High Water 2024 Preview

Wash up on North Charleston’s Riverfront Park for High Water, Saturday & Sunday, April 20th & 21st....
High Water
High Water

Wash up on North Charleston’s Riverfront Park for High Water, Saturday & Sunday, April 20th & 21st:



Stono Stage


Noah Kahan, 9:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Check out the folk-infused pop of Noah Kahan (QRO photos at a ’23 festival), coming to headline High Water (QRO photos at a ’24 festival) behind last year’s Sick Season (QRO photos from last summer).

Noah Kahan

Fleet Foxes, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

After the decent Sun Giant EP (QRO review), maybe no band broke out in as big a way in 2008 as Fleet Foxes with their self-titled debut full-length (QRO review) – a breakthrough that earned them (QRO photos at a festival) a fair share of hype-backlash. The Seattle band’s folk hymnals garnered huge popularity (some of which was due to their more engaging live shows – QRO photos). After the whirlwind, the Foxes took some time off, but came back in 2011 Helplessness Blues (QRO review), disappeared again, and in 2017 come back (QRO ’17 live review, playing for television) behind Crack-Up (QRO review). 2020 saw Shore, and whether or not you think they’re overrated (QRO ’23 photos), they come to High Water (QRO photos at a festival).

Fleet Foxes

Courtney Barnett, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett (QRO photos at a festival) won fans like Rolling Stone and New York Times after her CMJ 2013 performance (QRO festival recap), with funny, rambling lyrics and a deadpan delivery (QRO photos). Since then she’s just gone and won fans outside of just critics with 2015 debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, 2018’s team-up with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice and her own Tell Me How You Really Feel, and 2021’s Things Take Time, Take Time as well as playing a ton of festivals (QRO photos at a festival), now coming to High Water (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Courtney Barnett

Houndmouth, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

From somewhere others consider nowhere, New Albany, Indiana, Houndmouth (QRO photos at a Middle America festival) have managed to make it by working the Americana rock road (QRO photos at a ’23 festival), and are coming to High Water behind 2021’s Good For You (QRO review).



Olivia Jean, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Olivia Jean


Edisto Stage


Shovels & Rope, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

South Carolina folk duo Shovels & Rope (QRO ’23 photos) – a.k.a. husband & wife Michael Trent & Cary Ann Hearst (QRO photos at a festival) – finally found success when they teamed up, and have been getting serious notice (QRO photos at a festival), particularly with their Busted Jukebox series of cover albums, and 2022’s Manticore (QRO ’23 photos).

Shovels & Rope

The Walkmen, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

The Brooklyn rock music scene of the aughts culminated in The Walkmen (QRO photos at a festival in Brooklyn). The band (QRO live review) grew from their more soused early days (QRO photos – which included a front-to-back cover of John Lennon & Harry Nilsson’s drunken weekend Pussy CatsQRO review) to a sadder, but more accomplished act (QRO photos at a festival) by 2008’s You & Me (QRO review). Their live show (QRO live review) similarly evolved (QRO photos at a festival), if losing some of that early fun, but certainly gotten classier (QRO live review). But, even at festivals (QRO photos at a festival) or outdoors (QRO photos outdoors), they ranged nicely (QRO photos at a festival) from barstool rockers like oldies “The Rat” (QRO video) and “Thinking of a Dream I Had” (QRO video) plus the newer “The Blue Route” (QRO video) to sadder pint glass-raisers like older “Another One Goes By” (QRO video) and “Louisiana” (QRO video), plus the newer “On the Water” (QRO video) from 2010’s classy Lisbon (QRO review), made on site in Portugal (QRO live review in Europe). But a year after 2012’s Heaven (QRO review) and single “We Can’t Be Beat” (QRO review), the group went on hiatus, with various band members releasing solo work.

Until last year, as the iconic Walkmen (QRO photos) returned (QRO photos at a festival), with a series of shows in NYC (QRO live review from NYC ’23 reunion show) and further (QRO reunion photos in London). They seemed to close out the reunion as the year closed out (QRO ‘23 live review of final show), but instead are keeping it going, including at High Water (QRO photos at a festival).

The Walkmen


The Dip, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Leyla McCalla, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Al Olender, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The Dip





Stono Stage


Hozier, 9:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Ireland’s Andrew Hozier-Byrne (QRO live review in England) comes to High Water (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) off of this year’s Unreal Unearth. The folk-pop star broke through in 2014 with the massive single “Take Me To the Church” – which had seen him being impersonated by Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live!


The Flaming Lips, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

There’s a good reason The Flaming Lips (QRO photos at a festival) have been so popular for so long on the festival circuit (QRO photos at a festival), as there is no live show out there like a Flaming Lips live show (QRO live review). Confetti cannons, costumes, video screens, balloons from the sky, puppets, singer/guitarist Wayne Coyne (QRO interview) surfing the crowd in a giant plastic bubble – The Lips have it all (QRO photos), and expect them to take it even higher (QRO photos at a festival) as they play their umpteenth festival (QRO photos at a festival).

Oh, and they’ve got some great music, too, from early nineties hit “She Don’t Use Jelly” to seminal The Soft Bulletin (QRO photos from top-to-bottom performance, at a festival), as well as 2006’s Grammy Award-winning At War With the Mystics (even put out a movie, Christmas On MarsQRO review), and 2009’s Embryonic (QRO review), 2013’s The Terror (QRO review), 2017’s Oczy Mlody (QRO review), 2019’s King’s Mouth (QRO review), and 2020’s American Head (QRO review). Plus they (QRO spotlight on) appeared in an issue of X-Men, headlined both The Colbert Report’s ‘Pepsi Presents StePhest ColbChella ‘012 Rocktaugustfest’ (QRO photos) and Amnesty International’s ‘Bring Human Rights Home’ event (QRO recap). They’re perfect to come to High Water (QRO photos at a ’21 festival), to perform the classic Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (QRO photos performing Yoshimi in full at a ’23 festival), and where one can expect it to get a little weird (QRO live review).

The Flaming Lips

The Wallflowers, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

The Wallflowers formed over three decades ago in Los Angeles around Jakob Dylan, son of yes, that ‘other’ Dylan (Thomas?…). Jakob came out from his father’s massive shadow with 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse and hits like “8th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight” (though JD was outshone by Bruce Springsteen when they did “Headlight” together on the 1997 MTV VMAs…), though haven’t reached that height since. Jakob Dylan has done his own solo tours (QRO live review), but gotten a new Wallflowers behind him (QRO live review), most recently with 2021’s Exit Wounds (QRO review), and now at High Water.

The Wallflowers

The Linda Lindas, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Punk rock stills speaks to the kids – kids like The Linda Lindas (QRO photos at a festival). Just teenagers (even tweens), the four girls were winning lots of fans, from Bikini Kill to Amy Poehler, even before blowing up last year thanks to their viral kiss-off hit “Racist, Sexist Boy”, and now come to High Water (QRO photos at a ‘22 festival) behind 2022’s debut full-length, Growing Up.

The Linda Lindas


Cut Worms, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Cut Worms


Edisto Stage


Grace Potter, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

While many jam bands on the festival circuit seem to have been playing since the sixties, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (QRO photos at a festival) formed & broke out in this century (QRO photos at festival), thanks to 2007’s This Is Somewhere. The funky blues-soul act (QRO photos at a festival) earned major praise for 2010’s self-titled release (QRO review) and 2012’s The Lion The Beast The Beat, and got bigger & bigger (QRO photos at a festival).

In 2015, however, Grace Potter went solo (QRO photos at a festival) and released her first proper solo album, Midnight, following it up with 2019’s Daylight. During COVID she couldn’t tour, so did a weekly Twilight streaming series, including an episode on the set of the original Star Trek. Beam me up, Potty (QRO photos at a festival), as she is back on the Mother Road (QRO live review last year), coming to High Water (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Grace Potter

Briston Maroney, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Knoxville’s Briston Maroney (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) has come from auditioning for American Idol to a major label (QRO ’24 photos).

Briston Maroney

Kevin Morby, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Formerly the bassist for The Woods and frontman for The Babies, songwriter Kevin Morby (QRO photos at a festival) has since struck out on his own (QRO ’23 photos), most recently with last year’s This Is a Photograph (QRO review).

Kevin Morby


The Heavy Heavy, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Babe Club, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The Heavy Heavy