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Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck rescheduled for July 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck rescheduled for July 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic
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From a press release:

After 22 consecutive years of bringing the blues to a family farm in Nescopeck, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 8 through Saturday, July 10, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival intends to host the same nationally and internationally acclaimed lineup scheduled for 2020, including headliners like Ana Popovic, The Campbell Brothers, Victor Wainwright, and Mac Arnold.

The decision to reschedule was not taken lightly. As founder Richard Briggs said, “People come here year after year. They plan their summers around it.”

The Briggs family and festival team watched the situation closely for months and decided to reschedule after not seeing the progress in conditions that would have facilitated a safe and comfortable festival experience for their audience. In previous years, it has drawn 10,000+ people.

While disappointed to not be gathering in person this July, the Briggs team will be putting their efforts towards a big celebration of life, friendship, and the blues for 2021. Work will continue on the construction of a new, larger main stage, updated camping areas, and a redesigned layout to accommodate more food and arts vendors.

In the meantime, the festival’s Facebook page has live streamed acoustic performances by MiZ, Sean Walsh of The National Reserve, and Justin Mazer:

In an announcement to their audience, the Briggs team said, “All the heart and soul we wish we could be putting into gathering this July will be poured into Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021.”

All ticket and campsite purchases will be honored for 2021. Ticket information can be found on the Briggs Farm Blues Festival website at

Winning the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in 2017, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival is a family-run celebration of blues music, good food, and great company. Since 1998, the Briggs family has been hosting some of the world’s best blues acts on their 250-year-old farm. Though it has grown in size over the years, it maintains a small festival feel.

Whether coming for a day or camping for the weekend, families and friends return year after year to gather around campfires, dance to bluesy beats, and join other passionate music lovers for what many call the “best weekend of the year.”

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2019 festival here, the 2018 festival here, and the 2017 festival here.

Photo by Robb Malloy and Tammy Heid-Malloy/Moon’s Eye Media/NEPA Scene