What’s new at the Old Settler’s Music Festival this year? Well, everything.

After celebrating its 30th year in 2017 at the Driftwood site just southwest of Austin that had been the festival’s home since 2002, the area’s premier roots-music event endured enormous changes during the offseason. The end result: Old Settler’s 2018 commences this weekend at a new location, on land the festival purchased in rural Caldwell County southeast of Lockhart.

Before last year’s fest, director Jean Spivey had hinted at the possibility of changes on the horizon, noting that Old Settler’s was "kind of busting at the seams" on the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch grounds they’d rented for 16 years. "We need to think about the long-term viability,"she said, "so that we can continue to go on for another 30 years."

Read more about how the changes happened and this year’s lineup for the fest, which opens Thursday, on our premium website.