The second annual Belfast Free Range Music Festival is set for Saturday, April 30. After the success of the festival’s first year, the organizing crew is looking forward to bringing an even better event to Belfast in 2011.

The 2010 inaugural festival featured 26 musicians and bands from as far away as Seattle and attracted festival attendees from all over the East Coast. Performers included Burlington’s Jazz Mandolin Project, with Phish’s Jon Fishman on drums; Providence’s Brown Bird, fresh off their European tour with The Low Anthem; Col Bruce and the Quark Alliance; Boston’s David Wax Museum, named one of 2010’s hottest bands by The Boston Globe; and a huge helping of Maine-based talent including Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Good Kids Sprouting Horns and Wes Hartley and the Traveling Trees, as well as Belfast’s own Class Machine, Uke of Spaces, Caethua, Luna Madidus, Travis Lloyd Band and many more. Performances took place at the American Legion Hall, the Colonial Theatre, Roots & Tendrils, Waterfall Arts, Åarhus Gallery and Belfast Free Library.

The 2011 festival will again feature an impressive lineup of veteran and emerging artists across multiple venues, with even more genres represented this time around. From morning until night, the Free Range Music Festival will once again fill the city of Belfast with a celebration of music — and the enjoyment of each other’s company — after a long winter of being cooped up.

Early bird passes will go on sale soon and the full festival lineup will be announced in March. For more information including this year’s sponsorship package, volunteer opportunities and highlights from the 2010 festival, visit For up-to-the-minute updates, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to