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Festival fun ... USA style [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

June 25, 2013


THINKING of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York State's amazing line up of the biggest and best music festivals.

Make like a New Yorker and discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattan's hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life... Jazz Lovers will adore the SYRACUSE JAZZ FESTIVAL (July 4-6). Multi-award winning, it's the largest free jazz festival in the north-east of America, and only a five-hour road trip from JFK airport. Offering a huge variety of artists over three days, its big draw headliners are Kenny G & Donovan. Combine it with a stopover at the beautiful Oneida Lake just north of the town for a chilled out post-festie retreat. ( GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE (JULY 18-21) offers something rather different in the scenic Finger Lakes region. Starting out as a benefit to raise money for a local AIDS charity, it has grown so much it now showcases over 60 bands, playing over four stages. Expect diverse world music, arts, dancing, and a genuinely chilled- out quirky vibe. Discover something you have never seen or heard before - fancy dress optional! ( Billed as one of the most exciting festivals in the world, the INTERNATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL (August 17-18) features the best from the Emerald Isle crammed into one St Paddy's style weekend. Situated in Hunter Mountain, a long time favourite music venue in Green County; expect world-class Irish and American bands and plenty of that famous Irish craic.

( MOE.DOWN FESTIVAL (August 9-11) is into its 14th year and it's bigger than ever. Located at the picturesque Snow Ridge Ski Resort in upstate New York only four hours from the City, and hosted by the band Moe; it's a bouncy mix of jam music and good old fashioned family fun. (

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