FloydFest prepares for Revival!

Now in its 8th incarnation, the festival will take place July 23-26, 2009 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.

Since its inception in 2002, FloydFest organizers have prided themselves in providing a safe and welcoming ground for a global community forum, and musical showcase steeped in Appalachian roots. This year's theme Revival echoes the festival's mission to serve as a holistic plateau for the restoration and rejuvenation of our individual values, and our living culture.

True to its Roots, FloydFest Greening efforts shine through this year with involvement of several organizations and key players. Turning our food waste & food-related packaging into compost is one of the best ways to increase the positive environmental impact, and festival organizers have partnered with PME Compost of Riner, Virginia to expand their system this year.

The festival is also proud to welcome Rock the Earth, the leading advocates working with the music industry and fans to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all. This year, Rock the Earth will be hosting two discussion panels that will focus on Social Change Through Music, complete with artists, farmers, and naturalists. Additionally, patrons are encouraged to stop by the Main Field booth and recycle their out-of-service cell phones for a chance to win discounts, merchandise, and surprise gifts! More information about this effort is available on CollectiveGood website: www.collectivegood.com/floydfest

The Healing Arts Village at FloydFest, sponsored by the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga is a place to relax, pick up new skills, get incredible bodywork, and buy art with spirit. Visitors and early risers will have a chance to be surrounded by beauty, the festival music, and the prayers of many as they stretch the body and mind during several scheduled workshops and classes, including Yoga, Belly Dance and Feldenkrais.

The Global Village will once again be the most relaxing busy spot on the site, hosting workshops by "The Last American Man" Eustace Conway, as well as the ENO Village, an idyllic forest shaded Hammock Lounge area, provided by Eagles Nest Outfitters.

The beautiful festival venue, Blue Cow Pavilion, is located at milepost 170.5 off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the 80-acre mountain plateau offers camping, a progressive 'Global Village' area of workshops and demonstrations, over one hundred artisans and crafters, food offerings ranging from pulled-pork BBQ to fresh sushi to hand-churned ice cream, a comprehensive healing arts area, and a Children's Universe, featuring stage performances geared toward children, puppetry, workshops, playground equipment and babysitting services.

Discounted tickets are available from the festival website through July 20th! Onsite RV and Souvenir packages have SOLD OUT early this year, but off-site park-and-camp tickets are still on sale! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.floydfest.com.

FloydFest 8: REVIVAL complete lineup: Blues Traveler, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Railroad Earth, Donna the Buffalo, Yard Dogs Road Show, Grupo Fantasma, The Felice Brothers, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, EOTO, Panjea featuring Chris Berry & Michael Kang, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Toubab Krewe, The Duhks, Forro in the Dark, The Sadies, Hot 8 Brass Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Lee Boys, Ollabelle, Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth, The Horse Flies, Adrienne Young & the Old Faithful, Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, The Belleville Outfit, Rose's Pawn Shop, R.I.S.E., Sol Driven Train, Steve Johnson Band, The Old Ceremony, Stop, Drop & Roll, Mad Tea Party, Luminescent Orchestrii, Sxip Shirey, The New Familiars, Boulder Acoustic Society, William Walter & Co., Blues and Lasers, Spiral, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, Barcelona Institute of Gospel, Whitetop Mountain Band, Blue Mule, Kat Mills, Ananda Bellydance, 3 Minute Lovin', The Transmitters, Christian Breeden/ American Dumpster, Eustace Conway, The Jugbusters, Hoorah Cloggers, Dry Hill Draggers, Community High Performance Band, and Musicians from the Crooked Road PLUS Under-the-Radar Music Series artists!