Best of NYS Music 2016: Staff and Reader Picks for Best NY Festival and Best Out-of-State Festival

This week is all about Best of NYS Music! We polled our staff and readers in ten different categories: Best Albums by NYS Artists, Best Albums Overall, Best Shows by Region, Best Venues in NYS, Biggest Musical Loss, Best Live Cover or Tribute Performances, Best NYS Festivals, Best Out-of-State Festivals, Best Music Town, and Bands on the Rise.

Today we are announcing what the polls revealed was the Best New York Festival and what was the Best Out-of-State Music Festival of 2016.

Best New York Festival

Our staff pick for the best festival in New York was Catskill Chill. This year’s line-up featured acts like Mike Gordon, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Greensky Bluegrass, Electron, Lettuce, Dopapod, Perpetual Groove, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Keller Williams Grateful Grass & many more!

The top choices after Catskill were Rock N’ Derby and Grey Fox, both tying for the second place.

NYS Music covered Catskill Chill this year, to see the review and photo gallery please go here.

The reader pick for the best NY Festival was an overwhelming win for the Mountain Jam Festival. This past year’s line-up included Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark, Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Revivalists and more. To see our review and gallery, go here.

The runners up for the reader’s pick choices for best NY festival were Buffalove, Mazzstock and Catskill Chill.

Best Out-of-State Festival

The staff & reader pick for the Best Out-of-State Festival was Lockn’, an annual festival held in Arrington, VA, which had a stacked line-up in 2016 that featured Phish, Ween, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, EOTO, Lettuce, Galactic, and more.

NYS Music provided daily coverage of the festival this year, to see our review and gallery, go here.