Want the buzzing atmosphere and massive stages of fests like Governors Ball and Panorama in an out-of-town setting? Look no further than Mountain Jam, a big-tent musical extravaganza in a rustic, woodsy setting. Though the festival had modest beginnings in 2005 as a single-day, five-band event, it's since grown to an veritable modern-day Woodstock, with three days of performances across multiple stages.
When and where is Mountain Jam?
You'll find this year's edition, like every year, hosted at Hunter Mountain (a ski resort) in the Catskills of upstate New York. Expect about a three-hour journey by car or bus. The fest will take place across three days: Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17.
The diverse roster includes genres ranging from alt-rock to jam bands to country and folk singer-songwriters. The highlight's on this year's bill include Portugal The Man, Jenny Lewis, alt-J, The War on Drugs, The Decemberists, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jack Johnson and Kurt Vile & The Violators (among many others). Check out the full lineup here.
What if I get bored of rootsy music?
Mountain Jam also features a host of other activities to keep you occupied all weekend. Take part in a yoga program that offers 14 different classes each morning or check out unique multi-disciplinary works by artists from across the Hudson Valley and Catskills—including oil paintings from Jack Laroux, visual sculptures from Shelley Parriot and lyrical pieces from Michael Hunt. And for kids, there's hula hoop lessons as well as a special Kidz Zone curated by children’s entertainment company Jump, Jive, Jam.
How do I get tickets?
Single-day tickets for Mountain Jam will run you $99, while weekend passes start at $194 (VIP packages are also available for higher pricing, which include access to an exclusive Thursday pre-concert). Head to the official website to score some tix (or grab them via Time Out).