If you’ve been missing festivals, Borderland has got you covered during September 18th-19th, for 2 days of music, food, beer, crafts at Knox Farm State Park. The festival will host over 20 bands on three stages, featuring national and regional, rock, country, Americana, and roots artists.
Not only is this festival for music lovers, it’s also for scenic lovers. The backdrop is the historic Knox Farm Stables, where the bands will play their hearts out, accompanied by artisans, vendors, live painting, local craft beer, and food and culinary experiences.
Borderland takes place at one of the most scenic and storied grounds in New York State.
“We are beyond thrilled to be returning this year to Knox Farm and can’t wait to create another incredible experience for our loyal fans. We will have local vendors and artisans, a kids area and a Sunday football zone near our Homespun Stage where local bands will perform. You can always expect surprises with amazing national, regional and local musician collaborations,” shares festival producer and owner Jennifer Brazil.
Headlining the 2021 festival is Jason Isbell and the 400 Units, The Revivalists and also features Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Infamous Stringdusters, Moon Taxi, Hiss Golden Messenger.
“Jason Isbell is one of the best performers and songwriters of our generation and we are so excited to be able to bring him to Buffalo,” says Brazill. “The Revivalists believed in our vision the first year of our festival and we thought it would be really special to have them back to celebrate the end of this long year. We can’t wait for them to bring that unparalleled energy back to our stage. We believe that if you set the right vibe and bring the bands who align with your vision, you will always knock it out of the park.”
The music is one thing. The overall message is something else. That’s because Borderland prides itself on being a sustainable festival. So often it’s easier to skimp out when it comes to the environment, due to time and expenses. But that’s not the directive that Borderland has in mind, as it sets out to raise the bar for sustainable events in Western New York.
In 2019, the festival diverted 10,531 pounds of waste away from landfills and worked with Farmer Pirates in Buffalo, NY to turn that trash into composting and recycling.
In fact, the festival has been awarded (by the City and County) for its active sustainability efforts before, during and after the festival. Between its educational components and its steadfast commitment to recycling, composting, etc., Borderland has been named a “Leave No Trace” festival.
- Free water station for all guests with water bottles
- No plastic is sold on-site, including vendors
- Branded steel mugs are given to VIPs and are available for purchase
- Festival is committed to waste diversion, composting as much trash as possible after the weekend
Whether it’s the music, the setting, or the environmental charge, there are plenty of reasons to attend this year’s Borderland Festival.
Two-Day General Admission tickets are on sale for $149. There are also 2-Day & 3-Day VIP tickets available. The 3-Day Trailblazer VIP Ticket includes a Friday Night reception at the Knox Mansion, featuring live music from Borderland artists, culinary experience, and a cash bar featuring local craft beer and spirits. Kids 10 and under are free with a parent or guardian. Borderland Festival will continue to follow all New York State and Erie County COVID updates. Gates open at 11am each day.
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