We’re Heading To The Festy Experience

Listening Through The Lens Will Be There To Cover The Festy Experience

Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush at the IBMA Awards 2014


Organisers of The Festy Experience have just announced the second round of its music lineup for the eighth annual festival.  After The TOTAL TENNESSEE TOUR wraps up, it will be time to travel to the eastern part of Virginia to explore this beautiful and musically important part of the world.


October 5-8 2017


The Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm, a 387-acre property in Arrington, Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The lineup comprises a nice blend of national and local roots music acts, including:

The Infamous Stringdusters

Drive-By Truckers

Sam Bush Band

The Travelin’ McCourys

The Jerry Douglas Band

Ani DiFranco

Elephant Revival and

Della Mae

Here is the full bill:



A Word From The Director

With half of the lineup consisting of female artists, The Festy Experience Director Michael Allenby says, “We recognize that the previous version of the music industry is hurting and can not invest in artists and progress their careers. It is now the promoter’s job to evolve the industry and we believe that gender equality is a critical issue. Other industries often claim that gender inequality is a ‘pipeline issue’ that will take a long time to evolve; however, there’s no shortage of amazing female artists and performers. The marketing of this talent happens AT festivals… not just FOR festivals.

Other Attractions

A diverse festival experience that illustrates its core values: a love of craft food & beer (they will be offering a variety of Virginia’s award-winning craft beer), appreciation for the outdoors, and stellar music. A family-friendly atmosphere is key; along with a family camping area, there will be a large kids area, a teen zone, special programming, a kids instrument making workshop, as well as other family activities. Of course they’ll still have an amazing yoga program, plus the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Burn (5k/10k)!

Keen To Be Green

Environmental sustainability is important to the organizers and they are eliminating all waste from single-use plastic cups. Instead every All Weekend ticket comes with a free commemorative steel pint cup from The Festy’s Partner, Klean Kanteen, which they can use for free water from filling stations placed throughout site as well as beer purchases.


The Festy Experience started in 2009 and is a partnership between Allenby’s Virginia-based company, The Artist Farm and The Infamous Stringdusters and it offers more than music. This will be The Festy Experience’s second year at Infinity Downs Farm, which is conveniently located just 35 miles south of Charlottesville and 30 miles north of Lynchburg, adjacent to the site of LOCKN’ Festival. The property features outdoor amphitheaters, open fields, campgrounds, hiking, and over 7 miles of biking trails. Stay tuned for more information about outdoor activities and workshops.

Join Us

Let us know if you are thinking of going.  It will be great to catch up there!!

More information can also be found at www.thefesty.com.


Thanks to Dreamspider Publicity


Listening Through The Lens Will Be There To Cover The Festy Experience

Listening Through The Lens Will Be There To Cover The Festy Experience



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Author: Rob Dickens

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