2022 FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES &
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
BREAKFAST JAM HOSTED BY FLYDAY FRIENDS
\\THE FLYDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL STORY
Back in 1981 in the college town of Geneseo, NY, an alternative co-ed frat-ority AXP (later RXE) held an annual one-day outdoor party in the Spring called Fly Day. This tradition continued for 28 years until the event folded under pressure from the community and college. In the late 90's, the band Schleigho started a music festival in Erik Krasno's backyard and then moved to the Wendell State Forest called The Ho-Down. Some of the best bands of the late 90's scene (Lettuce, Soulive, Derek Trucks Band, The Slip, Lake Trout, Moon Boot Lover, Yolk, Jazz Mandolin Project, Conehead Buddha and more) would come together with Schleigho to celebrate music, friends, and life.
In 2017 a member of Schleigho who went to Geneseo and was a member of RXE, was living in the Catskills. He asked his friends the Handel family who own the Blackthorne Resort if he could use the big outdoor stage to pull Schleigho back together after a long hiatus to play 2 nights along with a few other bands for The Flyday Ho-Down. The event's intent was an RXE reunion of sorts in the Fly Day tradition, and a chance for Schleigho to play again for their friends, families and fans.
The event was a success and so much fun, a partnership was formed and Flyday Music Festival came to life.
Flyday Music Festival is a non-corporate, intimate festival put on by 2 musicians who love great music. The quality of the music and the coming together of friends and the ever-growing Flyday Family is the main focus of Flyday today.
The music you will hear is original and bad-ass bands of mostly funk, fusion, experimental and progressive rock, as well as some bluegrass/Americana, reggae/dub, and jam. We hope you join the Flyday Family if you're not with us already!!
\\CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE SHOW?
Maybe, but we can't guarantee they will be available. And if they are they will be be more money so buy early.
Tickets are available in advance.
\\CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGE?
YES, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages for your campsite or room. Cooking on camping stoves at your site is OK but no open campfires unless your site has a fire pit. Alcohol is ok at your campsite or room, but you can't bring them into the venue area. There is a full bar as well as fresh, local microbrew on tap from Back Barn Brewing Co by the stage. Please drink responsibly and assign a designated driver. Underage alcohol consumption will not be tolerated.
\\GENERAL ADMISSION GETS ME WHERE?
General admission (All ages) tickets grant access to the enclosed outdoor venue area as well as access to the whole Blackthorne Resort. Anybody can visit Blackthorne, but you will not be able to see any of the bands without a ticket. Accommodations are optional, varied and not included in General Admission Tickets. See the STAY page on this website or CAMPING/ROOMS below. Options are good right? We think so.
\\WILL I MISS ANYTHING IF I ONLY COME FRIDAY AND SATURDAY?
We added Thursday and Sunday to the dates of the festival because you can come early and stay late and there will be some music both days. But the announced lineup for the festival all happens between 2PM Friday and 2AM Sunday.
There will be some live music outside on Thursday, and some special acoustic performances on Sunday during brunch in the dining hall (Sit-down breakfast to order for $10!). Thursday is the pre-party with some jams!
\\WHERE IS IT?
Blackthorne Resort and festival grounds is located at 348 Sunside Road, East Durham, NY. www.blackthorneresort.com
1 hour south Albany. 1 hour north of New Paltz. 3 hours west of Boston. 2.5 hours north of NYC.
\\WHAT ARE THE BANDS' SET TIMES?
Set times will be posted on the LINEUP page. Music is Friday from 3PM-2AM and Saturday from noon-2AM outside on 2 stages. Make sure you come for all of it-both nights are special. Come early Thursday for Flyday open-mic pre-party and bonfire.
\\WHY DOESN'T MY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET INCLUDE CAMPING?
The General Admission ticket is priced for folks coming for all the music but not staying overnight. We offer many options for accommodations so you can customize your experience to fit your budget and comfort level. Basically, we don't want to charge day trippers or people getting rooms for camping.
\\WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH CAMPING AND ROOMS?
There are lots of options here, from tent camping to rooms with jacuzzi tubs ;) to meet all comfort levels and budgets. Tent campers can just show up and pay when you get here. Or skip the tent and get a room! Rooms on the 100 acre Blackthorne Resort are a short walk to the Main Stage. Weldon House rooms are less than a mile away and there will be a free shuttle bus running. See the STAY page for pricing info.
Call Blackthorne (518) 634-2541 to reserve your room. Rooms are limited and will sell out so call now for the best options.
Festival tent-only camping is $25 per person in advance for Friday and Saturday and Thursday for early arrivers. Purchase this online when you get your ticket.
(FREE flush toilets,showers and charging stations available as well as coin laundry). Flat, grass Flyday community camping!
Blackthorne's Car/tree/private/camping sites are $15 per person per night. Purchase these at Blackthorne in the office.
RV sites with hookups: $20 per person, per night. Purchase these at Blackthorne in the office.
Full breakfast for all guests for $10. Available Saturday and Sunday.
\\ CAN I HAVE AN OPEN FIRE AT MY CAMPSITE?
YES, you can have a fire at your campsite if you get a site with a fire pit.
\\ ARE THERE SHOWERS FOR CAMPERS?
YES, there are 6 FREE showers for campers, open 24 hours. There are also real flush bathrooms for campers and ticket holders and there is also coin laundry.
\\ CAN I BRING MY KIDS &/OR DOG?
YES Flyday and Blackthorne welcome you to bring the whole family, and dogs are permitted on a leash. Proof of rabies shot required, no exceptions. There is a great park with swings, slides, merry-go-round, forts, geodesic climbing dome, pirate ship, a petting zoo, and more. Babysitters may be available so contact us if interested. All this, plus kids 12 and under are free admission to the festival. Children under 2 are not permitted.
\\ ARE THERE ATMS?
YES, there is an ATM in The Phoenix Pub located adjacent to the Main Stage area.
Wristbands are non-transferable. Lost, stolen, broken or tampered with wristbands are void and can not be replaced.
All sales are final-no exceptions. Wristbands will be available at the Flyday gate.
\\ ENTRY & SECURITY
Arrive at Blackthorne and park (free parking everywhere.) Go in the main building up the steps to the office and say "hi" to Patty and the crew and get your room key or RV site. There is one entry point to Flyday Festival area and stages. Get your wristband and/or camping pass at the Flyday gate starting Friday at noon.
\\ ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES/FOOD
Bring what you want to your campsite and room. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed inside the Phoenix Pub or the Main Stage Area, except for what is in your hand. The drinks in the pub (full bar) and outside (Fresh, local microbrew on tap) are very reasonably priced (cash only, ATM available). No festival gouging here! We are also happy to offer veggie/healthy food (Veggie Oasis), grilled food, and a variety of other options. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
Flyday is a rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges due to weather.
\\ ABOUT BLACKTHORNE RESORT AND FESTIVAL GROUNDS
Blackthorne is a 4th generation, family owned and run resort on 100+ acres in the beautiful northern Catskills, with tent camping, RV camping, 85+ rooms, in-ground pool and tiki bar (seasonal), huge central field, basketball and tennis courts, kids park/playground, main building with restaurant/dining room, spacious bar and indoor stage, awesome outdoor stage venue, and more. The Handel family are good friends of ours and are happy to accommodate Flyday Music Festival and our guests again and for years to come! Home to the Catskill Mountain Thunder which brings 10,000 bikers, they know how to host a big party! Flyday takes over Blackthorne this weekend and they love us so come party!!
\\ THESE ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED
Weapons. Bad attitudes. Illegal stuff.
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