Solid Sounds prides itself on being a little different. Organized by Grammy Award-winning alternative group Wilco and held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCa), festival goers looking for a break from beer-soaked hangover-inducing light show vision-blurring festivals will find peace here. We’ve compiled a list of tips for those who have the festival penciled in on their calendars.
(Read: Solid Sound Festival Guide)
1. There’s more than Wilco!
Yes, many festival goers are there to see the hosts. But there is much more. Dozens of other bands will grace the stages, not to mention comedians like Nick Offerman, food vendors, and improv storytellers.
2. Check out the museum
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA if you’re not into verbal gymnastics) is the host venue and opens its doors to festival goers at discounted prices. Check out the festival’s ticket page for more info on museum discounts.
3. Bring the kids
The kids might not be excited when “California Stars” comes on on the big stage. But they’ll love it when Wilco plays it for small-scale kid and parent concerts.
4. Take a hike
The festival is held in the Berkshire Mountains. If you want a break from the festival, check out one (or two) of the many trails in the area. Although you’ll miss the infinite colors of fall, you will be surrounded by a world of green.
5. Book early
North Adams is limited in terms of accommodations options, so booking early is a must. The bed and breakfasts are the best options in the area.
6. Study the lineup and pick someone new
Take a look at the lineup and pick a group that you don’t know but whose bio catches your attention. Check them out live. Maybe you’ll become a fan!
7. Try the cider
One of the many food and drink vendors is Artifact Cider which crafts ciders from the best Massachusetts apples. Can’t miss that.
8. … and BBQ
Mad Jack’s BBQ dishes out the ribs, cornbread, and coleslaw. You’d be a fool to turn that down in between shows.