5th Annual Northeast Kingdom Music Festival

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The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival is an independent, grassroots festival that eschews big corporate sponsorship and does not believe in selling water to its attendees. The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival was created to bring back the old-school vibe, where a family event was not necessarily watered down and a good party did not mean a total lack of consciousness. The festival attracts a non-traditional, multi-aged festival crowd to a site that is both intimate and epic in its proportions.

The 5th Annual N.E.K. Music Fest takes place Aug. 3 & 4, 2007 at The Chilly Ranch in East Albany, Vermont (about 10 minutes off I-91 exit 25).

NEKMF books eclectically in genres such as Funk, Bluegrass, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Americana, Rock and World music and is especially interested in hip-hop, high energy, instrumentally proficient bluegrass and gyspsy music submissions. The booking emphasis is on musical integrity and original, roots and rhythm oriented music that is danceable. We generally eschew booking "jam-bands" although they are booked on occasion. However, instrumental prowess is particularly appealing.

We will have 2 or possibly 3 slots for Sonicbids members.

Compensation is negotiable, but the lower fee/bands willing to play for "exposure" most likely to get booked. A travel stipend is possible and VIP camping accommodations are provided. In some cases rooms will be provided.

Past performers include Gogol Bordello, Saul Williams, Midnite, The Perceptionists, Toubab Krewe, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Crown City Rockers, Anais Mitchell, Cyro Baptista, Otiel Burbridge, Israel Vibration, Hieroglyphics, The Slip, The Headhunters, Soulive, The Meditations, Kaki King, J Boogie, The Screaming Headless Torsos, Tony Trischka, The Spam All Stars, Old School Freight Train, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, Vorcza Trio. This year will feature a performance by Devil makes Three and many more to be announced.

The festival site includes:

  • Private artist road to main stage.

  • A 24'x48' 100% timberframe stage that is amongst the most solid and beautiful in the country.

  • A 100% organic hayfield site with camping in view of both stages.

  • A dedicated and professional grassroots staff of volunteers

  • Top-notch hospitality and non-pretentious artist treatment that defies our small size (we treat all artists the same despite how "famous" they are).

    Sponsors are generally local businesses or music oriented companies. NO major corporate sponsors as they are against our ethical stand.