|Aerial view of Catskill Chill Festival|
Three-Day Music, Camping and Arts Festival
by Lauren Traub Teton
Music Festival Season is in full swing and lasts through January!! If you don't believe it check out the new MusicFestCalendar.com which lists nearly 200 festivals this season, just counting those east of the Mississipi River!
The next two festivals I will be attending are Evolvefest in Vernon, NJ starting September 2, and Catstill Chill in Hancock NY starting September 9. The ride northwest on Route 17 to Delaware County toward Hancock has some of the most beautiful natural scenery anywhere. Criss crossing over trout streams and viewing vistas of tree covered hills as the highway gently rises and falls will get you in chill mode before you even arrive.
This is the second Catskill Chill Fest, and having attended other festivals at this spot, I can vouch for the fact that it is truly one of the best venues around. The magic vibe of the French Woods Summer Camp location rivals the energy vortex of the Mariahville, NY location of past Gathering of the Vibes, and Camp Bisco. But even better, the Catskill Chill Music Festival is located on a beautiful pond. Put this one on your calendar!! There's even a direct bus from NYC,
Read the official scoop and band list below.
Catskill Chill Music Festival
The second annual Catskill Chill Music, Camping and Arts Festival returns to scenic Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY. By popular demand this year’s festival is extended to three days following the success of last year’s two day event and takes place Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. Camp Minglewood rests on a picturesque, lakeside and tree-lined 200 acres in the western Catskills and is just 140 miles from New York City.
Thirty-five musical acts, spanning multiple genres from jam band to funk to roots to DJ’s are scheduled to perform on three stages and include Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and 7 Walkers, Umphrey’s McGee, Conspirator, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Particle, JGB with Melvin Seals, BoomBox, John Brown’s Body, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Pimps of Joytime, Zach Deputy, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Heavy Pets, Headtronics, DJ Logic and many more.
Catskill Chill is an all-ages event that features an intimate setting which affords guests the opportunity to see their favorite artists perform up close. Festival attendees will also be treated to the “Club Chill” DJ stage, morning yoga classes, fire show by SOFP, food vendors, clothing and craft vendors, bonfire drum circle, open mic stage, free parking and free camping with paid admission. Featured musical performances will begin Friday afternoon at 2:30PM and conclude early Monday morning by 3AM. Guests are permitted to camp through Monday at noon.
Tickets for Catskill Chill are available as follows: Full Weekend Pass with onsite camping and parking included is $105 per ticket. Two Day Pass for Saturday and Sunday with onsite camping and parking included is $90 per ticket. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent. RV Parking Pass is $40 and does not include festival admission. Onsite cabin rentals featuring showers and electric are now sold out. Tickets purchased in advance provide a discounted rate for festival goers. Any remaining tickets will be made available for purchase at the gate for an additional twenty dollars. All advance tickets may be purchased at www.catskillchill.com.
A Round Trip Bus Pass is available to those traveling from New York City and in need of transportation. The bus boards at 9:30AM at Bryant Park and departs for Catskill Chill at 10AM sharp on Friday, September 9 and returns on Monday, September 12, departing Catskill Chill at noon. All passengers are advised to be on time for scheduled departures. The Round Trip Bus Pass cost is $50 and does not include festival entry. Bryant Park is located behind the NY Public Library in Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenue.