Every Memorial Day weekend for the past sixteen years, Summer Camp Music Festival has offered fans a home away from home at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. After a sixteen-year legacy, the festival has grown to host over one-hundred bands both at the pinnacle of the jam scene and up-and-coming artists just gaining their footing. This year, administrative roadblocks threatened to relocate the celebrated festival. After a few tense months of planning, it has been announced that Summer Camp will in fact return to their cherished homeland in 2017.
In a recent statement, founder and director Ian Goldberg addressed fans to shed light on the issue:
“I know the past couple weeks have been a bit unsettling, and I greatly appreciate all the support we received from you. It was refreshing and inspiring to feel all your love. It again renewed my faith and commitment to doing what we do. I would like to thank the great people at Kennekuk County Park, the Vermillion County Conservation District, and the community in Danville, who, knowing the uncertainty of the situation, put untold hours into helping us devise a plan to move should it have become necessary.
As I stated before, I am hoping that relationship will turn into fruitful ventures in the future. But again, most of all I must thank you, our loyal fans, for continuing to support this crazy journey we embarked on 16 years ago and for continuing to show that know matter the turns and twists, it all comes down to a love for the music and community that we have grown together. Much Love – Can’t wait to see you at Summer Camp 2017!!”
The festival will take place at it’s original location May 26-28 with moe. and Umphrey’s McGee headlining as they have from the very beginning. Relive the 2016 festival experience with NYS Music here and stay tuned for news of the 2017 lineup.