The Toadlick Music Festival was a popular rock and roll and country music festival in Alabama launched in 2012. The festival featured big name artists playing in an environment with a small town feel. Toadlick officially ended after 2016, but another report noted that the organizers did not rule out the possibility of the festival someday returning.
The festival took place in Dothan, Alabama in the heart of the American South, and it became known for its big name artists, relaxed outdoor style, and family-friendly atmosphere complete with tents, camping, RVs, good food, and a fair that featured "The World's Best Corn Dog" and carnival-style entertainment for families.
Unfortunately, it was also known for its inclement weather. The unpredictable storm systems of Alabama occasionally delayed or canceled sets.
In this on-site interview with a media personality discussing Toadlick, you can see the location and relaxed feel of the festival in the background.
Here's a bird's-eye view (or drone's eye) of the Toadlick Festival stage, crowd, and location:
The festival focused primarily on country artists big and small and a variety of rock artists ranging from classic rock to alternative rock.
The festival's artists included:
- Kid Rock
- Hank Williams Jr.
- Derryl Perry
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Bret Michaels
- 3 Doors Down
- Chris Daughtry
- Charlie Daniels
- Billy Currington
- Joe Nichols
- Clay Walker
- The Band Perry
- Lee Brice
- Randy Houser
- Sam Hunt
- Blackberry Smoke
- JJ Grey & Mofro
- The Vegabonds
When you search for Toadlick Festival on YouTube, many fans have posted videos of the artists listed above, but none of the videos are on the official pages of the artist, so they are not officially authorized for sharing. Fortunately, country artist Derryl Perry provided a video of his Toadlick set on his official YouTube Channel.
Other Unique Features of Toadlick
Toadlick took the camping aspect of festivals seriously, and this made the festival stand out for concertgoers. Not only did the festival provide spaces for basic tent camping and on-site camping with picnic tables and fire pits like you would find in a nice camp ground facility, they provided full hook ups for RVs.
In other words, Toadlick was the best of both worlds: a camping vacation combined with an outdoor concert experience. It even featured fairground-inspired areas with inflatable water slides and carnival-styled food booths.
Toadlick was also serious about partying. Every festival day featured big after parties when the festival "ended," thereby concertgoers could gather around an outdoor, tented bar on the festival grounds, hear more bands play on a much smaller stage, have some good beer and food, and get to know their fellow concertgoers a little better.
Concertgoers loved the festival, as seen in the comments on its Facebook page (linked at top of article). They especially enjoyed the camping, carnival atmosphere, and artist lineup.
No festival is perfect, however, and complaints usually arose from the unpredictable Alabama weather that sometimes canceled shows and the occasional lack of communication about when and where various special events (such as the after parties) at the festival would take place.
Other complaints mentioned that Toadlick advertised themselves as family-friendly, which attracted families with young children. However, when Kid Rock (and other artists) took the stage, their language was R-rated and not child appropriate, which prompted a few complaints online about the festival's advertising.
Sounds Like Nashville, however, gave Toadlick a rave review, and The Country Sip also gushed about the festival in its review. Artist Bret Michaels, in the video below, gave the festival a top dollar review from the artist's perspective.
One of the Most Fun Festivals Around
The more you read about Toadlick, the more one word comes to mind: fun. Toadlick was clearly a blast-a festival beloved by both concertgoer and artist. It's unfortunate that it's no longer around, but by all accounts it had a great run during its five years of Toadlicking, and it likely lives long in the memories of fans who attended.