There’s another new festival this year to add to your list. On May 28 and 29, MASSGathering will take place in the rural Berkshire Mountains. The two-day event features artists like Matisyahu, Deer Tick, Gin Blossoms and the Capital District’s Wild Adriatic.
In the official press release, founder Matt Linick commented on the response to the inaugural event. “We are thrilled to bring such a diverse lineup to the Berkshires, featuring national artists as well as regional favorites,” he said. “We have strived to find bands that are great live and are pumped to deliver a fantastic user-friendly festival with great access to all stages. The interest is off the charts so to speak right now!” Earlier this year, Linick posted on Facebook that the goal is keep attendance in the 4,000 range each day, so that Gatherers can experience more intimate performances.
“We really have no interest in being a Bonaroo, Coachella, or Boston Calling Music Festival. We want to remain in the…
Northeast bands Parsonsfield, Madaila, Strange Machines, West End Blend, the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and DJ BFG will also perform during the Great Barrington, Massachusetts, gathering. The music festival was planned in concert with the seventth annual Memorial Day weekend races held at the ski resort, including a marathon and half marathon, MDR 5K/10K, kids run, Butternut 10K Trail Race/Trail-Road Challenge and the Sicko Challenge.
Music begins by noon on Saturday and Sunday and caps off around 7 p.m. each night, with an after-party set scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. the first day. Single-day and weekend tickets are on sale now through the event’s website or at the local locations Ski Butternut, Arcadian Shop, Big Elm Brewing, Gypsy Joynt and Mission Bar and Tapas. Camping and VIP passes are also available for purchase; children ages 10 and under will be admitted for free. Registration for the MASSRaces is open to the public and offers entry discounts for military, fire or police personnel. For those not into early rising or running, there will be plenty of onsite vendors like Big Elm Brewing, Chuck Wagon and Henna by Heather to keep you entertained before the concerts kick off.
MASSGathering 2016 lineup:
West End Blend
The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow