Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music FestivalAs promised, I’m going to take Wednesday to discuss a neat little-known music festival that takes place just a little bit south of Columbus. The Nelsonville Music Festival was first held in July 2005 in the Nelsonville Historic Arts District. The first festival was a one day event that included 6 bands and an approximate crowd of 750. Since 2005 the festival has grown exponentially, to include over 50 bands spread out over 4 days, playing to a crowd of approximately 6,000. The festival brought in Wilco to headline last year, and this year they look to continue to ride the momentum bringing in the Avett Brothers to headling and The Head and The Heart as another incredibly popular featured band.

Nelsonville Festivlle Map
Take a look at the festival layout

The festival has a main stage for many of the performers and also boasts a “No-Fi” stage which is typically reserved for smaller acts, playing an acoustic set to a smaller audience.

Admittedly some of the only bands I really know well in this festival are The Avett Brothers, Head and The Heart, as well as Frank Turner, and Dinosaur Jr. The show promises a variety of awesome music. The Avett Brothers headlined the festival back in 2008, but have seen their stardom grow through the years. They return with three new albums. They will be headlining the show, with a Saturday night set on  May 31st.

Along with the previously mentioned artists, Nelsonville Music Festival will also have music from:

  • Shovels & Rope
  • Jason Isbell
  • Charles Walker & The Dynamites
  • Shakey Graves
  • Grupo Fantasma
  • Pokey LaFarge
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Quilt
  • Village of Spaces

and so many more. The whole list can be found here. Tickets are $80 for a day pass, and $110 for a weekend pass (weekend, including Thursday) and it’s an extra $20 if you plan on camping. Tickets can be found here.

Avett Brothers

The Head And The Heart


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