Sure, anyone can call their festival “New England’s premier jam-based” event, but the proof is always in the lineup and Nateva has plenty of proof. Along with the aforementioned bands, the first Nateva festival will host Keller Williams, Zappa Plays Zappa, Moonalice and husband & wife guitar slingers Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
The very first Nateva festival takes place at the Oxford Fairgrounds in Oxford, Maine, July 2-4. As an added treat, Lotus will headline the pre-festival festivities July 1.
As with all major festivals there are more bands and artists yet to be announced. What we can tell you is that Nateva is a bit smaller than most of the multi-day festivals and is expecting approximately 15,000 happy campers descending on the 100-plus-acre site.
Along with plenty of music, Nateva is presenting other forms of entertainment such as jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and art installations. But music rules the weekend, and Nateva plans to have bands representing everything from country to reggae to classic rock to bluegrass all wrapped up in an intimate three-day extravaganza.
“We set out to create a festival that would offer an unprecedented line-up of the world’s top musicians in an intimate festival setting,” Nateva CEO Fran Chandler said. “With Furthur and the astounding lineup of artists that have already committed to Nateva, Northern New England is sure to get the music festival of their dreams this summer.”
At this time, weekend passes that come in two flavors – camping and non-camping – are available for $199 and $179, but those prices are a limited offer so you need to move on it now in order to save a few bucks. A limited number of VIP packages that include camping, parking, special viewing platforms, dining and a full-service bar are available for $425. For more information, click here for the official Nateva Music & Camping Festival Web site.