A Frendly Gathering Preview: 5 Reasons You Need to Be at Sugarbush This Weekend

Frendly Gathering

Frendly Gathering is this weekend! This intimate festival held in the Green Mountains of Vermont is truly the happiest place on earth (sorry, Disney), and this summer will mark Frendly’s 7th year. What started as a tiny get-together of around 250 frends has transformed into a grassroots-style showcase of musical talent, skateboarding, the great outdoors and, above all, frendship. Frendly founders and professional snowboarders Jack Mitrani and Danny Davis strive to keep this festival as intimate and sustainable as possible, so the event is capped at 3,500 people.

In previous years Frendly Gathering was held at Timber Ridge, however this upcoming weekend will be its first year at the serene Sugarbush Resort. Located on Mt. Ellen, the festival is now able to offer car and family camping which has not been available in previous years. Frendly Gathering is truly a unique and special place where you’ll create lasting frendships with amazing people and share memories that will last a lifetime. If you still aren’t convinced, here are 5 reasons you need to go.

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1. A Musical Lineup for Everyone

The Frendly lineup features many up-and-coming bands, as well as headlining acts that are pretty difficult to see in an intimate setting these days. Thursday and Friday feature headlining performances by Twiddle. Saturday night Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will take the stage, followed by a Frendly Gathering superjam that is sure to be spectacular surpise for all atendees. We will also see performances by West End Blend, Annie in the Water (we did an interview with Annie to preview the festival, which is coming out soon), Turkuaz, Yonder Mountain String Band, Madison Pruitt and many others. The Frendly lineup boasts a wonderful variety of music that has something for everyone. Twiddle is also doing a “unique” set on Saturday afternoon, so there will definitely be some amazing surprises in store. Here’s the full schedule:

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2. The New Venue is Incredible

The buzz about the new venue has been nothing but excitement and the additions of car and family camping are great features for those with little ones. I can tell you firsthand that wandering around with all your worldly goods for the weekend and a small child is no fun. Here is a map of the new grounds. The layout is extremely straightforward, which should minimize time spent looking for your campsite in the wee hours of the morning.

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3. Making New Best Friends

One of the biggest takeaways from Frendly is the human connections you’ll create. The festival’s goal of inclusiveness shines all weekend and it’s a huge component of what makes this festival so amazing.

4. So Many Surprises

All weekend the Burton Dome features an Open Mic with special appearances, so you can count on all sorts of crazy super jams and collaborations you won’t see anywhere else. In addition, there are plenty of late night sets to keep you moving all night long.

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5. Sustainability

Despite all the awesomeness Frendly Gathering has to offer it remains one of the most environmentally sustainable festivals out there. There is a huge emphasis for festival-goers to leave no trace, and the event offers water refill stations, recycling and composting cans to help further reduce its carbon footprint.

Since Frendly Gathering is capped at 3,500 frendly faces, it’s a safe, advised move to purchase your festival passes here while you still can! And remember, there ain’t no “I” in frends!

About author

Karen Elizabeth

Jam bands stole her soul, and about 60% of her income, starting in late 2015. Since then, she's been making up for lost time, and sees as much live music as possible. She believes that the only thing more fulfilling than experiencing music is sharing the experience with others!