Newport Folk Festival 2012

The Newport Folk Festival, the same storied event where Bob Dylan once terrorized Pete Seeger’s sensitive ears by plugging his guitar in, has transformed over the years into a slightly more banjo-friendly version of your average M.O.R. indie festival, which is a pretty fascinating development. The festival just announced its lineup for this summer’s edition, which comes to Rhode Island 7/28-29. It includes the following names: My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, tUnE-YarDs, Sharon Van Etten, the Tallest Man On Earth, the Head And The Heart, Deer Tick, Dawes, Alabama Shakes, the Punch Brothers, Blind Pilot, and Cali-rock hall-of-famer Jackson Browne. Head over here to check the full lineup.

Comments (3)
  1. This sounds amazing. I just need to convince myself that it is a great idea to fly across the country to see some of these bands for the 3rd time this year.

    Also, City and Coloure, fuck yes.

    • Based on my experience with the festival, I would suggest you don’t make such a far trip and just see the bands separately. It’s nothing against the music, but rather the culture of this festival. It’s very traditional, and when I say that I mean that most people who attend are local, older people and families who are there just to be there and have gone every year regardless of the lineup. They set up lawn chairs and blankets in front of the stage and stand up in the same spot as they see fit. Even the small side stages (which are way too small for a festival setting) are filled up with folding chairs and people who never leave them regardless of who’s playing.

  2. So close to being awesome. Still might go though cause, well, the lineup is still pretty good and I’ve never been up to Newport.

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