In 2013, the Levitate Music Festival started out simple: a party celebrating the tenth anniversary of the surf and skate apparel brand Levitate. It was just a backyard BBQ with a band and a couple booths, but then it grew from there until it took on a life and momentum of its own. Now it's one of the best grassroots music festivals on the East Coast, blending a variety of genres such as roots rock, bluegrass, Americana, jam bands, and reggae.
Located at Marshfield, MA
The festival takes place at the historic Marshfield fair grounds in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The town of about 25,000 is located on the South Shore of Massachusetts, where Massachusetts Bay meets Cape Cod Bay.
2018 Music Lineup
The festival draws a range of well-known mainstream acts and local favorites. The lineup for 2018 includes the following artists:
- Trey Anastasio Band
- The Head and the Heart
- Slightly Stoopid
- Lake Street Drive
- Stick Figure
- Greensky Bluegrass
- Stephen Marley
- Xavier Rudd
- The Suffers
- Robert Randolph and the Family Band
- Samantha Fish
- Jon and Roy
- New Kingston
- The Elovaters
- West End Blend
- The Quins
Other acts who have appeared at the Levitate Music Festival include:
- Ziggy Marley
- Umphrey's McGee
- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
- Deer Tick
- Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Los Lobos
- North Mississippi Allstars
- Moon Taxi,
- Blind Faith
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Dr. Dog
- Chris Robinson Brotherhood
- Collie Buddz
- Aldous Collins Band
- Wheeland Brothers
Cost, Logistics, and Future Dates
Tickets for the Levitate Music Festival range from about $30 adults basic general admission ($20 for kids depending on age) to about $349 for the most expensive VIP tickets. Those with VIP tickets get access to the following bonuses:
- Reserved viewing areas with shade
- Island Creek oyster bar
- Private VIP bar and water areas
- Air-conditioned restrooms with flushing toilets
- Premium VIP parking
Whether you're VIP or not, parking is fairly easy, plentiful, and close to the festival, according to the organizers and reviews. You enter the parking lot nearby the fairgrounds on South River Street across the street from the town's fire station.
The next festival takes place July 7 and 8, 2018.
Reviews of Levitate
The festival's Facebook page has over 27,000 likes and very positive comments throughout its timeline. Vanyaland gave a positive review of the festival, with the only real criticism pointed toward the packed crowds in the 2017 festival. The writer noted the festival, which had been flying under the radar, was definitely no longer escaping notice. Despite the growing pains and the feeling that 2017's festival felt overcrowded for the venue, the writer described a well-run operation with plenty of good perks. Eastern Surf also spoke enthusiastically about the festival in its review.
These are the general impressions you'll get from reading the comments and reviews:
- The festival has consistently excellent lineups.
- There's more to Levitate than the music. With the help of non-profit partners, the festival emphasizes community involvement and a celebration of the arts.
- The festival is a well-organized operation that is run by altruistic team players. This combination produces a strong sense of community.
The Levitate Music Festival Will Have You Floating
It's a unique thrill when you join a art-focused community, bond with them, and celebrate common interests and values. Levitate Music Festival tries hard to make this kind of special community experience happen for every visitor. Besides tapping your toes to some world class music, you'll walk away from the festival with a smile on your face.