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2021 FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES &
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
EARLY CHECK-IN
& PRE-PARTY
JAMS
2PM-2AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
NOON-?AM
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 americana, reggae/dub, and jam.   We hope you join the Flyday Family if you're not with us already!! 

\\CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

We have rescheduled the festival to October 1-3 due to the pandemic.  We are capping ticket sales at 200 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.  Stay tuned for updates.  Anticipate some masking, physical distancing, hand sanitizing, health screening, as per NYS DOH and CDC guidelines and laws.  Covid testing and/or proof of vaccine is unlikely but we can't guarantee we won't be required to do so. 

\\CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE SHOW?

Maybe, but we can't guarantee they will be available.  Tickets are still available in advance.  Buy them HERE.

We can only sell 200 tickets at this time due to NYS Covid gathering restrictions.  Don't wait!  Your credit card info will reserve your ticket and admission to the festival but will not be charged until we are 100% positive we will not have to cancel due to Covid.  Tickets will be transferrable as well.

\\DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AND STAY IN A SPOT?

By October 1, things will probably be different so stay tuned for health and safety updates as determined by NYS DOH and the CDC. Masks may be required for un-vaccinated fans and staff inside the venue area. You must utilize a mask upon arrival in order to safely communicate with ticketing and parking attendants.  Again, we will be following current NYS DOH and CDC guidelines for health and safety.  Hopefully with full vaccine availability, herd immunity and continued decreasing Covid numbers, our limited attendance and ample space, a large viewing area in front of the stage will allow you to move freely and have adequate physical distancing form your fellow attendees.

\\WHAT ARE THE COVID RESTRICTIONS?

We will be updating our testing/vaccine/mask/covid policy in adherence to the NYS laws and guidelines which are constantly changing.  As we get closer to the event, look for updates.  Your safety and health is our top priority.

\\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.  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?

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.

CAMPING RATES:

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.  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

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 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.  

\\ WILL I BE SEARCHED UPON ENTRY?

There are no searches.  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!  We are also happy to offer veggie/healthy food (Veggie Oasis), grilled food, and a variety of other options.  

\\ WEATHER

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.

\\ VENDORS/VOLUNTEERS/CONTACT

Ya wanna Vvolunteer or sell food or stuff? Got other questions?  email flyday43@gmail.com