Belfast Free Range Fest announces initial lineup

In just six short weeks, one of the best events of the Spring will hit the Midcoast: the third annual Belfast Free Range Music Festival, set for Saturday, April 28. Organizers late last night announced the initial lineup for this year’s festival, with the other half of the expected artists to be announced later in the month. The only predictable thing about the BFRMF is that it’s a diverse selection of bands and musicians from all over the country and the world – from alt-country to electronica, from funk to folk. Venues this year include the Colonial Theatre, Waterfall Arts, the American Legion Hall, Aarhus Gallery, the First Church, the Belfast Free Library, one to-be-announced surprise venue, and an after party at Three Tides. There will also be a record and gear fair, courtesy of WERU-FM, at the Boathouse. All-day passes are $18 and can be reserved online at, or purchased the day of for $20. They sold out last year, so it’s recommended you buy in advance. Now, for the important part: the bands!

Anders Parker (Burlington, VT) – Alt country hero, played with Jay Farrar, Jim James, etc

The What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI) – Punk rock marching band.

Arborea (Lewiston, ME) – Spectral, spooky, gorgeous alt-folk

Sharron Kraus (Scotland) with Glenn Jones (Cambridge, MA) – Scottish songwriter and American psychedelic guitarist

The Black Swans (Columbus, OH) – Acclaimed, intelligent folk rock

MV & EE (Vermont) – Experimental, psychedelic blues

The Bill Barnes Trio (Hope, ME) – Maine-made guitar driven jazz

Spirit Family Reunion (Brooklyn, NY) – Alternative roots music

Lonesome Shack (Seattle, WA) – Electric country blues

The Coloradas (Portland and Waldo County, ME) – Progressive bluegrass

The End Times Spasm Band (Fort Wayne, IN) – 1920s jazz in a contemporary setting

AWAAS (Portland, ME) – Avant-garde dark rock

The Colin Langelus Orchestra (Brooklyn, NY) – Loud, experimental indie rock

Coke Weed (Bar Harbor, ME) – Downeast indie rock, with a sexy NYC flair

When Particles Collide (Bangor, ME) – Dynamic power pop punk

A Severe Joy (Portland, ME) – Mesmerizing electro-pop

Great Western Plain (Bangor and Portland) – Garage rock

Callers (Brooklyn, NY) – Emotional singer-songwriter duo

The Sun Parade (Northhampton, MA) – Solid, engaging rock n’ roll

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine.