No big announcement, but if you bought a ticket to the Solid Sound Festival in the past, you should know that the 2013 event will take place from June 21-23, 2013 at Mass MoCA in North Adams. The lineup has not been announced yet. Local media has not caught on yet, though iBerkshires posted a short item and word is beginning to spread via the internet. You can use our links below to post this article to FB, Twitter etc.
For festival attendees, the big news is that the facilities for overnight camping will be greatly enhanced in 2013 with more space than in previous years. Part of the problem was protecting the local mom and pop camping grounds from competition, but if you want attendance, you don’t limit the options of the ticket buyers as to where to stay. Down the road we will list a complete rundown of available hotel/motel space in nearby communities, just as we did in previous years.
The Solid Sound Festival
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival is a three-day celebration of music, comedy, art and community held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in the scenic small town of North Adams in The Berkshires of Western MA. Envisioned by Wilco and presented in collaboration with MASS MoCA, the weekend features two headlining Wilco concerts, a comedy cabaret programmed and hosted by John Hodgman, additional musical performances on four stages selected by Wilco and including Wilco-related side projects, a wide array of all-ages programming, and of course, world-class modern art.
Past non-Wilco performers include Mavis Staples, Levon Helm, Thurston Moore, The Books, Syl Johnson, The Handsome Family, The Baseball Project, Here We Go Magic and more. There are also featured speakers, workshops, theatrical performers, food and drink, camping, shuttle buses, pop-up stores and more (in the two festivals done to date, “more” has included everything from live falconry demonstrations to Jeff Tweedy in a charity dunk tank).
In short, the festival is a fun, fantastic collective experience for Wilco and its community of fans. 2013 will be the third iteration of the festival.
The Early Worm 3-Day Pass is $99, with the Early Bird being $124, and the regular price $149. For info go to solidsound.frontgatetickets.com
A limited number of Early Worm 3-Day passes are now available for $99 HERE.
Once Early Worm tickets sell out, a limited quantity of Early Bird tickets will become available for $124.
From there, regular 3-day passes become $149.
3-day passes for children ages 7-10 are $50.
Kids 6 & under get in free.
There will be a very limited number of single day tickets available in early 2013.
Bus tickets from and back to Boston & NYC are an option for purchase when buying festival passes. Once festival tickets have been placed in your cart, the option to add bus tickets will appear. More info on Buses HERE.
MASS MoCA has teamed up with the City of North Adams to provide a field within easy walking distance (.7 miles; a 12 minute walk) from the festival and museum, and convenient to downtown merchants, bars and restaurants. Although this is a basic, open field tent site, there will be a concession food service (including breakfast and late night fare), porta-potties, drinking water, and pay-per use showers. A basketball court and recreation field are nearby.
Rate (for 2 nights – Friday and Saturday nights):
$90 per tent plot. 4 people per tent max. Only one tent is permitted per plot.
$120 per RV plot
Profits from Solid Ground will be given to a local charity camp for disadvantaged youth. All camp services are provided by volunteers.
Space is limited and advance reservations are required. There are no refunds.
Purchase by calling the MASS MoCA box office at (413) 662-2111 ext. 1, during regular business hours (11am – 5pm every day except Tuesday).
Each tent plot reservation includes one 15′ x 18′ space, plus a parking space (either nearby or shuttle serviced) for one (non-RV) vehicle. However, the site will not be set up for car-side camping, so please pack accordingly.
Plots and RV parking will be allocated by the order in which your reservation is made. You will be sent reservation credentials which you must present at the check-in gateway to the tent field.
The RV slots do not have sewer or water hookups. Electrical hookup availability is TBD.
Check in begins Friday, June 21, at 11am.
Check out is by Sunday, June 23, by 3pm.
A maximum of 4 persons per plot, enforced.
For safety reasons, only registered campers displaying Solid Ground tent site wrist bands will be permitted into the grounds.
No open fires or fireworks. Coleman-type camp stoves permitted.
No glass bottles.
No illegal substances.
Quiet please: no generators from 11pm – 9am.
Ice will be available for purchase.
A concession stand serving simple “camp fare” food will be in operation at Solid Ground: the menu and hours of operation will be sent to campers in the “check in” information package, to be distributed approximately one month prior to the concert.
Please note, there will be some on-site security, including 24 hour monitoring, but campers are strongly advised to not leave valuables in tents, and lock your cars. The City of North Adams and MASS MoCA will not be responsible for loss of valuables.