2021 FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES &
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
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 and electronica, as well as some americana, reggae/dub, and jam. We hope you join the Flyday Family if you're not with us already!!
We have rescheduled the festival to October 1-3 due to the pandemic. We are capping ticket sales at 250 for now but may release more tickets depending on how NYSDOH regulations develop. We anticipate selling out quickly and no tickets available at the door so don't delay. The credit card info you give the ticket sales service will hold your ticket and secure your admission to the festival. Your card will not be charged until we are 100% sure we are able to move forward with putting on Flyday safely and in accordance with NYSDOH Covid-19 regulations. If we are forced to cancel, you card will not be charged.
If you bought a ticket for 2020 it will be honored for the new dates. If you booked a room you will be contacted by Blackthorne to arrange switching your room to the new dates. If we are forced to cancel the new October dates, your room deposit will be honored at Flyday Music Festival 2022. So far the lineup is the same but there may be some changes due to conflicts in rescheduling a festival, which is a big deal. Thank you for understanding!!!
\\WHAT SAFETY & HEALTH MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN?
All CDC and New York State guidelines are being followed. See the HEALTH page for detailed information.
\\CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE SHOW?
NO. Tickets are only available in advance. Buy them HERE.
\\DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?
Yes. Masks are required for fans and staff, unless you are in your designated camping space. If you leave that space to use the restroom, you are required to wear a mask. You must utilize a mask upon arrival in order to safely communicate with ticketing and parking attendants.
\\CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD AND BEVERAGE?
YES, you are welcome to bring your own pre-cooked food and non-glass beverages. There will also be concessions sold on site via golf cart so you do not have to leave your designated parking space.
On site cooking on open flames, grills and BBQ pits are prohibited. Alcohol is permitted at the event for guests 21+. 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 are for access to the enclosed outdoor venue area as well as access to all of 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 tis 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 is some music both days. But the lineup for the festival you see all happens between 2PM Friday and 2AM Sunday.
We're having live music outside on Thursday. There will be some special acoustic performances Sunday during brunch in the dining hall (Sit-down breakfast to order for $10!)
\\WHERE DO I GET TICKETS?
Buy tickets in advance through this website to save time and money. Tickets at the gate will most likely not be available as we are drastically reducing ticket sales to under 20% capacity. Advance ticket sales end at noon on Sunday, September 6th.Print your ticket at home, pick up at will call at the gate, or show your ticket's QR code at the door to be scanned.
\\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. Finish up the music Sunday at the Flyday breakfast jam.
\\DOES MY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET INCLUDE CAMPING?
No 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.
\\WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH CAMPING AND ROOMS?
Unlike almost every music festival, 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.
PLAN A ROOMS ($95 per night/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY): A variety of large rooms with 2 queen size beds, patio, TV, studio couches, refrigerator, and heat & air conditioning. Some have Jacuzzi tubs :)
PLAN B ROOMS($75 per night/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY): All units have heat & air conditioning, private bath, TV. Family units are adjoining one double and two twin bed rooms. Some rooms have private terraces with mountain views.
PLAN C ROOMS($75 per night/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY): All units have heat & air conditioning, shower, TV. Twin or double beds available.
Want more than 2 people in your room? That's cool just $20 more per person per night.
FESTIVAL SPECIAL: Free breakfast Saturday and Sunday with 2-night stay in any room!!
Call Blackthorne (518) 634-2541 to reserve your room. Rooms are limited and will sell out so call now for the best options.
Festival "inside-the-fence" tent-only camping is $30 per person in advance. 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 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 Blackthorne Resort site. Festival "inside-the-fence" car camping has a no-fire policy, however there will be a big fire burning in the evenings.
\\ ARE THERE SHOWERS FOR CAMPERS?
YES, there are 6 FREE showers for campers. 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.
\\ 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 crew and get your room key or camping pass. There is one entry point to Flyday Festival area and stages. Get your wristband at the door. NO, you will not be searched anywhere at anytime.
\\ WILL I BE SEARCHED UPON ENTRY?
There are no searches anywhere at anytime. You won't even see cops unless there is some emergency.
Zero searches or hassle. Be cool, be safe, be lawful, be respectful, have fun, don't drive...stay!
\\ 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! Veggie/healthy food stand (Veggie Oasis) and also grilled food.
Flyday is a rain or shine event. There is protection from the elements for the audience at both stages. The outdoor stage has a huge, arching rain/sun dome to keep you protected from the elements. No refunds or exchanges due to weather.
Flyday is impervious to weather you will be dry at both stages no matter what falls from the sky. We've got you covered!
\\ 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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