On June 2, music lovers from across the country will arrive in Hunter to celebrate the 12th annual Mountain Jam, a beloved New York festival presented by Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes. And with this year’s lineup, the 2016 event will certainly live up to its reputation of being one of the best four-day music festivals in the country.
With more than 40 acts on three stages, Mountain Jam consistently brings its attendees to a point of elation that makes a return trip certain. That feeling also reaches the artists themselves. Making return trips to play to the masses in the Catskill Mountains will be bands like the Avett Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti and Spearhead and of course, Warren Haynes’ own Gov’t Mule. Other artists scheduled for Mountain Jam are Beck, Wilco, Jason Isbell, Courtney Barnett, Houndmouth, Cabinet, among others, plus several of New York’s own, including Marco Benevento, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Wild Adriatic, Turkuaz, Upstate Rubdown and Paul Green Rock Academy student performers.
For those festival first-timers, excitement should be abound; not only is the long weekend packed with amazing musical acts, but there are activities to ensure that there won’t be a dull moment, unless you wish to have a little rest and relaxation. Among the activities there will be Yoga with Michael Franti, Hula Hooping workshops with Miss 360 and fun activities for the Mountain Jam kids.
On top of the music and activities, there are numerous amenities to round-out the perfect festival weekend. From VIP camping to hotel options with regular shuttles, Mountain Jam, its organizers, staff and volunteers, do everything they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. All in all, Mountain Jam 2016 is poised to not only live up to its name, but to continue to solidify itself in the annals of music-festival history.
With the festival drawing closer (June 2–5), last-call tickets are on sale here. You can find all event information on Mountain Jam’s website, including the artist line-up, activities and attractions and directions to Hunter Mountain. In the meantime, watch the video below to relive Michael Franti’s performance of “Once a Day” during the 2015 music festival.