Charleston Gazette-Mail | July music festivals in and near WV featuring rock, folk, country and more

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Deep Roots Mountain Revival in Masontown is a young music festival in West Virginia, but it’s growing up fast.

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Many of the summer music festivals have made efforts to be more inclusive to families with children. Kids can do arts and crafts at Deep Roots Mountain Revival.

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Not all music festivals are about alternative and indie music. Peckfest at Point Pleasant is mainstream country mixed with some camping.


With FestivALL over and June coming to an end, it’s a good time to make plans for summer road trips in July –including trips out to summer music festivals. Some of them take a little bit of driving, but most of them are within an hour or two.

Here are a few highlights of festivals in the area.

Solarfest

WHEN: July 7-8

WHERE: 49 Cantrell Drive, Fayetteville

DISTANCE FROM CHARLESTON: Roughly one hour and 10 minutes

HEADLINERS: People’s Fire Circle, Qiet, Illusionary Field Unit, The BrotherSisters and more

TICKETS: $10 per day. Camping $10 per night

WEBSITE: keeperofthemountains.org. Buy tickets in advance at tinyurl.com/ybh892zu or at gate each night. Call Cantrell’s at 304-877-8235 to reserve camp or cabin.

Entirely powered by solar panels, the third annual Solarfest is a mix of environmental activism and energetic, jamming music, featuring several area favorites.

Along with the music, the two-day festival will include guest speakers Crystal Good, Penny Loeb, Trisha Bragg, Natalie Thompson and Cindy Rank.

Forecastle Festival

WHEN: July 14-16

WHERE: Louisville, Ky.

DISTANCE FROM CHARLESTON: About 4 hours

HEADLINERS: Odesza, LCD Soundsystem, Sturgill Simpson, Weezer and more.

TICKETS: Advance weekend pass $169.50 or single-day tickets $69.50. At the gate weekend pass $189.50 or single day $79.50. VIP tickets available. No on-site camping allowed.

WEBSITE: forecastlefest.com

Started in 2002 as a tiny local festival in a Louisville city park, the Forecastle Festival has become a serious summer attraction, bringing in around 60,000 people to Louisville’s Riverfront Park.

As a city festival, Forecastle doesn’t allow camping on site, but Louisville isn’t difficult to get around and there’s plenty to do in the city besides listen to music.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival

WHEN: July 20-22

WHERE: Masontown (Preston County)

DISTANCE FROM CHARLESTON: Two hours and 30 minutes

HEADLINERS: Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and more.

TICKETS: Two-day general admission $160. Three-day general admission $180. Friday or Saturday only $85. Kids two-day $40. Kids three-day $50. Kids Friday or Saturday only $25. Camping included in ticket price.

VIP packages also available.

WEBSITE: mountainrevival.com

A newcomer to the local music festival scene, but using the same general area as the troubled (and shuttered) All Good Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival means to keep the good vibes of the other festival, but take a pass on the bad karma.

The festival is heavy on progressive bluegrass and jam but has some indie/alternative music on the bill.

There are also a few workshops about meditation, yoga and tie-dying.

Peckfest

WHEN: July 21-22

WHERE: Kanawha River Campground, Point Pleasant

DISTANCE FROM CHARLESTON: Just over an hour

HEADLINERS: Aaron Lewis, Tracy Lawrence, The Steel Woods and others.

TICKETS: $30 to $60. Camping available.

WEBSITE: peckfest.com

Now in its third year, Peckfest is a growing river, music festival that focuses on mainstream country acts.

Floydfest

WHEN: July 26-30

WHERE: Floyd, Va.

DISTANCE FROM CHARLESTON: 3 hours.

HEADLINERS: Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and more.

TICKETS: Advance five-day pass $255 ($30 for kids ages 6 to 12), four-day pass $220, three-day pass $210, single day tickets $95.

Camping available on site with a pre-purchased $55 tent tag or in the parking area (which includes parking) starting at $80.

WEBSITE: floydfest.com

Floydfest changes a little every year. Sometimes, it’s a little more country. Other times, it’s a little more rock ’n’ roll. This year, the theme is “Freedom,” which is a little bit of everything — jammy bands, indie rockers and world pop music. Floydfest also features local arts and crafts, workshops, yoga lessons and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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