FloydFest Celebrates 13th Year with ‘Revolutionary’ Line-Up and Streamlined Logistics
Since its inception, FloydFest, the summer outdoor music festival near Floyd, VA, has celebrated its status as a truly unique, fiercely independent festival experience that challenges the definition of the typical ‘summer music festival.’ That’s why, for its 13th year, FloydFest is bringing its fans a Revolutionary 5-day music, outdoors, and healing arts experience that will embrace the beauty of creativity, evolution, and positive change. Among the changes taking place this year, the festival is offering attendees a full 5-day staycation, from July 23rd – 27th. Festival-goers will also discover a bold new musical line-up, featuring an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, and more.
“We are committed to constantly stretching our horizons so that we may continue to grow as a festival and as a community,” says co-founder and CEO Kris Hodges. “We’re re-inventing themes, exploring new musical genres, and providing an uncharted experience for our fans that will both challenge and fulfill the body and soul.”
Implementing positive change requires a great deal of communication, and FloydFest has been working diligently to implement suggestions from attendees in years past that will help make this year’s festival as enjoyable as possible. For 2014, the following important logistical changes have been put in place:
All on- site campers will be given a designated 15×15 camping area with the purchase of a Tent Tag prior to the festival. All RV camping has been moved off the festival site to the nearby Delta lot, while the Bravo lot will be designated for off-site car camping. All car campers will be issued a parking ticket that allots for a 10×10 parking space right next to their vehicle.
All General Admission parking has been moved off-site to the Alpha lot. The Alpha, Bravo, and Delta lots are all flat, spacious, and easily-accessible to all types of vehicles. To make the check-in process easier, Alpha Lot ticket check-in and parking payment will occur directly at the lot, so be sure to bring cash! Spaces for RV’s at the Delta Lot and Car Camping at the Bravo Lot will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the festival, unless sold out via pre-event online sales. Powered RV spots are currently sold-out.
Shuttles to and from the festival site and all parking lots will run continuously from 9am until 2am every day. Each individual shuttle will be assigned a truck with an equipment trailer, so campers will never have to be separated from their gear.
Severe Weather Preparedness
Summer weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains is about as predictable as next year’s FloydFest theme, and the festival has taken every possible precaution to ensure that attendees will be safe, comfortable and able to access transportation should a severe weather event occur. FloydFest staff have planned extensively with all local farmers, garages, and area law enforcement regarding severe weather preparedness and evacuation procedures. Harboring fears of an on-site mud pit? Fear no longer – this year’s festival site will feature gravel pathways from the entrance all the way through the main field.
“Our top priority has been and always will be the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our attendees,” says Hodges. “We received a lot of great feedback from last year, and we’re utilizing it to ensure that we bring FloydFest fans the safest, most enjoyable festival experience that we possibly can.” For more information visit and the full 2014 ‘Revolutionary’ artist line-up, visit www.floydfest.com, or call 1-888-VA-FESTS.
This year’s musical line-up features an impressive roster of headliners and an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana and more, including: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite ~ Ms. Lauryn Hill ~ Ray LaMontagne ~ Thievery Corporation (Full Band) ~ Ziggy Marley ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead ~ Buddy Guy ~ Robert Randolph & the Family Band ~ Lettuce ~ JJ Grey & Mofro ~ Groundation ~Conspirator ~ Donna the Buffalo ~ Rising Appalachia ~ The Duhks ~ Campbell Brothers ~ The Lee Boys ~ Hackensaw Boys ~ The London Souls ~ Ben Miller Band ~ Jonathon Boogie Long ~The Deadmen ~ Quinn Sullivan ~ 2013 On the Rise Winner: Paper Bird ~ 2013 On the Rise Winner Runner Up: Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands ~ Tauk ~ Dirty Drummer ~ Blue Mule and more!
On the Rise Performers
Antique Firearms ~ Chris Kasper Duo ~ Cold Chocolate ~ Deer Run Drifters ~ Gabe Morales Trio ~ Grandpa’s Cough Medicine ~ Madrone ~ Major and the Monbacks ~ Michaela Anne ~ Mighty Joshua ~ Oak Creek Band ~ Proverbial ~ Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot ~ Super Ape ~ The Dirty Beggars ~ The Giving Tree Band ~ The Shack Band ~ The Southern Belles ~ Underhill Rose ~ Whitewater Ramble
So, come one, come all, and join the ‘Revolution’ – FloydFest 13 is going to be the best yet!