Review & Photos | Peach Music Festival 2013 | Scranton

Images by: Suzy Perler

Words by: Chadbyrne Dickens

Peach Music Festival :: 8.15.13-8.18.13 :: Montage Mountain :: Scranton, PA

Suzy Perler's Photos...

The Allman Brothers belted out the Dickey Betts-penned lyrics “People can you feel it? Love is everywhere. People can you hear it? Love is in the air” with a sing-a-long crowd bursting energetic camaraderie and passion during the contagious tune. The anthemic chorus was apropos as it encapsulated the vibes for so many at the second annual Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 15-18. With over 50 sets of music over four days, the festival included genres from jam to bluegrass to electronica to soul. The successful musical oasis is held at a ski area, Montage Mountain, centrally located two hours from New York City and two hours northwest of Philadelphia.

The second annual Festival saw exponential growth after its trial run last year, with nearly 35,000 people soaking up the weekend festivities. It is fair to say some of this may be due to positive word of mouth from last year’s unveiling, but also due to the fact that Mr. Bob Weir was slotted to perform three sets. Live Nation and The Allman Brothers Band did an impeccable job organizing a complex event by delivering a stellar lineup with safety and comfort among many stimulating options. In addition to musical entertainment, which saw a bevy of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, fans were entertained through a myriad of means.

Unquestionably, what sets The Peach Festival apart from its contemporaries is the location. At what other festival can you take a ride on a zip line travelling at 55mph with a 40-story drop? Where else can you go on a water slide or a wave pool to refresh between sets on a beautiful summer day? The festival is located smack dab in the middle of the fully functional and fantastic Montage Meltdown Water Park. The impact the water wonderland has on the psyche of participants cannot be overstated. Furthermore, the hillside camping under the ski chairlifts allows one to hear the sets while one is at camp - always a bonus.

The only challenge at the festival, if any, is the inability to carry an alcoholic beverage from one stage to the other. However, this is due to different liquor licenses at each location and a necessity and really not that big a hassle in the scheme of things. Otherwise, the vending was located in an organized prime location and security was a friendly subtle presence. The additions since last year were more shuttles, a third stage and an expanded camping area.

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