UPDATE: FloydFest 18~Wild has just released another small, but potent dose of artists for the 2018 roster, this time with a decidedly Nashville leaning. Winners of multiple Grammy Awards, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit emerge as a strong headliner for FloydFest, with a sound and message that fit the festival’s culture incredibly well. Also added to the mix are some of Music City’s most exciting singer-songwriters in Langhorne Slim and Nikki Lane, each bringing their own badass approaches to Americana music.
Look out on The Poke Around for the next wave of “Wild” to be released on December 5.
Article sourced from Across-the-Way Production press release.
FloydFest 18~Wild, the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, will be taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 25 to 29, 2018, at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va.
This year, Foster the People, The Infamous Stringdusters, Antibalas, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Steel Wheels, Devon Gilfillian, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, in addition to 2017 FloydFest On-the-Rise Competition winner, South Hill Banks, and runner-up, Dharma Bombs, will be rounding out Across-the-Way Productions’ initial artist announcement for the 18th annual event. New additions and surprises are a plenty for FloydFest 18, one of which is the much-requested return of Onsite RV Parking.
Across-the-Way Productions released early-bird tickets for FloydFest 18~Wild at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, via its brand-new www.floydfest.com, in tandem with a sampling of the artist lineup that will descend on Floyd, Va., July 25 to 29, 2018. Early-bird tickets are available through Dec. 31, 2017, with an increase to Tier 2 prices scheduled for Jan. 1, 2018.
“This is ‘wild’ as we find in nature — it’s an essence, it’s an energy, it’s an authentic state of being,” Kris Hodges, co-founder and CEO, explained. “Our lives these days get so disconnected, so discordant, so consumed in a rat race, that we forget to stop and enjoy and embrace this life. We invite you to recall your ‘wild;’ be as a child.”
Recently receiving top accolades from TIME Magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Charlie Rose and Fox News, FloydFest 18’s initial artist lineup capstones Indie-powerhouse Foster The People fresh-off the heels of their third album, Sacred Hearts Club (July 2017), celebrated as a dazzling demonstration of the group’s infinite creative powers, fusing neo-psychedelia, punk, funk, electronic, dance and hip-hop. Having catapulted to international stardom via 2010’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People haven’t slowed their trajectory, receiving multiple Grammy Award nominations, touring globally, and reinventing their sound, defying while defining new musical genres.
The Infamous Stringdusters joins the FloydFest 18~Wild lineup five days after the debut of the band’s third release of 2017 (Undercover Vol. 2, following Laws of Gravity and Laws of Gravity Live). Letting the past inform and the present propel, the Stringdusters’ style and substance are uniquely infamous and remarkably popular, positioning the band perfectly for a return trip to the mountain.
Inspired by Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra, Brooklyn-based Antibalas are heralded afrobeat ambassadors, credited with introducing the West African-funk-jazz fusion genre to a wider global audience. Also making waves on a global scale is Hiss Golden Messenger, whose latest album Hallelujah Anyhow (September 2017) is defining the next direction of the formidable Indie-folk genre.
Hailing from our home—Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains—The Steel Wheels return for FloydFest 18 for another progressive folk infusion, and, for the first time on the mountain, Wild will welcome Devon Gilfillian, who will fire his twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul into the emerging lineup. Joining this extraordinary initial bill are 2017 FloydFest On-the-Rise Competition winner and runner-up, South Hill Banks and Dharma Bombs, as well as Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, a fast-picking folk band peppered with an indelibly soulful voice. The next scheduled round of artist additions will be released Nov. 14, with more to follow in December, January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018, according to Hodges.
The unforgettable magic that was FloydFest 16’s (Dreamweavin’) and FloydFest 17’s (Freedom) Buffalo Mountain Jam will return in 2018 for its third-annual installment, with more details due for release in the coming months. Known for its impromptu artist collaborations, super jams and special guests, the Buffalo Mountain Jam’s lineup gets even ‘wilder’ for the 18th annual event— something absolutely not to be missed.
“The Buffalo Mountain Jam is extremely important to witness—it’s a capstone of the festival, spotlighting ‘new-school newgrass,’” Hodges said. “It’s a free-form jam that speaks to the quality of the musicians that make it happen … and this year it’s going to get wild.”
A couple of notable ticketing additions debut for FloydFest 18 — the option for a 2-Day GA ticket (available a la carte or in a bundle with a Tent Tag; and available for entry on Saturday and Sunday only), and the much-requested return of Onsite RV Parking! Based on customer demand, FloydFest 18 will re-introduce a small number of Onsite RV Parking passes, available in two options: Small RV (20’-by-30’ space) and Large RV (20’-by-40’ space). The new Onsite RV Parking passes (which do not include GA tickets; only parking for an RV) go on sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, via FloydFest.com.
As always, FloydFest will also include vibrant and varied vendors, quality craft brews and chews, healing arts, workshops and whimsy, children’s activities, onsite art installations and a final lineup featuring more than 100 artists performing on nine+ stages.
Voted ‘Best Outdoor Music Festival,’ FloydFest is also selling tickets to its Outdoor Adventure programs during the early-bird ticket on-sale, including its popular On-the-Water Guided Float Trips and Belcher Mountain Beatdown mountain-bike excursion.
As its token of gratitude to loyal FloydFest fans, AtWP continues its Alumni Program in 2018, for all patrons that purchase prior to Dec. 31, 2017, joining the FloydFest Alumni family. In addition to frozen ticket prices through 2019—and a four-day head start on purchasing tickets, annually—FF Alumni enjoy special parties and perks throughout the year and at AtWP events.
FloydFest is located at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va. Detailed directions are available by clicking to www.floydfest.com.
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