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May 27, 2014

Thank You for an Incredible DelFest

What a year! We are so grateful and inspired by the DelFest community of artists, staff, volunteers and most importantly you, the fans.

From all of us at DelFest and the McCoury family, thank you. See you next year!

May 22, 2014

Important Ticketing Info

  • 4-Day, 3-Day (Fri/Sat/Sun) and Single-Day Passes (no camping) are on sale now
  • Buy online or at the festival Box Office; hours and location:
    - Main Box Office (mutli-day pass holders)
    - Single Day Box Office (single-day pass holders only)
  • 2-Day Passes (Sat/Sun) will be on sale for $140 each at the Box Office (not available online)
  • Smartphone users: get the Eventbrite app here
  • Late Night shows on Fri., May 23 (Greensky Bluegrass w/ Cabinet) and Sat., May 24 (Railroad Earth w/ Shook Twins) are SOLD OUT
  • Sunday Late Nights (Travelin’ McCourys and special guest Jeff Austin w/ The California Honeydrops) still available
  • Buy Late Night tickets at the Late Night Box Office (not available online)
  • If your tickets (applies to festival passes, parking passes and Late Night tickets) were purchased for you or given to you by a friend, and the name on the tickets does not match the name on your ID, the tickets are valid for entry as long as they have not already been used.
  • Be sure to read the DelFest arrival info:
    - For MULTI-day pass holders
    - For SINGLE-day pass holders
  • Complete Shuttle & Trolley Schedule & Info

May 21, 2014

DelFest Week is Here… Del Yeah!

The Allegany County Fairgrounds is quickly transforming into the bluegrass paradise we know and love! Gates for the 7th Annual DelFest open at 12:30pm this Thursday, May 22. Carefully review the updated DelFest Arrival Information; you can also download a PDF of this info to bring to the festival.

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Travel safely: we want you to arrive at DelFest refreshed and prepared to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and more! The highway patrol in Western Maryland has been known to be very vigilant. Please drive carefully and follow all posted signs.

May 20, 2014

Del’s Army Food Drive

Join Del’s Army in helping the Western Maryland Food Bank! We’ve promised Del and Jean we’ll work together to gather a ton of canned goods – literally! 2000 lbs. – for the hungry. Don’t take it home: your donations are needed to help the hungry and homeless in our community. Look for more info on the Del’s Army Food Drive in the DelFest program, available when you arrive at the festival.

Mobile Phone Recycling Drive

Rock the Earth is calling on all DelFest fans to gather up your old, unwanted mobile phones and bring them to the Rock the Earth booth at DelFest for proper recycling. Each person recycling a phone will receive one entry into the on-site sweepstakes drawing for cool prizes like CDs and DVDs, Rock the Earth t-shirts, DelFest commemorative posters and more! The more phones you bring to DelFest for recycling, the less toxic chemicals end up in landfills and the bigger your positive impact on the environment, while also increasing your chances of winning one of these fantastic prizes. All phones are purged of information, with working phones are-distributed via non-profits, domestic violence shelters, and other positive community-based support groups. Outdated phones have all the toxic chemicals and heavy metals removed for re-use and all other components disposed of properly. All phones are purged of information, with working phones re-distributed via non-profits, domestic violence shelters and other positive community-based support groups. Outdated phones have all the toxic chemicals and heavy metals removed for re-use and all other components disposed of properly.

DelFest Foundation Raffle

A raffle will be held throughout the weekend with daily drawings and a grand prize chosen on Sunday for a custom Martin Guitar! Stop by the Merchandise Tent to buy raffle tickets and check out the other great prizes including tickets to next year’s DelFest. Proceeds will benefit the DelFest Foundation, which gives to a variety of local charities that help the homeless. Winners will be announced from the Grandstand Stage before The Del McCoury Band on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

May 14, 2014

Jerry Douglas & John Frazier to Join YMSB

Yonder Mountain String Band is thrilled to return to the 7th annual DelFest on Friday, May 23, and welcomes special guests John Frazier (mandolin, fiddle) and the one and only Jerry Douglas (dobro). Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Allegany County Fairgrounds this Memorial Day Weekend!

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Ticket Discount Deadline: May 19

Don’t miss out on current prices! Today’s DelFest Advance 4-day pass price will last through May 19. The General Admission 4-day pass price will then increase $10. General Admission 3-day and single-day passes are on sale now; 2-day (Sat/Sun) passes are sold out.

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Grab your Late Night tickets while you’re at it!

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May 12, 2014

Jeff Austin Artist-At-Large

We’re very excited to announce that Jeff Austin will be joining DelFest as artist-at-large on Saturday and Sunday! We can guarantee that he’ll be featured with The Travelin’ McCourys at their mainstage show as well as their late night set on Sunday. History proves that Jeff has a tendency to sit in with just about everyone, so look forward to some great pickin’!

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May 8, 2014

Important Arrival Info

Travel safely: we want you to arrive at #DelFest refreshed and prepared to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and more!

With that in mind, please carefully review the updated DelFest Arrival Information. There is separate, specific arrival information depending on whether you have a multi-day or single day pass. You can also download a PDF of this info to bring to the festival.

View 2014 Arrival Info

In order to park on-site, you must buy an On-Site Parking Pass. Buying in advance will expedite entry. Off-site Parking Passes are available too.

More Info on Parking

May 1, 2014

Artist Open Submission Winners!

We’re pleased to announce the six bands selected in our first-ever DelFest Artist Open Submissions. Give a warm DelFest welcome to The Barefoot Movement, Dead Horses, Kitchen Dwellers, Liz Frame and the Kickers, Mo’ Mojo and Tuckahoe Ridge String Band! Representing traditional and progressive bluegrass, Americana, folk and beyond, these groups will each perform one set, setting the stages for jam-packed days of great music this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Ticket Discount Deadline: Monday, May 5

DelFest 2-day passes (Sat-Sun only) are selling quickly: fewer than 75 2-day passes are available. Buy your 2-day passes today before they sell out!

The current 3-day pass price is good through Monday, May 5. The 3-day pass price then increases starting Tuesday, May 6. Festival 4-day pass prices will remain the same through May 19. Buy your tickets now and save!

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April 16, 2014

Announcing Late Night Shows!

The pickin’ and good times continue into the wee hours of the morning at DelFest! We’re pleased to announce this year’s Late Night shows. (Note that these are separately ticketed events; all artists performing in Late Night shows will also perform on the daytime stages.) Late Night tickets are on sale now!

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More Info on Late Nights

Buy Discount Tickets Now and Save

Discounted advance 3-day (Fri-Sun only), a very limited number of 2-day (Sat-Sun only) as well as single-day passes (no camping) are on sale now! You can also buy discounted advance full festival passes 4-day passes (Thu-Sun) – save on the gate price and get in on all the DelFest fun!

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April 8, 2014

New DelFest Academy Instructors

We welcome two new instructors to this year’s DelFest Academy: two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Leigh Gibson of the Gibson Brothers (guitar) and IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Jesse Brock of the Gibson Brothers. Learn from some of the finest bluegrass musicians at DelFest Academy!

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April 1, 2014

Lineup Additions!

We are pleased to announce the following lineup additions for the 7th Annual DelFest! Joining an already-stacked Memorial Day Weekend will be The Devil Makes Three, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Shook Twins, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, T Sisters, and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades!

A select group of bands who submitted to the Open Artist Submissions (now closed) will be added in the coming weeks. All entrants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 18th. Please do not contact our office to inquire on your status.

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Daily Schedule!

Time to start planning your four days of bluegrass bliss; the daily schedule is here! Late Nights will be announced and tickets on-sale in the coming weeks.

View & Customize Your Daily Schedule

Discount Deadline Monday, April 7th

Discounted Advance 4-day Passes are available for purchase thru Monday, April 7th. Buy now and save! 3-day (Fri-Sun only), a very limited number of 2-day (Sat-Sun only) as well as Single Day Passes (no camping) will be available for purchase on Tuesday, April 8th.

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March 17, 2014

Open Artist Submissions

For the first time ever, we’re opening up our artist submissions for a chance to perform at this year’s festival! We’re searching for fresh, local talent that could be described as traditional and progressive bluegrass, Americana, folk, and beyond.

Open submission period is now closed. All entrants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 18, 2014. Please do not contact our offices to find out your status.

Tickets On Sale

A limited allotment of discounted Advance 4-day Passes are currently available for purchase thru Monday, April 7th. Buy early and save! Regularly priced 4-day, 3-day, 2-day and Single Day Passes will be available for purchase on April 8th. Daily schedule to be announced in the coming weeks, stay tuned! DELuxe Experience Packages are now sold out, thank you!

Please note, we are no longer shipping tickets. Tickets will be sent via email upon purchase or delivered through the EventBrite App.

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DelFest Academy

Learn from the best in bluegrass in the week leading up to the festival in a friendly, encouraging and intensive learning experience. Just announced – Cody Kilby from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be joining The Travelin’ McCourys at the Academy this year as our guitar instructor!

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February 13, 2014

Lineup Announcement

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! We are proud to announce the 7th Annual DelFest Lineup including a highly anticipated two set performance from The String Cheese Incident! Also joining us in Cumberland will be Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Hot Rize, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and many, many more! We hope visions of a DelFest Incident keep you warm this winter.

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Tent Hotel

Leave the camping gear at home and stay in our on-site tent hotel, The Sherpa Village! The Show Sherpa set up a top-of-the-line Eureka tent for you and a cozy cot, you just need to be sure to pack your dancing shoes. Reservations are now open.

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Carpool & Save

Looking to carpool to DelFest? Zimride, our official carpool partner, makes it easy to connect with other festival goers heading your way. Driving? Post your trip on Zimride and sell the empty seats in your car. Need a ride? Book cheap seats in one of the many DelFest carpools listed on Zimride. Save money. Make friends.

Post Your Zimride

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January 20, 2014

DelFest Academy Update

This year DelFest Academy begins one day earlier with the registration meet and greet beginning Sunday, May 18th and 4pm. Classes will take place Monday thru Wednesday before DelFest. Also new this year, Academy tuition is sold separately and all other items – 4-day Pass, Parking Pass, RV Pass, DELuxe Packages – must be added a la carte to your order.

More on DelFest Academy

New This Year: ADA Registration & Service Animal Policy

All festival patrons with mobility disabilities are welcome and will be accommodated at DelFest. In an effort to better serve our guests with mobility disabilities, we have developed a new pre-festival registration procedure. We have also developed a new service animal policy and procedure in the interest of ensuring that bona fide service animals are permitted and all other animals are prohibited at High Sierra.

More about Accessibility and Service Animals

January 14, 2014

Limited Pre-Sale 4-day Pass allotment sold out. Thank you!

Calling All Craft Vendors

The 2014 DelFest Craft Vending Application is now open! The deadline to submit is Sunday, March 16th. View details and submit your application here.

Introducing EventBrite

We are pleased to announce our new ticketing services partner, EventBrite, to provide you with a quick and easy purchase process and festival entry!

Please note, we are no longer shipping tickets. Tickets will be sent via email upon purchase or delivered through the EventBrite App. Want to make your life easier at DelFest? Get Eventbrite for mobile to keep all the event info and tickets on your iPhone or Android . Don’t worry about printing tickets – just pull up your ticket in the app at the box office and we’ll scan you right in, quick and easy!