Philly Music Fest was a scaled-down virtual event in 2020, but organizers have revealed it will be held in person this year. The concerts will take place this fall over five nights, in five venues. In total there will be six shows and nineteen participating groups.
The 2021 lineup includes Hop Along, Moor Mother, Son Little, Ivy Sole, Queen of Jeans, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Spirit of the beehive.
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Philly Music Fest takes place from Wednesday, From October 6 to Sunday October 10. Tickets are currently on sale online and range from $ 25 to $ 39 per show.
The Menzingers, a scranton punk rock band, will close the festival by headlining two shows at Ardmore Music Hall.
The opening night at World Cafe Live will be titled by Alex G of Havertown.
Philly Music Fest (as the name suggests) is known for exclusively presenting Philly bands and artists in independent venues. The non-profit festival provides opportunities for emerging musicians, as well as raises funds for children’s music education charities like Settlement Music School, Jazz House Kids and Girls Rock Philly.
Over the past five years, Philly Music Fest has presented 96 local bands.
The venues hosting shows this year are Johnny Brenda’s, Milkboy and REC Philly, in addition to Ardmore Music Hall and World Cafe Live.
“Look, last year was tough, but we broke new ground and donated over $ 100,000 to musicians, venue staff and music education, through our virtual festival and micro-grant campaign.” , said founder and curator Greg Seltzer. “We’re very proud of this, but coming back to the venues and seeing our community come together in person safely – the excitement is incredible and we’ve worked hard to make our 2021 lineup match the excitement.
The Philly Music Fest will also host a series of panel discussions with music industry professionals on Saturday, October 9 at World Café Live.