The third annual Carolina Indie Fest returns to downtown Sanford on May 12 and 13 with ten hours of all original rock, glam rock, country, R&B, glitter grunge, and more.

Ten bands will perform on stage at the rear of Hugger Mugger Brewing, 229 Wicker St. in Sanford, surrounded by food trucks, beer trucks and crafty vendors. The lineup is as follows:

Friday May 12:

5 p.m. The Five Nines – Rock and roll straight from the belly of Sanford

6:15 p.m. Paleface – Brilliant songwriter and touring indie legends

7:30 p.m. Hustle Souls – Soulful rock and R&B grooves out of Asheville

8:45 p.m. The Pseudo Cowboys – Raleigh-based band channeling 70s style rock

Saturday May 13:

3 p.m. Camp Culture – Psychedelic rock out of the Midwest

4:15 p.m. Blood Red River – A self-described action adventure band with surf, garage, punk, blues, and rockabilly influences

5:30 p.m. Haley Mae Campbell – Charleston, SC based Campbell is a country music up-and-comer whose music has been streamed over 20 million times on Spotify alone

6:45 p.m. Mom Rock – Named the 2022 Hot Band by Rolling Stone magazine, Mom Rock brings powerful pop sounds and energy to the stage

8 p.m. Rhinestone Pickup Truck – Garage rock band from a self-styled Appalachian “glitter grunge” artist

9:15 p.m. Regence – Alternative rock with a big sound out of Charlotte.

The brewery will also release a special festival beer and will re-release a small portion of the beer brewed for the Fall 2022 festival. Both beers were brewed in collaboration with festival beer sponsor Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic.

All artists are performing an hour of all original music, no covers, and while some bands are signed to a label others are self-promoting in the original Indie music fashion. Hugger Mugger Brewing considered over 1,000 submissions in making decisions on festival performers. The festival puts an emphasis on booking bands with an eclectic mix of genres. Past performers include the Accidentals, Mike Dillon’s Punkadelic, Willow Hill, Cliff Wheeler Band, Nitro Nitra and more.

For more information, visit For festival questions contact Tim Emmert (