AthFest Announces Lineup for September 2021 | Art and culture
On Thursday, AthFest Educates announced the full line-up for the AthFest 2021 Music & Arts Festival.
Held in downtown Athens from September 24-26, the free festival is open to all ages and includes an artist market, beer gardens, food and retail vendors, and a KidsFest stage with performances by and for young people.
This year’s production celebrates the 25th anniversary of the festival, which raises money for the charitable AthFest Educates. The proceeds will be used to support music and arts education for K-12 students in Athens.
The line-up includes a variety of local and regional musicians, including Hotel Fiction and Kxng Blanco on September 24th, Cloudland and Andrew Blooms on September 25th, and Annie Leeth and The Arcs on September 26th. Over 55 bands were announced in the lineup. from indie to rock to rap.
AthFest Music Chair Troy Aubrey expressed enthusiasm for partnering with local musicians and promoters Drew Beskin and Montu Miller to put together this year’s musician collection.
“[The lineup] not only shows what’s new and happening in the current creative scene, it also celebrates the rich history of Athenian music, including the reunions of some classic Athenian bands, ”said Aubrey in a July press release. “We’re going to have slightly shorter sets this year so we can showcase as many Athenian artists as possible, with a number of great acts from start to finish.”
With the UpNext Showcase, the music scene will even offer space for Athens’ youngest creative generations. The showcase will take place on the night of September 24th on the KidsFest stage and will highlight artists of middle and senior school age. For the remainder of the weekend, KidsFest will host youth-friendly artists with art and music-related activities.
All grocery vendors will showcase the local restaurant talent. In addition, a block of the AthFest will be dedicated to the artists’ market, where visual artists can advertise their goods.
The full program of acts can be found on the AthFest website. The three day event will pay extra attention to Athens’ deep creative roots while bringing the community together to enjoy their favorite musicians, artists and restaurants.
“We are very grateful to all of the bands who went out of their way to play for us,” said Aubrey in the press release. “We are very excited to have so many great acts on our stages and to represent the legendary Athens music scene.”