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FloydFest announces initial 2017 lineup

By CLTure News (Photo by Daniel Coston)

November 1, 2016

FloydFest, a music and arts festival that began in 2002 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia announced their 2017 initial lineup, dates, and theme. Held on July 26-30, the 2017 FloydFest lineup will include Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, Railroad Earth, White Denim, and Kansas Bible Company along with 25 additional bands in the initial lineup announcement. The next scheduled round of artist additions will be released November 22, with more to follow in December, and through the early spring.

The theme for FloydFest 2017 will be ‘Freedom,’ and CEO of the festival, Kris Hodges said, “Freedom is creating your own reality. Freedom to be yourself takes discipline, and we’ve tread that path for 17 years now. But we’re still here; still free to live life; free to be artists, without being told how to live; free to create art and stay viable in the world today.”

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Photo by Drea Atkins

“Our 2017 theme of ‘Freedom’ bespeaks a metaphorical unshackling from the constraints of archaic ideas and notions of who and how we ‘should’ be, or act, how we ‘ought’ to feel, or think, or conduct ourselves and our lives,” Erika Johnson, co-founder and CFO, said. “Humanity is at a unique and liberating juncture in history; truly free to create our own reality, individually and collectively, with infinite potential for what that looks like. This level of ‘freedom’ is both a huge opportunity, and a huge responsibility. FloydFest is a ‘timeout zone’ … literally a ‘zone out of time’ to reflect and revel, both, on all of this.”

In addition, the Buffalo Mountain Jam returns in 2017 for its second annual installment, with more details due for release in the coming months. As always, FloydFest will also include a variety of quality vendors, craft brews, healing arts, workshops, children’s activities, onsite art installations and a final lineup featuring more than 100 artists performing on nine stages.

Early-bird tickets for FloydFest 17 ‘Freedom’ go on sale today at 9 a.m on the FloydFest website.

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