AthFest Educates has announced the complete lineup for the 2021 AthFest Music & Arts Festival, which will take place September 24th-26th in downtown Athens. The festival is free and open to all ages and includes an artist market, beer gardens, food and retail vendors, and KidsFest with its own stage of performances by and for young people. The UpNext Showcase takes place on the KidsFest stage on Friday night and features middle and high school age performers. This year’s festival will not include an official AthFest Club Crawl. The full schedule of acts is coming soon to the AthFest.com website.
The lineup includes
- FRIDAY 9/24/21 -- Caulfield; Elijah Johnston; Fishbug; Heffner; Hotel Fiction; Kxng Blanco; Modern Skirts; Nicholas Mallis; Quiet Hounds; Squalle; T. Hardy Morris; Wonderland Rangers.
- SATURDAY 9/25/21 – A.D. Blanco; Andrew Blooms; Cassie Chantel; Check the Signs; Cloudland; Convict Julie; Five Eight; Grand Vapids; Grassland String Band; Ishues; Jacob Mallow; Lighthearted; Michael Guthrie Band; Monsoon; Neighbor Lady; Sae'von Springer; Semicircle; Shameless James; Tedo Stone; The Orange Constant; Wanderwild; Well Kept; Wieuca; Zac Crook.
- SUNDAY 9/26/21 -- Annie Leeth; Bain Mattox; BYV_Trubb; Cheese Dream; David Barbe; DK; Elf Power; Haunted Shed; Hazel Virtue; Hunter Morris & Blue Blood; Jay Gonzalez; Kilkenny Cats; Night Palace; Sonderluster; Telemarket; The Arcs; The Howdies; The Pink Stones; Tony B; Trvy; Ty Manning and the Slawdog Biscuits.
AthFest Music Chair, Troy Aubrey, says he was honored to work with local musicians and promoters Drew Beskin and Montu Miller to put together a lineup of all Athens acts that, “showcases not only what is new and happening in the current creative scene, but also celebrates the rich history of Athens music including reunions of some classic Athens bands.” He added, “we will have slightly shorter sets this year so we can feature as many Athens artists as possible, with a bunch of awesome acts packed in from beginning to end. We’re super grateful to all the bands who reached out to play for us and are so excited to have so many great acts gracing our stages and representing the legendary Athens music scene.”
This year’s festival marks the 25th year of the annual celebration of Athens music and arts and raises money for the nonprofit AthFest Educates, which gives grants to support music and arts education for K-12 students in Athens. To date, AthFest Educates has awarded over $489,000 in grants.