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Peach Music Festival takes over 4th of July weekend in 2020, new aftermovie released

Peach Music Festival takes over 4th of July weekend in 2020, new aftermovie released
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It was announced today that the Peach Music Festival will return to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton for its ninth year but, this time, it will be held on Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5 in 2020.

“That’s right, Peach people – we’re taking over 4th of July weekend and celebrating with a firework extravaganza every night!” the festival posted on its website.

While the annual festival has moved from August to July and back again over the years, this is the first time it will run during this big holiday weekend. Responding to comments from fans on Facebook who questioned the move, festival organizers said, “Wait until you see the lineup. You’ll know why we moved.”

The 2020 lineup won’t be announced right away, but with how well this year’s acts were received, fans can expect another crowd-pleasing event next summer with some of its biggest names yet.

Early Bird Passes, which start at $99 for four-day festival passes and $149 for four-day camping passes, plus fees, go on sale this Thursday, Oct. 17 at noon at and Payment plans will be available with 10 percent down, plus fees.

The Peach Music Festival also released its official 2019 aftermovie today featuring the songs “Change of Pace” by Andy Frasco & The U.N. and “Set Your Soul Free” by the Trey Anastasio Band:

Less than a week after Camp Bisco occupied the same space, the eighth annual Peach Music Festival was held Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28, headlined by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Molo, and Holly Bowling), the Trey Anastasio Band (featuring Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio), The String Cheese Incident, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Russo ended up not being able to attend after his wife gave birth to their second daughter the night before, but Russo’s young nephew Evan Roque and Ben Perowsky played a huge two-drummer set in his place that ended up being one of the stand-out performances of the festival.

Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and Grace Potter shared the main stage together for their first-ever set as a duo, and the new Peach Guitar Pull was a special treat. Led by musical director Scott Sharrard (lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman), the inaugural collaborative jam featured guest musicians like Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, Samantha Fish, last-minute addition Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Kimock, and more rotating in and out for some tasty jams that fans could wash down with Fuzzy Nudge, a “hazy Double IPA brewed with peaches and apricots” brewed especially for Peach Fest by Tröegs Independent Brewing. produced high-quality multi-camera live streams of select sets all weekend, and NEPA Scene was on site for all four days, meetings fans of all kinds and taking pictures of Billy Strings, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Blues Traveler, Bumpin Uglies, Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, Dopapod, moe., Southern Avenue, The String Cheese Incident, Goose, Maggie Rose, Stephen Marley, Trey Anastasio, Leah Blevins, The Marcus King Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Samantha Fish, Scott Sharrard, Steve Kimock, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Warren Haynes, and Grace Potter.

Read NEPA Scene’s interview with Grammy Award-winning reggae musician Stephen Marley here, another interview with rising star Maggie Rose here, and see photos from the 2019 festival here.