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59th Philadelphia Folk Festival Goes Virtual This Weekend Aug 13-16; Ben Gibbard, Shakey Graves
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/12/20 5:16 pm | updated: 08/12/20 5:18 pm
The 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Fest is going Virtual due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The oldest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America will be held entirely online this weekend August 13-16. Passes are available either for the entire weekend or single day tickets. They start a $25 per day or $75 for the weekend. Tickets holders will have access to archived performances from previous years. They'll also be able to view this year's performances for an additional week in case you missed one or want to watch one again.

This year features 169 artists from 8 countries with over 100 hours of music. The Martin Main Stage performers include: Adia Victoria; Allen Stone; Amythyst Kiah; Aoife O'Donovan; Ben Gibbard ; Billy Bragg; Birds of Chicago; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Chris Smither; Courtney Marie Andrews; Devon Gilfillian; Eric Bazilian; Irish Mythen; Ivan Neville; John Flynn; Josh Ritter; Los Lobos; Molly Tuttle; Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy; Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi; Richard Thompson; Robert Earl Keen ; Shakey Graves; Sierra Ferrell; Steve Forbert; Susan Werner, Talisk , Teddy Thompson; Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines; The Lone Bellow; The Milk Carton Kids; Tom Rush; Trixie Mattel; Watkins Family Hour.

The Philadelphia Folksong Society along with Mountain View Staging has recreated the entire festival experience online. That includes Crafts, Camping, Contests, Raffles, Food, Merch, and more. You'll be transported to the Old Pool Farm from the comfort of your home.

About the All New digital Festival: This year's Inaugural Global Digital Edition is possible due to PFFs partnership with Mountain View Staging, with more than 20 years experience presenting digital events and conferences. In addition to the 3 days (more than 100 hours) of live music, audiences will enjoy multiple stages, fully integrated chat features, campfire open mics, ZOOM campsites, craft show food and merchandise tents. Viewers will be able to watch all stages and all performances from the comfort of their home, bubble, or virtually anywhere on a mobile device. For those not tech savvy, PFF will provide "how to" information on "how to set up your device" and "how to get the best fest experience" in advance of the weekend, allowing audiences to experience fest on home theaters, HDTVs, in full 1080p High Definition with stereo audio running at 48kHz. Folks will even have the option to pause and rewind the show (similar to ‘pay per view’ and ‘on demand’).

Access to Archival Footage: Ticket holders will have exclusive access to archival footage as well and other bonus content in advance of the event itself as an extra incentive to register early. This year's festival will run 12 hours per day, Noon ET to Midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10AM ET to 10PM ET on Sunday. Thursday night will recreate the Festival's beloved Campfire Open Mic that will repeat Friday and Saturday nights, with a winning performance that will be chosen as the first act booked for the 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2021. Plus more live performances and scheduling details to be shared.

Tickets are available NOW to purchase beginning at $25 USD per day for a single day attendee ticket / $75 for the weekend, and run up to $1500 for Benefactors (with portions tax deductible.) For those wanting to create their own virtual campsite experience, ZOOM campsites can be purchased for $25 (for PFS members) or $30 (for non-members), where festers can set up their digital campsites with branding / backgrounds to #FestinPlace together even whilst apart. Campsites can be kept private, invite only, or public - offering campers the opportunity to allow new friends to join them online. Several purchase options include a Fest Pack with PFF59 Printed Program and a wristband mailed to your home to complete your Fest experience!

TICKETS / PASSES → Purchase here, all prices are in USD →
$25 Single day pass
$50 Two day (s) pass $50
$75 Attendee (3 days / all weekend)
*More ticket options and details at

Stay Safe, Fest in Place
Fest in place with us from August 13-16, while the Philadelphia Folksong Society does the unthinkable by bringing the vibrant experience of North America's oldest continuously run outdoor music festival to the digital world. With social distancing and safety concerns threatening to derail a decades-long tradition, this folk community responded - as it always has - with ingenuity, compassion, and the indomitable spirit of people-power.

While the technology to deliver this year's event may be brand new, the indomitable spirit and culture is nearly six decades old. Since its inception, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has been produced nearly exclusively by tireless volunteers. Sheer determination and moxie led to the first event on Wilson Farm in September of '62, and the same can be said of this year's 59th version. This year we're able to welcome our extended Folk Family from around the world, simultaneously continuing vital traditions while creating entirely new ways of connecting and communing.

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PFF 2020 Promo V2 from Philadelphia Folk Festival on Vimeo.

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