Summer 2011 will go down in history as the year all those bands that love fests created their own. Joining the ranks of DMB, Phish, and Pearl Jam, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will officially have their own festival this summer. Potter, who already has upcoming appearances scheduled for Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, will return to her home state of Vermont to put on the inaugural Grand Point North Festival, featuring artists hand picked by the songwriter herself and her bandmates, The Nocturnals.
The festival will take place in Burlington, Vermont at Waterfront Park, on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th. The fest is set to include a number of national and local acts, and will feature headlining performances both nights by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Taj Mahal Trio, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Wood Brothers, Anais Mitchell & Hadestown Orchestra, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Hoots & Hellmouth, and Chamberlin round out the lineup. Gates open at 4 p.m., with the music beginning at 15 minutes later both days.
In regards to where the name came from, Grace Potter explained:
When it came time to think of a name for the weekend celebration, I came up with ‘Grand Point North’ because that’s what it feels like. Having traveled the country far and wide with my band, no matter where we’ve been, coming home to Vermont always feels like an ascent; a journey north that grounds us and rejuvenates us. We want the fans to feel the same way. We’re bringing in a killer gathering of music, from national acts to top shelf local musicians. This is a festival for everyone, from families and revelers to the hardcore music fan. Anyone who makes the pilgrimage up to Vermont will find out just how special this place is. It’s a journey well worth taking.”
Two-day passes will start at $50 for the first 500 buyers, before settling in at $60. There will also be a limited number of $35 single day tickets available. Both go on sale Friday, April 29th at 11 a.m. Check out the festival’s website for more information.