The Festy is on the move this year, heading to IX Art Park and Three Notch’d Brewery with the music of Dawes, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Samantha Fish, Langhorne Slim, Della Mae, Anders Osborne, Rubblebucket, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and Kendall Street Company, plus other bands.
The festival, set for Oct. 11 to 13, won’t need to offer the on-site camping it made available at the Lockn’ site in Nelson County. It’ll be presented in a downtown Charlottesville environment that many people can walk to or reach by bicycle, public transportation or free shuttles. There also will be room set aside on Monticello Avenue for Uber drop-offs and scooter access.
Michael Allenby, The Festy’s co-founder, said the new venue offers a new approach to the festival’s three pillars of “family friendly, eco friendly and world-class music.”
“For us, there was something about the outdoor experience, and we connected that to environmentalism. Now we have the opportunity to bring more people to Charlottesville.”
The family-friendly aspect offers music-loving parents and active children an easier festival experience, thanks to on-site child care and a large kids’ zone.
“Now we’re accessible to them,” Allenby said, adding that Little Planets, which had been heading up children’s activities at the former site, already is based at IX. “We’re going to have child care at IX. We’re going to have changing stations.”
The Festy can stay true to its commitment to being a zero-waste and carbon-neutral event in part by keeping a lot of vehicles out of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“The biggest carbon footprint we had in the past was thousands of cars driving out into the country,” Allenby said.
As for the music, fans can expect an accessible variety of musical genres from national and regional acts.
“This year, we’ve diversified the lineup,” Allenby said, pointing to reggae, blues and bluegrass acts on the schedule.
Also available will be wellness programming, including yoga, guided meditations and massage. Virginia wines, craft beers, ciders and artisanal spirits will be featured, along with a variety of local food trucks.
Tickets already are on sale for $119 for three days of music and events; children ages 12 and younger get in for free. Get all the details online at thefesty.com.