every opportunity they have to reach out to those they don't already know and invite them in what they are doing. Relinquish all judgements we normally hold, for at least this one weekend. Seek Transformation; -- This means that we all want more out of life, we all desire change in the world. Events like this hold the opportunity to create that change in our lives; but we must all seek that transformation! We must all seek teachers and the opportunity to teach. We must seek balance, healing, and grounding in the world we live in. We must seek peace in joyful celebration! Be the fire; -- Events like this are like the sacred fire and we are the wood that fuels it. When we leave this event we will have the choice to either burn out and turn into coal returning to the world we came from, or we can arise changed; a fire.. our own burning for all to see,. a light leading back to the never ending movement towards consciousness, towards love, towards peace. - Creatures of the Night

Operating as usual

Creatures of the Night 2015 - August Heisler
10/22/2015

Creatures of the Night 2015 - August Heisler

10/14/2015

A long over-due apology and explanation to our fellow Creatures:

At this point, we can’t begin to explain how sorry we are for the great errors in judgement and in management that resulted in our shortcomings this weekend, but still—we apologize for not meeting your expectations. The truth of the matter is this, we did what we could to generate enough income to fuel the festival throughout the weekend, but fell considerably short, resulting in wasted time and energy from our patrons, booking agencies, and artists alike.

As I’m sure you realize, it is difficult to stay motivated when there is no incentive. So, Saturday morning, upon realizing there would be no monetary compensation for the months of work they put in, the COTN staff took a huge hit to the overall morale of the team. However, the majority came together to desperately salvage what they could from the remains of this failure. Our staff did the talking, but it was the artists, the sound and stage crews, the security, the EMTs, the production team, the performers, and YOU, who made our last night on the grounds the success that it was. So, on the other side of our apology lies a sincere, deep level of gratitude. We counted on the culture of this scene to lift us out of our dismay, and keep us going – and to think /we/ were the ones supposed to be bringing /you/ a transformational experience…

Some of you are very upset, on many different levels, and rightfully so. The announcement we released Saturday afternoon was posted in the heat of the moment, when we still had absolutely no idea how the rest of the weekend would roll out. Our first mistake was in stating that the entire festival was cancelled, and our second was in stating that new arrivals would be turned away at the gates. To be asked to turn around despite purchasing a ticket and driving from all over the country to a meeting place that was supposed to be welcoming you with open arms was inexcusable. For those of you who came out solely to pledge your allegiance to the rail--to catch the headlining acts you love so much that we couldn’t pay for, we failed you. We promised an amazing lineup and in the end just could not afford it.

So, a breakdown of what happened:

There are so many uncalculated costly factors that a first-time coordinator doesn’t take into consideration, making budgeting extremely difficult, despite all of the planning and double-checking. What we thought would cost us $238,000 ended up costing closer to $350,000 due to contractual disputes between our management and the land owner, as well has an honest lack of understanding of what it actually takes to turn a dream this big into reality. We depended on ticket sales to carry us through the weekend, but didn’t get the kind of draw we desperately anticipated. So, now, we sit here ashamed that we could not give each and every one of you what you desired and deserved. Financial shortcomings aside, we were understaffed, and we excitedly took on a project that was too large on many levels from the start, instead of starting small and with patience and focus, building up from there.

Blinded by ambition, and desire to deliver an unbelievable experience to your hearts, we forgot about what we were /actually/ trying to show you—a new vision of sustainability and personal growth. I wanted with every bone in my body to give you all of this, and failed, but I will never stop working to make it up to each and every one of you. We lost every dime that we had, and have a very considerable number to work up to, just to pay the artists and contracts that we couldn’t pay this weekend. I need you to understand that this process is going to be a long one, but we promise to keep an open, honest line of communication between us. Please understand that the staff that is left behind is made up of a few people who also suffered great losses, but is still donating their time and energy to help work this out with all involved.

With that said, please stay tuned for more information on our refund applications. We will NOT leave you hanging on this, but we ask you for patience.

We shot for the moon on this year’s lineup, and fell back to earth on a cloud, thanks to your compassion and dedication to this lifestyle. For all of you who stayed, I have been crying tears of joy thinking about what you did for me. This past weekend, I saw my dream die in front of my eyes, and you picked it up off the ground, welcomed it into the warmth of your heart, and brought it back to life. Your support encourages me to keep trying. You stuck around to bring out what you wanted from the experience, and it was /you/ who has inspired /me/. When I went on stage to announce that you wouldn’t be getting the experience you paid for, you basically offered your help to do what you could to keep the fire alive. It was the scariest moment of my life, turned into the most beautiful moment of my life. I will forever think of you as my family.

Let’s reflect on the 5 Principles of COTN:

- Experience Ultimate Joy: Despite having many reasons to be disappointed, you made the most of a disappointing situation, resulting in blissful creative expression that came from within your own heart.

- Express Yourself Fully: When the festival shut down, the creatures in you came out full-throttle. YOU became the show, delivering incredible performances.

- Radical Inclusion: So many of you have been radically understanding, despite our shortcomings. You accepted us as we were, and turned around to support us anyway.

- Seek Transformation: When we dropped the ball, every single person involved transformed a commercial festival into a burn in a matter of hours. Stages were torn down and rebuilt, emotions that were all across the board came into harmony, and we came together to transform our failure into an inspiring example of creative ability.

- Be The Fire: Each and every one of you shone bright. You delivered on your end of the bargain.

So, Creatures…please be patient with us answering your questions. We have a lot of them to get to as we simultaneously figure out many more details as this story continues to unfurl. We have a dream that hasn’t quite died yet. It has come alive in a different form, but again, we call on you to support it and place your trust in it. In the meantime, we will reflect on our mistakes, and learn from each of your experiences. Again, our deepest apologies to our Creatures family. Thank you for all that you have done.

Regards,

Alex Cole-Gardner | Owner, Co-Producer
& COTN Management

10/11/2015

Despite these unforseen circumstances, we at #COTN have promised to deliver. We have worked diligently throughout the day to reschedule an evening full of rippin' tunes, blazin' fire performances, and to ensure that we send everyone off with the good intention this festival was built around--the rush of an honest transformative experience.

To all of our staff, artists, performers, and family--a thousand times, thank you. This event could not happen without your understanding, support, and patience.

So, tonight, we ask you you crawl out into the darkness and let your creative expression run wild with us. For at our hearts, we are ALL #Creatures of the Night.

10/10/2015

Creatures, at this time we regret to inform you that Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival must be cut short and is cancelled from here on out due to unexpected complications. It breaks our hearts to have to make this necessary decision.

At this time we WILL be keeping one stage running through the night (Our Backwoods Stage!). If you are already camped on site you are very welcome and invited to spend the night on our beautiful Red River Valley Campgrounds. We will not be allowing any more people on site. A schedule of music for our backwoods stage will be released shortly. Again, we apologize from the bottom of our hearts. The plan for getting attendees off grounds will be posted promptly.

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals
10/10/2015

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals

The Mantras are about to take the stage!! #COTN
10/09/2015

The Mantras are about to take the stage!!
#COTN

Be sure to check out all of the amazing workshops we have going on all weekend long!! #Creatures #COTN Photo by: Patrick...
10/09/2015

Be sure to check out all of the amazing workshops we have going on all weekend long!! #Creatures #COTN

Photo by: Patrick Hughes-Faces of Festivals

The night sky over Adams, TN is killing it!! See you #Creatures under the stars! #COTNPhoto by: Patrick Hughes- Faces of...
10/09/2015

The night sky over Adams, TN is killing it!! See you #Creatures under the stars! #COTN

Photo by: Patrick Hughes- Faces of Festivals

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals
10/09/2015

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals

Photos by: Patrick Hughes - Faces of Festivals

10/08/2015

Creatures, the day has finally come that we get to bring you on-site for what is sure to be a weekend to be remembered! :)

Some things to keep in mind, we suggest reading everything below ⇙⇙⇙

1. Gates open today at 6:00 pm today, Thursday, 10/8.

2. Weekend passes ARE still available at our gate for $160.

3. Please read over our rules and regulations and make sure to leave behind anything that isn't allowed: http://bit.ly/CreaturesRules

4. Follow the signs off the highway, its only a few turns and they'll lead you directly to the parking lot/campgrounds.

5. The address is: 8002 Hwy 41 N. Adams, Tennessee

6. Be prepared for the weather. Average day time temperature is 75 degrees, average night time temperature is 50 degrees. Pack accordingly.

7. Remember our 5 principles:
- Experience Ultimate Joy
- Express Yourself Fully
- Radical Inclusion
- Seek Transformation
- Be The Fire

Can't wait to see all you #creatures this weekend!

Main stage is up! Check out that beautiful banner! These incendia domes are spectacular too ... just wait until they lig...
10/08/2015

Main stage is up! Check out that beautiful banner! These incendia domes are spectacular too ... just wait until they light up at night, engulfed in flames! They are jaw dropping! -- Only a few hours left to buy tickets online and save $ at the gate! *DON'T* be the only #creature left behind.
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Hurry and grab your tickets now! Tickets: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

Creatures!! Today is the LAST day to buy your tickets online and SAVE yourself some $$$. Online tickets sales end at *Mi...
10/07/2015

Creatures!! Today is the LAST day to buy your tickets online and SAVE yourself some $$$. Online tickets sales end at *Midnight!* (CST)

----> Tickets: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

~ From fire domes to waterfalls, circus performers, 75+ workshops, music, painting, camping and so much more, it's all being set up right now! PACK your bags, GRAB your friends, and GET READY for Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival, a weekend to be remembered! #Creatures

TWO DAYS -- TWO DAYS!! Grab your tickets now: Http://Bit.ly/Creaturetix_________________________________________________...
10/06/2015

TWO DAYS -- TWO DAYS!! Grab your tickets now: Http://Bit.ly/Creaturetix
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Gates open Thursday at 6pm | Online sales end Wednesday at Midnight
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With only TWO days left WE want to know what YOU are most excited for! The music? The art? The workshops? The FIRE?! Let us know!

* THREE DAYS UNTIL COTN FESTIVAL * Its soooooo soon! Pssst: Online sales end Wednesday night at Midnight. Click the link...
10/05/2015

* THREE DAYS UNTIL COTN FESTIVAL * Its soooooo soon!

Pssst: Online sales end Wednesday night at Midnight.

Click the link!! Buy discounted tickets now: http:Bit.ly/Creaturestix

The anticipation is reeeaal! Only 4 more days!!!Online ticket sales end on Wednesday, 9/7 at MIDNIGHT, so be sure to gra...
10/04/2015

The anticipation is reeeaal! Only 4 more days!!!

Online ticket sales end on Wednesday, 9/7 at MIDNIGHT, so be sure to grab your tickets before then and save yourself some money at the gate! We can't wait to see all you #Creatures

Grab tickets now: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

Only 5 days until COTN Festival and we couldn't be more excited! -- Pack your bags, gas up the car, and get ready for a ...
10/03/2015

Only 5 days until COTN Festival and we couldn't be more excited!

-- Pack your bags, gas up the car, and get ready for a weekend to be remembered! #Creatures, you're in for such a treat!

Grab tickets now: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT!! .... thats right 6... days....We can't wait for all you #creatures to come down to the Red River Va...
10/03/2015

ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT!! .... thats right 6... days....

We can't wait for all you #creatures to come down to the Red River Valley Campgrounds. We're here now setting up whats going to be a weekend to remember!

Grab tickets before prices increase at the gate: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

Did someone say WORKSHOPS?! -- We couldn't be happier to present to you our complete workshop schedule! We encourage all...
09/29/2015

Did someone say WORKSHOPS?!

-- We couldn't be happier to present to you our complete workshop schedule! We encourage all you #creatures to get involved in as much as you can and with over SEVENTY workshops theres certainly something for you to enjoy. Seek transformation... Be the Fire! #COTN #Workshops

Buy tickets now: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

Free tickets, free tickets! WHO WANTS FREE TICKETS?!-- Follow the link for the rules on how YOU and a FRIEND can attend ...
09/28/2015
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We are giving away 2 Passes to Creatures of the Night Music and Arts Festival featuring Lotus, Papadosio,(x2) Keller Williams, Emancipator Ensemble, Wax Tailor, Dopapod, Zoogma and a ton more! 1.) Share the below post on Facebook! 2.) Tag 3 friends who you want to join you at Creatures of the Nigh…

09/27/2015

Countdown Continues: *11* days remaining!! -- HURRY and grab your tickets before prices increase at the gates!

-- WORKSHOP SCHEDULE coming this week with *OVER 70* different engaging workshops for you to get involved in! You won't want to miss this! (yes.. over SEVENTY workshops)

Tickets: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

BRAND NEW music from Emancipator AND Random Rab just in time for Creatures of the Night! *SHARE* these new albums with y...
09/26/2015

BRAND NEW music from Emancipator AND Random Rab just in time for Creatures of the Night! *SHARE* these new albums with your friends and be sure to grab your tickets for COTN ---> http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

With only TWO WEEKS until COTN we are proud to present to you our daily Music schedule! -- We purposely spent some extra...
09/24/2015

With only TWO WEEKS until COTN we are proud to present to you our daily Music schedule!

-- We purposely spent some extra time on our schedule, making sure we gave all you #creatures the ability to see as many acts as possible, while also providing an even flow from artist to artist. We hope you enjoy! :D
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Hurry!! ONLY 2 weeks! Grab tix NOW! ---> http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

09/22/2015

* IMPORTANT INFORMATION* Please read EVERYTHING below ⇙⇙⇙

We've recently been getting lots of questions about hard copy tickets, parking, RV's etc. and wanted to take a moment to answer some of them! :) Please share this info with your friends and be sure to purchase your tickets online at: http://bit.ly/Creaturestix

1. When do gates open?

--- Gates open at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 8th. Admission into the festival grounds for Thursday night is $10 per person. Early admission passes are ONLY available at the GATE, so be prepared with $10 to enter the grounds for an entire extra night of camping. (You may even catch some special un-announced sets on one of our stages!!)

2. Can we camp with our cars?

--- No car camping at this years COTN. In order to fit all you beautiful creatures on our grounds and still leave room for all the amazing art installations, free area for creature like activity, fire domes, etc, we had to keep the cars off-site. We see our campgrounds to be much prettier without vehicles on them and are certain you'll think the same once you arrive and set up camp!

3. Where do I park my car?

--- We have a VERY close off-site parking lot that your car will be parked in. When we say very close, we really mean it. It should only take you a few minutes to walk from the campgrounds to your vehicle should you need to make the trip. Additionally, we will be providing SHUTTLES back and forth from the parking lot to the campgrounds should you want to avoid the short walk and throw your stuff on the bus at ease!

4. I purchased a ticket online. How do I receive my ticket?

--- ALL ticket purchasers' names are recorded on our WILL CALL list. Upon arrival, bring a valid ID to the gate and you will receive your hard copy tickets to keep as a souvenir as well as your wristband! Both our hard copy tickets and our wristbands are beautiful!! You guys are going to love the design work!

5. Is RV camping allowed?

--- YES! We absolutely have a section for RV's however RV passes are VERY LIMITED. Our RV section is fully equipped with hookups. If you're thinking about bring your RV be sure to grab an RV pass ASAP online ---> http://bit.ly/RVCreatures

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8002 Hwy-41N
Adams, TN
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Where’s the secret stash of official merchandise??? My biggest regret was not buying any then I was such a rookie!!!!