The Newport Folk Festival is unique among music festivals because for the last few years it has sold out before the lineup was even announced. It speaks to the level of trust that the festival producers have built up among their audience, and this year’s festival demonstrated once again that the trust is well-placed.
The first thing you have to face when attending the Newport Folk Festival is that you’re not going to see everything. There are three stages, and the festival planners have intentionally built conflicts into the schedule in an effort to get people to move around and check out as much music as possible. It’s a noble goal, but as a result concert-goers are often faced with the prospect of seeing partial sets, or missing some sets altogether … (more)