9 Things We Love About Levitate Music and Arts FestivalBy Lauren Crociati and Maria Allen | Photography by Jack Foley
The Levitate Music and Arts Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year by expanding to a two-day event. Founded in 2013 by Daniel and Jessica Hassett, the owners of Marshfield’s popular surf and skate shop, Levitate, the event has grown every year. It is now one of the premier music festivals in New England. Held at the Marshfield Fairgrounds, it features performances by a combination of national touring acts and local favorites and attracts close to 10,000 music lovers each day. This year’s event will take place on July 8th and 9th.
Food trucks will be available throughout the festival offering an assortment of delectable things to eat, including local and homegrown items. VIP ticket holders will gain access to complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar presented by Island Creek Oysters of Duxbury.
It’s family friendly.
The festival features entertainment for younger festival attendees, such as a drum circle tent, creative art projects, touch tanks and more. Tickets for kids (ages 4-12) are $20 for a two-day pass and children under the age of four can come for free. *Note: The VIP viewing area is 21+.
It’s easy to hitch a ride.
Shuttles are available to and from festival-approved campgrounds like Wompatuck State Park and Indianhead Resort. Round-trip bus transportation is also available from Boston and Providence.
You can sip in style.
To reduce waste, Levitate won’t be using any plastic bags at the festival this year and they’re encouraging concertgoers to purchase a tin souvenir drink cup that can be refilled (if you buy a cup, your beer will cost $1 less). There will also be free water stations onsite. The cups not only look cool, but they fit well with the organizers’ mission to promote sustainability and environmental awareness.
Didn’t remember to bring your hula hoop? No problem. Flowton Hoops will be one of many vendors in attendance at the festival. Pick up some new wardrobe items from local boutique trucks or handmade products from artisans like Melted Theory Art.
Show your support.
For the third year in a row, a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield. Folks from the Love Hope Strength Foundation will be there to test concertgoers for their bone marrow types and adding them to the national marrow database. And two local nonprofits, the Steven Zac Woods Scholarship Fund and Kyle Lemire Memorial Scholarship Foundation, will be at the event.
Familiarize yourself with festival acts through a Spotify playlist provided by Levitate Music Festival. It features various songs from the artists performing on both days and can be found on the festival’s website and through its Spotify account. Levitate is also working with the app Radiate to connect attendees to each other. The app will provide concertgoers a social media platform where they can mingle, plan carpools, or find places to stay with others prior to the festival.
Levitate is partnering with TripZero to provide a service for visitors to calculate and offset their carbon footprints. If interested, plug in your travel plans on TripZero (which can be found through the festival’s website) to determine the amount of carbon you’ll use when traveling to the festival. Levitate estimates that about 400 pounds of carbon dioxide will be created by visitors attending the festival.
Show your skateboarding skills.
Since the festival’s founders also own a skateboard shop, it should come as no surprise that there’s a skateboard ramp situated at the center of the festival grounds. Experienced and newbie skaters are welcome to sign up for a turnto practice their tricks.
2017 BAND LINEUP
Saturday, July 8
Rebirth Brass Band
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Ghost of Paul Revere
Mihali & Friends
Sunday, July 9th
Lake Street Dive
JJ Grey & Mofro
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong