Railroad Earth to host MOTM
Music on the Mountaintop, the annual music festival outside Boone, will return Aug. 24 to 26 as “Railroad Earth's Music on the Mountaintop.”
Celebrating its fifth year, the festival is expanding to include three full days of music, including two nights of Railroad Earth and other special events on Sunday with the band.
Having played the previous two Music on the Mountaintop festivals, the Americana-based band will be taking on a bigger role, helping to curate the lineup for 2012. More artists and festival details will be announced in the coming weeks, festival organizers said.
"Railroad Earth is thrilled to be bringing our energy and fan base together with Music on the Mountaintop, to build this into something for years to come," Railroad Earth general manager Brian Ross said.
The festival will return for a second year to the Grandfather Campground in Foscoe, approximately 10 miles from Boone, providing potable water throughout, several public restrooms and bathhouses, a public store and plenty of shaded campsites.
Additionally, Railroad Earth's Music on the Mountaintop will expand to include late-night shows (Friday and Saturday), different levels of VIP passes and all-inclusive ticket options, music workshops, daily yoga classes, cabin rental options and a new offsite parking location just miles away.
"Over the last four years, we've only scratched the surface with what we want to do with Music on the Mountaintop,” festival director James Hunt said. “As we near year five, we are ready to make the big changes that will continue to establish Music on the Mountaintop as the premier festival in the region."
This year, the ecologically driven festival will also include environmental and cultural workshops to better create awareness on pressing environmental issues. Railroad Earth's Music on the Mountaintop will continue its work with Mountain Alliance and Appalachian Voices, to continue efforts for a cleaner more sustainable world.
A limited allotment of early bird tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. for $85, before general admission tickets are offered, starting at $99. Depending on availability, tickets can be purchased at the gate for $120. The price includes three days of music, camping and an alcohol fee.
VIP packages will be made available this year with two levels, Ridge VIP and Summit VIP. Details on the VIP experiences will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available online at http://www.musiconthemountaintop.com.
Railroad Earth's Music on the Mountaintop is produced by Yellowdog Entertainment and hosted by Railroad Earth. For more information, visit http://www.musiconthemountaintop.com.
See Thursday's Mountain Times for more.