Major summer music festival planned for Maine

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Northern Maine will be the place to be this summer for the 4th of July. Oxford, Maine to be exact. That’s where the Nateva Music & Camping Festival, a new 3-day multi stage outdoor camping event will be held. Furthur, the latest project from Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, will headline the Festival and perform on Sunday, the 4th of July. The Flaming Lips will headline Saturday’s show, while moe. will headline on Friday.

Nateva will take place on the 100 acre Oxford Fairgrounds, which is about 2 1/2 hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from Portland, Maine. Other performers confirmed to play the festival include The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, Keller Williams and Moonalice. Lotus will kick off the weekend with a special concert at the festival grounds on Thursday, July 1. Many more bands are excpected to be added to the festival’s lineup over the next few weeks.Nateva does have a clear focus on jam bands, though organizers say they do plan on booking a variety of acts including country, folk, reggae, classic rock and indie artists. Capacity for the festival will be capped at 15,000.

Weekend passes will be sold for $229 with on-site camping available for another $20. A limited amount of passes are now on sale through the festival’s official website for $179 with camping available for an extra $20. Admission to the early kick-off show with Lotus will be $20 and only be sold to attendees with camping tickets. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by a paid adult. VIP packages, featuring preferred parking, camping, dining and viewing areas, are available for $425. As of now, there are no plans to sell individual single day tickets.

Local bands can submit applications to perform at Nateva this summer by applying online through Sonicbids.


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