Saturday, June 22, 2013

Event Preview: The NINES Festival (Devens, MA, USA)

Prior to this year, it was tough for New England music fans to get out to all-day festivals. Lolla was in Chicago, Bonnaroo was in Tennessee, Coachella was in California. However, this year two excellent festivals have been added. First, the Boston Calling festival (showcasing some of the world's best alternative and indie rock) has been such a major success that the festival's organizers have added a second date after its May premiere in September. Second, and less publicized, The NINES has been created as a way of promoting music in Central Massachusetts. Showcasing artists from all across the musical spectrum (Explosions In The Sky, Delta Spirit, Kid Koala - all the way from post-rock to electronic to more "accessible" music), the festival is sure to impress anyone who plans on going thanks to the wide swath of styles and the quality of all the music which will be there. The festival's introductory press release is below:

Explosions In The Sky
Devens, MA-The NINES, New England’s newest music and arts festival, a multi-stage, multi-arts summer festival will present a diverse lineup of nationally touring and emerging artists. The all ages event will also feature comedy, art installations, exhibits, interactive art projects, crafts, tasty food and beverages and more.

Sited on the twenty-acre manicured athletic grounds of Willard Field in Devens, Massachusetts, The NINES is conveniently accessed directly off of Route 2, and under an hour’s drive from
 Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire. Gates will open at Noon. Music starts at 1:00 PM.
Walk Off The Earth

The NINES attendees will enjoy a lineup of mixed musical styles represented by Explosions in the Sky, Delta Spirit, Walk Off The Earth, Shuggie Otis, Kid Koala and many more on two stages with no overlapping sets, while a mix of the region’s best emerging to established comedians will take up residence under the “Stitch” comedy tent, curated by Harvard Square’s The Comedy Studio and hosted by the Comedy Studio’s impresario Rick Jenkins. A 21+beer garden will provide a selection of beer and wine.
“Our mission is to bring attention to the breadth of artistic talent in our region, bring top-tier bands to our area and build on this year after year,” says Monica Hinojos, Executive Director of Ayer-based 3Rivers Arts, co-producer of the NINES. "We want to introduce audiences to Central Massachusetts as a hub of artistic talent, and hopefully, a regular summer tour stop for their favorite bands. Our vision is for a happy side-effect of The Nines to be a cultural and economic boost for the area as well.”
Delta Spirit

A limited number of early bird tickets priced at $49.00 and “Patron of the Arts” VIP tickets priced at $109.00 will go on sale Friday, June 7th, at 10:00 AM at the Acton, Mass. Enterprise Bank branch located at 340 Great Road (Route 2A) for in person, cash only purchases.

Dr. Dog
Tickets may also be purchased online at, at all TicketMaster locations or charged by phone by calling 800-653-8000. Children under 10 admitted free if accompanied by parent or guardian.

“Patron of the Arts” (VIP) tickets include premier parking, fast lane entry, access to the private Cloud 9 lounge, arts garden and viewing area, complimentary beverages and hospitality, air conditioned restrooms, the NINES official 2013 poster and more.

Early Bird tickets will be available only as long as supplies last. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

The NINES is a presentation of 3Rivers Arts in association with Great Northeast Productions, Inc.
Kid Koala

Muzik Dizcovery will be covering The NINES festival when it happens. If there is a specific artist you would like us to cover or interview, email us at staff [at]

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