New England music fans were surely sad to see the organizers of the Belfast Free Range Music Festival go radio silent after the spring of 2014 — after five festivals between 2010 and 2014, it appeared the intimate, independent, community-organized music festival held in various venues throughout downtown Belfast was no more.
The Belfast Creative Coalition did not want to see that big springtime event go away, however, so over the winter, the community arts organization partnered with Launchpad, the Bangor-based arts organization, to start a new festival. The All Roads Music Festival, set this year for Saturday, May 16, will feature 13 bands and artists from all over the state in multiple venues across Belfast — similar to how Free Range Fest arranged things, but with a few less artists. Inspired by Free Range, but not Free Range.
Bands set to play the new festival include Maine favorites like Lady Lamb, the Mallett Brothers Band, Spose, Spencer Albee and Coke Weed, along with up and comers including Tall Horse, Whale Oil, Lisa/Liza, Butcher Boy and B.Aull, and eastern Maine acts including Jim Dandy, Greasy Grass and GoldenOak. A few more acts and a full schedule with specific venues will be announced in the coming weeks.
There will be an opening night party the evening on May 15, and, like Free Range Fest, a festival after party will be held the evening of the 16th at Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company on the Belfast Waterfront. Tickets for the festival are on sale beginning today, Friday, March 20 via wearelaunchpad.org/allroads; regular festival passes are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate; a special “VIP” pass that includes the opening and closing parties is $25 in advance and $30 the day of.
For more information, visit wearelaunchpad.org or belfastcreativecoalition.org.