Lineup announced for the Nines Festival

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New England has another new music festival. The “Nines” will take place on the 20-acre athletic grounds of Willard Field in Devens, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 10. The multi-stage, multi-arts summer festival will present a diverse lineup of nationally touring and emerging artists. Explosions in the Sky and Delta Spirit highlight the initial list of performers, which also includes Walk Off The Earth, Shuggie Otis and Kid Koala.

The Nines will feature two stages with no overlapping sets with the music scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Additional performers will be added to the lineup over the next couple of months. Along with music, the festival will feature the “Stitch” comedy tent. Curated by Harvard Square’s The Comedy Studio and hosted by the Comedy Studio’s impresario Rick Jenkins, the tent will feature a mix of the region’s best emerging to established comedians. The all ages event will also host art installations, exhibits, interactive art projects, crafts, food and beverages and more.

“Our mission is to bring attention to the breadth of artistic talent in our region, bring top-tier bands to our area and build on this year after year,” explained Monica Hinojos, Executive Director of Ayer-based 3Rivers Arts, co-producer of the Nines with Great Northeast Productions, in a press release. “We want to introduce audiences to Central Massachusetts as a hub of artistic talent, and hopefully, a regular summer tour stop for their favorite bands. Our vision is for a happy side-effect of The Nines to be a cultural and economic boost for the area as well.”

A limited number of early bird tickets priced at $49 will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Children age 10 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by parent or guardian. Fans can also purchase the “Patron of the Arts” VIP tickets for $109, which will include premier parking, fast lane entry, access to the private “Cloud 9” lounge, arts garden and viewing area, complimentary beverages and hospitality, air conditioned restrooms, a festival poster and more.

Local performers interested in performing at the Nines Festival can apply for the opportunity through Sonicbids. For more information, go here.

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