Clarification: References to “Dancin’” Dave Versch have been removed from this post. Versch, in a message today, said he had not decided whether to continue at FloydFest.
FloydFest today announced some interesting logistical changes to its upcoming 13th version, scheduled for next July. The e-mailed announcement comes in the wake of this year’s event, which was plagued by problems getting onsite, then by torrential rains that left much of the grounds a quagmire.
For starters, organizers are going to sell 1,300 fewer tickets for the full weekend. The event will discontinue its X Spot and onsite RV camping, in what organizers said in the e-mail will “improve aesthetics and environmental impact” on-site. The off-site park-and-camp area will be expanded.
More importantly for folks who experienced trouble getting to the grounds this year and trouble getting off them the year before, extended arrival and departure options will allow customers to come as early as the Tuesday before the fest’s Thursday start, and leave as late as the day after it ends.
Next year’s festival, with the nickname “Revolutionary,” runs July 23-27, 2014.
“Our goal is to create the ultimate boutique musical event experience, and provide every attendee with an inspired, yet safe and comfortable environment that they enjoy,” organizers wrote in an e-mail blast on Friday afternoon.
According to information at FloydFest.com, all onsite tents will require a pre-purchased “tent tag,” for a 15-foot by 15-foot spot. Those tags will go for $50 and $100, according to the website.
Those tags are available only to 4-day, 5-day and VIP (now called “High Roller”) tickets.
Some of these changes were sparked by organizers’ assessment of 1,000 post-event survey responses, according to the e-mail.
Five-day passes are $185, according to the site. Get more info via floydfest.com.
Performer announcements are official on Monday, the day tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.
But the e-mail gave hints about the 2014 lineup. Here are my guesses as to some of the acts on the bill — Lettuce, The Lee Boys, Tauk, Donna the Buffalo, Conspirator, Duhks, Buddy Miller, The London Souls, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Ray LaMontagne. Finally, and this is a wild card, Sonic Youth? And a very wild car — Lauryn Hill?
Remember, all those are simply guesses!!!!
And finally, in another bit of FloydFest news that is sad for your columnist (Dancin’ Dave’s departure hurts my heart something awful), longtime FloydFest co-organizer/communications director Linda DeVito has left the festival. She said that she is focusing on her Floyd County-based real estate business.
Look for more FloydFest news and information over the next week or so at the blog or in print.