The Frendly Gathering: Don't Miss It This Year

Pack the cooler, grab some friends, and get ready for the best camping trip of the summer.The Frendly Gathering Music Festival presented by Burton returns to Timber Ridge, Vermont the weekend of June 28-29, 2013. Event organizers Jack Mitrani & Danny Davis of The Frends snowboard crew live by the motto, “There is no ‘I’ in Frends.” The Frendly Gathering originated as a way to bring frends from all over the world to one place to share their love for music, camping, and most of all frendship. From art to yoga, swimming to skateboarding, jam bands to DJs, the Frendly Gathering has evolved into Vermont’s premier three-day grassroots music festival. Last year, I got some last-minute tickets to the Frendly Gathering with my brother, girlfriend, and buddies. We arrived Friday afternoon and camped out under the stars and sun for the next two nights and three days. By Sunday, I was exhausted and after a hot cup of coffee we packed up the camp and made our way down Timber Ridge in  mud-stained shoes and beer-stained tees. We had just spent three days listening to bands we loved and bands we had never heard of, and by the time we said goodbye to everyone, I knew it was just the first of many Frendly Gatherings I’d be attending.

If you’re into live music and the outdoors, I can’t think of a better weekend camping trip ... the Gathering takes place in one of the most picturesque settings in Vermont. The three stages offer a variety of music with ticket prices that are affordable for just about anyone, $95/2-days and $65/1-day. On top of that you can pack your own food, grill, and drinks with a one-of-a-kind BYOB policy that will make everyone smile.

Listen to some of the talent coming to this year’s Frendly Gathering on our Spotify Playlist below.They’re some of the best bands you’ve never heard of.

2013 Frendly Gathering Line Up:Beats Antique - Keller Williams -Rubblebucket - Paper Diamond - Conspirator - Assembly of Dust - Tea Leaf Green - Twiddle x2 - Toubab Krewe x2 -Pierce Fulton - Delicate Steve - Lynx - DJ Equal - Lucid - Jatoba - Aqueous - Jack & the Bear - Chris Kasper - Gold Town - Tall Grass Get Down...

What else is there to do? You can skateboard on the mini-ramp, go for a swim in the pond, hike Timber Ridge, play some disc golf, cornhole, meditate, yoga, make art, listen to music, and mingle with your frendly neighbors.

What kind of clothing and gear should I pack? Headlamp or flashlight, bug spray, sunblock, tent, hiking boots, flip-flops, swim shorts, towel, sleeping bag, blanket, hoodie, sunglasses, a camera, cards, hackie sack, and a rain jacket and hat just in case.

How is the camping set up? The festival is located on Timber Ridge, and camping spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keep in mind you won’t be able to pull up to your camp spot since all of the parking is a short drive from nearby Magic Mountain. So whatever you plan on bringing to The Frendly Gathering, you’ll need to be able to carry on your own back. *You’ll need to carry all of your gear on the bus, up the hill, through the woods, and to Timber Ridge we go.

What about RV Parking? There is limited RV parking (for an additional $150 fee); this is located at Timber Ridge just below the Main Stage and swimming pond.

What about food and drinks? BYOB, so bring your own drinks, plus you’re allowed to pack your own cooler with food and a small camping grill. If you don’t feel like cooking you can find a bunch of great local food vendors. *Make sure you stock up on everything you’ll need before you get to Timber Ridge, we couldn’t find a single Verdega (Vermont-Bodega) to buy beer or ice for miles.

Wi-Fi Access? Supposedly there’s limited Wi-Fi access, but we’d recommend taking two days to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the real world. I know it’s scary, but I promise you’ll be so happy you did.

Want to say hi? Look for us at the Good Vibes Ink Volkswagen van in the RV Camping Lot below the main stage between sets.


Shout out: Huge thanks to Jessica Trovato for putting together the killer Spotify playlist.

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[Words + Photos by Randy Elles]