After a weekend filled with surprises and spectacular sets, we are back from the 2017 Newport Folk Festival! The festival has vibe and feeling unlike any other, and the task of trying to put that vibe into tangible words is an extraordinarily difficult one. All I can say is this: if you haven’t been, go to Newport. If you only go to one festival next year, make it Newport. You won’t be disappointed. The incredible music and sense of community between the artists and festival goers is something that is not matched at other festivals. “The Folk Family” is real, my friends.
As always, this edition of the Newport Folk Festival was special in its own unique way. Ben Gibbard’s breathtaking set on Friday was my favorite moment of the weekend, but other highlights include sets from Big Thief, Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin, The Wild Reeds, Mandolin Orange, Billy Bragg // Joe Henry, Pinegrove and Dr. Dog. Then of course, there were the surprises, like Nathaniel Rateliff’s full set on Sunday, Roger Waters and Lucius taking the stage with John Prine, and of course, the all-star Grandma’s Hand’s Band, which included Hiss Golden Messenger, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame.
In addition to taking in all of the music, we were able to talk to some pretty awe-inspiring artists. You can see all of those conversations below! I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the artists (The Wild Reeds, L.A. Salami, Mandolin Orange, Seratones, Mt. Joy, Carl Broemel, Marlon Williams, Pinegrove, and Dr. Dog) and the team at Grandstand, especially Meghan and Katie, who let us cover this festival each year. We couldn’t do it without you all!
Now, without further ado, here is our Backstage @ Newport Lineup for 2017!
We also had the chance to catch up with some artists before the festival. Enjoy these conversations as well!