More than 100 artists will steward a dreamscape across nine stages and five days for the 2016 edition of the award-winning FloydFest, dubbed "Dreamweavin'" and taking place July 27 to 31, 2016, at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Va.
Remaining tickets are available now at www.floydfest.com or by calling (888) 695-0888 for five days of music, magic and mountains, featuring outdoor adventure, vibrant and varied vendors, quality craft brews and chews, healing arts, children's activities and a lineup featuring Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes' Ashes & Dust, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Leftover Salmon, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Keller Williams, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Shakey Graves, Railroad Earth, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival, Anders Osborne, Rich Robinson and many more.
Recently receiving top accolades from TIME Magazine and Fox News, the Southeast's premier summer outdoor music festival's lineup doesn't stop there -- 2016's marquee of music and magic also features Greensky Bluegrass, Pimps of Joytime, Bombino, Monophonics, Otis Taylor Band, The Larry Keel Experience, Love Canon, Con Brio, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Head for the Hills, Liz Vice, Los Colognes, Selasee & The Fafa Family, Dave Eggar Trio, Monster Atlantic, Roosterfoot, Blue Mule, Look Homeward, The Midatlantic, Bloodkin, The Steepwater Band, Dead 27s, Mingo Fishtrap, Honey Island Swamp Band, Polyrhythmics, The Congress, The Defibulators, Banditos, Caravan of Thieves, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dustbowl Revival, Keller & The Keels, T Sisters, The Screaming Js, Marley Carroll, Higher Learning, Tigerman WOAH!, These Wild Plains, Little Tybee, The Show Ponies, The Wild Reeds, The Mallett Brothers Band, Cask Mouse, Cactus Attack, The Hanumen, Party Liberation Front, Blind Owl Band, Cabin Creek, Dalton Dash, The Devyl Nellys, Forlorn Strangers, Grand Ole' Ditch, Mason Via, Moonshine District, Of Company, Rob Nance & The Lost Souls, The Wildmans, Zoe Ravenwood, The Shack Band, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, Skribe, The Hip Abduction, Urban Soil, Octopus, doby, Dale & the ZDubs, FeelFree, Spiral, and Community High Band.
"This year's lineup represents what we at AtWP love most: non-hype roots music that delivers soul-wrenching, heart-drenching performances every time," Kris Hodges, producer and CEO, said. "When you strip away the hype, what's left is the core or soul of anything. Strip our artists and us down and we'll show you what we mean ... and have fun, to boot! No roots. No tree. It's simple."
Voted 'Best Outdoor Music Festival,' FloydFest also offers myriad ticket options for its Outdoor Adventure programs, including its popular On-the-Water Guided Float Trips (kayaking, tubing, canoeing), 5K Trail Race and Belcher Mountain Beatdown mountain-bike excursion. Emanating from FloydFest's Outdoor Adventure Headquarters, both ticketed and free outdoor adventure excursions launch daily, including guided hikes on the Moonstomper Hiking Trail, disc golf on the venue's Innova Disc Golf Course, and mountain-bike trips. Visit www.floydfest.com/activities/outdoor-adventure/ for more information and a packing list.
The indelible dream continues with myriad workshops and panels, peppered over the five days of the festival. From to mixed media to meditation, from capeoria to cape making, from stilt walking to storytelling, from drumming to dance, and from coffee talks to campfire jams to wilderness medicine, patrons will listen and learn in between the music and magic.
"Crafting a holistic outdoor event can't be something you posture; it has to be about pulling together all the elements that combine to create your own ideal outdoor music festival -- and for all of us it's all these things: music, camping, fun outdoor games and adventure, workshops, children, art, ambiance, great craft beer, etc.; it's a 'friends-around-the-campfire' sort of thing," Erika Johnson, co-founder and CFO, said.
Children and teens also have a home at FloydFest. Complimentary childcare is offered via FloydFest's Children's Universe, as well as plethora activities, such as juggling, face painting, puppets, stilts, hooping, yoga, open mic sessions, a playground, and more. Teens will enjoy the onsite climbing wall, art workshops, drumming lessons, meditation, and 'chill zones,' as well as daily planned activities in the Teen Scene at the Imagine Tent.
Healing Arts are also core to FloydFest, including meditation, tarot readings, dream interpretation, facials, Reiki, medicinal/edible plant walks, and more. Multiple massage therapists are in attendance, offering everything from deep tissue, prenatal, hot stones, and migraine therapy, and yoga is featured daily. There's even a dreamcatcher-making workshop, to boot.
"One of FloydFest's most unique characteristics is how the theme changes annually. It really lends to keeping it fresh and relevant," Johnson said. "Our theory is that if you're not shaking things up a bit, being exploratory, then you risk becoming complacent; this is true for individuals, for businesses, for artists, for events, for everything, really. Dreamweavin' is about that exploration; it's about giving credibility to the imagination, about cultivating a willingness to suspend our growing collective cynicism, and to honor our own inner dreamer and the collective potential to dream together."
FloydFest is proud of its solid support from a host of partners, including Dreaming Creek, Streamline, WROV, Sierra Club, ENO, Ferrum, Farm To Feet, Sunbelt, Black Feather, Parkway Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Foothills Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Virginia Lottery, Virginia is for Music Lovers, Floyd Rustic, Blue Ridge Country, Osprey, Back Country Ski and Sport, Klean Kanteen, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Buchi, Sticks and Stones, Highland, Peluso Microphone Lab, Inline Vape, Headcount, Spindrift, Clean Energy Advisors, Slackline industries, and Innova.
Onsite and offsite camping tickets are still available, and, although certain ticket types are in short supply, single-day, 3-Day, 4-Day and 5-Day tickets and HOV-EZ Pass Bundles are also still for sale. In even-shorter supply are FloydFest's High-Roller All-Access VIP tickets, which feature fully catered meals, free beer and wine (and more), backstage access, private camping, free massage, onsite parking, and so much more. And, when purchasing tickets, don't forget to donate $1 to Appalachian Voices, FloydFest's partner and 2016 featured nonprofit; FloydFest will match every patron donation.
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.