But, of course, the focal point is the music. Whether seeing headliners like Feist and Andrew Bird get intimate on the Woods Stage or discovering new acts like the dance-inducing, sartorial gospel kings the Relatives, there were aural gems aplenty. Here were a few of our favorites.
Over the past 15 years, Pickathon has honed itself into one of the country’s most idiosyncratic and celebrated music festivals. With a verdant farm and forest setting (putting the Happy in Happy Valley), it now offers an unbeatably eclectic musical lineup and all of the civilized things other festivals lack: space to camp and roam, good food, art and crannies to explore, family activies, and on and on. With a bump in ticket price this year, they reined in attendance even more, and the result was downright luxurious: almost always a spot to sit and great view lines to any show but the smaller stages.