Best of 2013 – Part 3, Best Festivals

2013 has been a great year for . We have expanded our staff and coverage to bring more bands and live acts to the attention of fans and readers, and are looking forward to 2014 with great anticipation as we focus on the music coming out of all corners of New York State. Music festivals and incredible tours pepper the Upstate New York music calendar, giving broad musical choices for the 8 million New Yorkers who call Upstate their home.

Our staff writers and photographers were asked to look back at the full year of music in Upstate New York and beyond, and weigh in with their best of 2013. We looked at 10 categories – Best Upstate Show, Best Show, Best Upstate Album, Best Album, Best Upstate Festival, Best Festival, Best Upstate Venue, Best Venue, Best Band on the Rise and Jam of the Year –  and came up with the best music we have seen and heard this year.

Here’s part 3 of 5, looking at the Best Festivals of 2013

Best Upstate Music Festival

Top Picks

Catskill Chill


Backwoods Pondfest


Night Lights


Camp Bisco


Grassroots Festival


Rest of the Best


Mountain Jam

Utica Music and Arts Festival

The Big Up

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Spring Revival

Rock n Roll Resort

Best Music Festival Overall

Top Picks



Gathering of the Vibes


City Bisco


Rest of the Best

Jam Cruise

Rock on the Range


Solid Sound


The Festy Experience

Pitchfork Music Festival

Electric Forest

Fledging Crow Fest

Summer Camp

Governor’s Ball

Did we miss a festival this year that you thought was great? Sound off in the comments!

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