The inaugural High Water Festival wrapped up a two-day weekend Sunday, and organizers touted its success.
“Sold out in ten days,” said Jeff Cuellar with AC Entertainment. “That's beyond our wildest dreams, and I think it shows that the area was needing something of this nature. To come out of the gate swinging like this is a real treat for us and a real treat for everybody.”
In all, 8,500 tickets were sold on top of the more than 300 tickets that were given to volunteers who offered to work the event.
In total, Cuellar said the festival brought nearly 10,000 people to North Charleston’s River Front Park, including the artists and vendors.
The city is a part of the Lowcountry that many people at the event said they are glad to see finally discovered.
“It brings awareness to Park Circle and the Navy base,” said Shane Beal who lives in Hanahan. “A lot more people can look and see there's a lot more than just Mt. Pleasant and James Island.”
Cuellar said that was the plan all along.
“We like to come into a location that may be off the beaten path and find the nooks and crannies and things that make that culture something to celebrate and shine a light on it,” he said of the company’s decision to host High Water in North Charleston.
Between the local artists, food tents with creations from local chefs, and a Lowcountry Porch to sample the area’s many breweries, the festival celebrated a culture and brought in big money.
“We love the local music scene here, and we want to come out and support it,” said Kristin Gardener from James Island.
”We bought tickets the first day, and we were already on Tier 3, the most expensive one,” said Brad Banyas from Charleston.
Cuellar said the ticket sales from the event show that it helps drive tourism and a robust economy.
Plus, it’s to the delight of music lovers everywhere.
“It’s awesome,” said Gardener. “The set-up is beautiful. I like all the vendors and everything. It's a great event.”
Cuellar said they didn’t do an economic impact study this year, but they plan to in the future.