When the second Nateva Festival was canceled, fans of outdoor music and camping were at a loss — some fans, that is. Already well in the works was The Way Life Should Be Camping and Music Festival, which will run from Friday, June 3 (gates open 9 a.m.) through noon Sunday, June 5 at Roaring Acres Farm, 167 Reynolds Road.

The fest is being organized by David Pike of Islesboro and Peter Courand of Belfast. Pike has produced a smaller festival the last five years on Islesboro. Headliners at those events, and at The Way Life Should Be, is Stream Reggae, southern Maine’s purveyor of deep roots reggae, soca, dancehall and zouk. In addition to reggae, musical genres will include bluegrass, rock, jazz, funk, hip hop and electronic.

The idea for The Way Life Should Be came about after Pike attended this winter’s Arctic Luau in Carmel, where Stream Reggae performed. The event sold out its 400 seats, but Pike detected some flaws with the flow of the event.

“It was then that it hit me that I can use my festival organizational skills along with my degree in public relations and advertising to throw a festival,” said Pike.

“This is our first year putting together a music festival. It’s been a life-long dream for both myself and my business partner Dave to throw a music festival in this area and support local musicians,” said Courand.

Artists slated to appear at this inaugural The Way Life Should Be Festival are Stream Reggae, Roots of Creation, Sophistafunk, The Cyborg Trio, SkyFoot, The Running Gags, Chaos Sauce, Jammin’ Toast, Herd of Watts, Fiddle Head, Free Advice, DJ Dradis (DJ Les), Lost Between Sound and Heads in the Clouds.

Pike and Courand describe their event as a music and camping festival for people who enjoy awesome music, friendly strangers and scenic camping.

“This is not a rave. My good buddy over in Belmont has that scene covered,” said Pike, referring to the annual Beltek summer fest.

Restrictions for the weekend include those against glass containers, open fires, fireworks, weapons and pets. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and the event is on a cash-only basis on site. A maximum of 2,500 tickets is available.

Advance tickets, as well as more information about the event, are available online at thewaylifeshouldbe.ticketleap.com. A full weekend/Friday through Sunday camping and general admission pass is $40, and will be $50 at the gate. A limited number of VIP passes are available for $80 and include access to a more secluded camping area, full access to the private tent and backstage activities. For $85, RV drivers can get a weekend pass and on-site parking, albeit with no electrical hookup; additional passengers must purchase separate tickets.

Compared to what Nateva was charging, The Way Life Should Be seems like a steal, especially for Midcoast music fans who can expect to be joined by others from farther away.

“We did not base it off of the cancellation of Nateva; however, that has helped our ticket sales some,” said Courand.

As the festival approaches, Pike and Courand are pulling together the final details for what they hope will be a festival people can actually rely on because “nobody knows how to rage a festival better than people from the 207.”

“This area is so hungry for live music, and there is no place more beautiful than Maine in the summer,” said Pike.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.