The Green River Festival has long been one of the most beloved, if almost secret, annual New England music festivals. It was long run by the Greenfield, MA Chamber of Commerce and because of that always seemed to be geared towards an older audience. That started to change back in 2013 with the inclusion of Gogol Bordello to the festival, and last year it started being presented by Signature Sounds, the fantastic Northampton, MA based record label. The festival sold out in advance last year, and this year will be an even quicker sell out for its 29th year. Saturday is just ridiculous with Tune-Yards, Wood Brothers, western MA rock god J Mascis, Booker T. Jones, Milk Carton Kids, Langhorne Slim & the Law, blog favorite Lydia Loveless, Polaris (aka the band from The Adventures of Pete & Pete!), and more. Sunday is also solid with Steve Earle & the Dukes, Punch Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Valerie June, Elephant Revival, Joe Pug, and more. Besides music, the festival also doubles as a hot air balloon festival, offering rides and launches each day.
The Green River Festival runs July 10-12 on the campus of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. Early bird tickets are on sale until April 17. $79.99 gets you in for all 3 days, $19.99 for Friday, or $59.99 for Saturday or Sunday. Kids under 10 are free! For more information, check out www.greenriverfestival.com. You can also see the full festival line up below.