WonderStruck Festival 2021 Live

KIRTLAND, Ohio — WonderStruck music festival is set to take over Lakeland Community College July 24-25, featuring dozens of band and musician performances.

It’s a big moment for Northeast Ohio, ushering in large outdoor concerts and festivals following a year of cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic. Elevation Group president Denny Young, who organizes the festival, said he anticipates 25,000 attendees over the course of WonderStruck’s two days.

Tickets are still available for the festival, ranging from $115 for single-day general admission tickets, to $499 weekend VIP passes (with discounts available for kids under 10 years old). Find tickets at wonderstruckfest.com/tickets.

While you’re getting ready for the fest, here are five things to know before you head out to Kirtland:

1. New venue

WonderStruck might sound like a new music festival, but it’s not all that new. Formerly known as LaureLive, the two-day live music event has changed its name and moved to a new location: the grounds of Lakeland Community College, at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland.

As opposed to the fest’s former home at Laurel School’s Butler campus, the new grounds are in more of a square shape, which means attendees won’t have to bolt from stage to stage to see bands perform.

“There won’t be such a great length between where you can buy merch, and where the third stage was at LaureLive,” Young said. “Now, everything will be compact and closer. I think that benefits everybody.”
Row of people standing against a barrier in front of a stage performance.

2. COVID-19 protocols

Though the coronavirus pandemic is still affecting life in Ohio, it won’t prevent WonderStruck from taking place. The festival will follow local and state-level COVID-19 recommendations. At this time, those recommendations do not include face mask or social distancing requirements, or capacity limits.

Because the festival uses 400 acres of outdoor space at Lakeland Community College, Young said that will offer attendees plenty of room to spread out if they choose to do so.

Hand sanitizer company GermX has partnered with the festival to give out free samples of sanitizer to all attendees. The WonderStruck team will also ramp up its cleaning throughout the day and deep-clean common areas between Saturday and Sunday’s events, Young said.

Vaccines will not be required to attend the festival — but the festival will offer COVID-19 vaccines to attendees, through a Lake County general health district station near the festival entrance.

3. Food

Unlike other festivals that focus on quick-service fried foods, WonderStruck aims to offer more on its menu (well, along with some fried food, too). The festival will host food kiosks and food trucks overseen by Fabio Salerno of Cleveland restaurant Lago East Bank; Salerno also oversaw the fest’s 2019 food offerings.

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals should be available at Wonderstruck, along with plenty of snacks to keep festivalgoers fed over two days.
One performer onstage, in front of big crowd of people in a music festival.

4. Plan ahead for parking

One perk to WonderStruck’s venue is that it has plenty of onsite parking, along with nearby satellite locations with shuttle service to the festival gates. However, parking must be purchased — and if guests want a prime spot, they should get their passes ahead of time, festival organizers said. Passes cost $20 per day and are available for purchase on WonderStruck’s website.

“Parking onsite is not unlimited, and there are very conveniently located satellite parking lots,” Young said. “But if you do want to park onsite, I strongly recommend you go online and buy your parking passes now.”
Lineup poster of performing artists.

5. Lineup

What would a music festival be without music? WonderStruck will showcase 28 bands and artists over the course of two days, with Walk the Moon, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. The Man and AJR set to headline each night. Pop stars Lennon Stella and Tate McRae are particular highlights, along with Trombone Shorty, who performed at the festival in 2018.

A strong selection of local artists includes The Vindys, Detention, The Floorwalkers, .wavrunner, Sarah Bailey and Brent Kirby.

Unlike past years, the festival couldn’t bring in any bands from outside of the United States, due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“This year, we don’t have the luxury of having that diverse, international flavor, and that is directly related to the fact that our borders simply are not open yet,” Young said.

Find more information about WonderStruck at wonderstruckfest.com.

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