Outer Banks Mustang Music Festival Announces Big Changes For 2014

Posted By on June 25, 2014

This year’s Mustang Music Festival in Corolla will see some big changes, as the event celebrates its fourth year, relocating to the much more spacious Whalehead Club to make room for bigger acts, larger attendance, and a new Kid Zone!

Read on for the full press release, and them mark your calendars for the 2014 Mustang Music Festival this October 10-11.

The Outer Banks-based Mustang Music Festival celebrates its fourth year with a move to a new and improved venue, layout, and lineup, along with an expansion of the Artisan Market, the Mustang Outreach Program, and the KidZone, plus the addition of a stand up paddle race on the Festival grounds. Onsite cultural installations from stage design to displays throughout the site will add to the beauty that is the Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla, the Festival’s new home this October 10-11th.

This year, Festival Director, Mike Dianna, has really upped the ante where musical talent is concerned and has made the jump to bring in some larger acts. 

The lineup for Mustang Music Festival 4 includes southern swamp-rockers JJ Grey and Mofro and funky soulsters, The New Mastersound.  Also joining the bill are a blend of soul, indie, folk, funk and roots musicians from across the country including The Revivalists, Roadkill Ghost Choir, The London Souls, New Madrid, Jamie Kent, Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot, People’s Blues of Richmond, Zack Mexico, The Tills, Formula, Dewey Via,Category 5 and the 2014 Mustang Challenge winners, Soul House Revival. 

Additional bands will be added in the coming weeks as well, incorporating the Mustang Outreach Program student participants.

Kitty Hawk Kites will be presenting a KidZone chock full of kite-making and flying, toy demonstrations, face painting, chalk art, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical shark and more will provide fun for the whole family Friday, October 10th from 2pm-6pm and Saturday, October 11th from 12pm-6pm. OBX Island Childcare will be keeping the kiddos busy throughout the day and will be offering drop-in care.  Details will be available closer to the event.

The first annual Paddle for the Horses, sponsored by Kitty Hawk Surf Co., will open registration on July 1st and will be held on Saturday, October 11th.  Details will be available on the Festival website. While participants do not need to be festival ticket-holders, there will be pricing incentives for those that wish to add on to their race registration and attend the festival. This facet of the event benefits and pays tribute to the Festival’s namesake and primary beneficiary, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

For the craft show enthusiast and those in search of some early holiday deals, the Fest’s Artisan Market will boast over thirty artisans coming from all over Virginia and North Carolina with a special local’s section. This segment is specially curated to ensure unique, quality, multi-medium work from a myriad of creative vendors.

Also new to the event is a Craft Beer Village. While primary beer sponsor, SweetWater Brewing Co.’s, brand will be sold throughout the site, they will be creating a specialty brew that will be served alongside up to six other local breweries who will be sampling their favorite seasonals and specialty casks.

For more information on the festival, ticketing options, and more, please visit www.mustangmusicfestival.com.

Guests and fans may also follow the event on social media at www.facebook.com/mmfobx, on Twitter @mmfobx, and on Instagram @mustangmusicfest.


Four years ago, local OBX business owner, Mike Dianna, dreamed up a festival stating, “I want to produce a festival that musicians want to play; an event where vendors have a blast while making a profit; where sponsors not only have a fantastic time entertaining their clients, friends and families, but also leave them wanting to support the event annually; a festival where patrons and fans await the next year the moment that they step off of the site; an event which benefits one of the region’s most sacred assets, the Corolla Wild Horses.” This vision still holds true as the mission of the Mustang Music Festival, founded in 2010, enters its fourth year this October 10-11th, and is presented by Mike Dianna’s Grill Room and Saga Construction and Development.


The Corolla Wild Horse Fund was formed “to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, and to promote the continued preservation of this land as a permanent sanctuary for horses designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina.” The Colonial Spanish Mustang is on the Critically Endangered Breed list of the American Livestock Conservancy and on the Nearly Extinct list of the Equus Survival Trust. For more info and history on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, visit www.corollawildhorses.com.

Mustang Music Festival 2014 poster


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