Last year we made a last minute decision and headed up to Loon Mountain in Lincoln NH to check out the Nor'easter Festival. With a lineup that included The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Gaslight Anthem, Alberta Cross, Eli Reed & The True Loves and more, I knew there would be great music - but the festival exceeded all of my expectations. I'm sure festival organizers were hoping for a better turnout, but the small-ish crowds made for an intimate and relaxed experience. World-class bouldering and cycle-cross events provided a great break from the music, and the gorgeous setting in the early-autumn White Mountains was perfect. Our most popular post of 2010, a live recording of The Gaslight Anthem was recorded at the festival, along with another popular recording of The Walkmen.
This year the festival moves north to downtown Burlington VT, on September 23-25. The location may be different, but the great music lineup and outdoor sporting events are back again. The 1-2-3 punch of Kingsley Flood, River City Extension and Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons to open Saturday's festival is worth the price of the weekend pass on its own - not to mention headliners Okkervil River, G. Love & Special Sauce and rjd2, more solid undercards including Aunt Martha and Toughcats and a full lineup of bouldering/cycle-cross competitions. Tickets are still available here. Don't miss out one last chance to get out of town and experience live music outdoors this year. Full lineup and mp3s below, along with photos + video from last year's festival:
Nor'easter Festival 2011 Waterfront Stage Lineup
DJ Disco Phantom
Videos from Nor'easter 2010...
The Gaslight Anthem
Photos from Nor'easter 2010...