If recently-announced New York festival lineups are bumming you out (Robert Plant should never be listed below Miley Cyrus in any scenario; WTF Woodstock…WTF…), we’ve got a backup plan you should know about. Sometimes you’ve got to ditch this crowded apple and find a multi-day treat out of state that’s really worth the effort. This year, we’re seriously in luck, because there’s a music, art, comedy, food & drink festival going down in Vermont – that glorious land where the air smells like pine and the roads are basically paved with fresh maple – that is jam-packed with great musical choices that fit together nicely. With headliners we love like New England experimental/art pop duo tUnE-yArDs, Chicago rockers Twin Peaks, and NY rockers Sunflower Bean, we can’t wait to make our way over to Waking Windows in the small town of Winooski, Vermont, on May 3-5th.

Waking Windows


North of Burlington, where it’s easy to find nice hotels (and did we mention fresh maple?), Winooski is just an 8-minute drive away and a picturesque place for a music festival. The festivities will span 16 venues around Downtown Winooski, as well as an outdoor main stage, essentially taking over the whole town – from Autumn Records to Landry Park to Four Quarters Brewing to Winooski United Methodist Church and other local hubs – which is sure to create a cool atmosphere worth road-tripping out for. The rock & alt-heavy lineup has a lot of nice synergies, with acts we’re looking forward to catching live again like Chicago rock outfit Post Animal, Brooklyn rapper Miss Eaves, and fellow Brooklynites, garage punk band Sharkmuffin, plus dozens of up-and-comers with whom we can’t wait to get better acquainted. Some other names at the top of the bill fans will be excited to see are L.A. electronic/jazz-funk duo KNOWER, indie singer-songwriter Caroline Rose, and Brooklyn indie rocker Mirah.

Tune-Yards in Brooklyn

Twin Peaks at Bonnaroo

Sunflower Bean in Manhattan

Post Animal in Brooklyn

Sharkmuffin at our 3rd Anniversary Party

Miss Eaves in Brooklyn


Since it now costs a small fortune to attend most New York music festivals (drinks and food can really add up too), we have to mention that all this Vermont-based badassery is extremely well-priced. 3-day festival tickets for Winooski’s Waking Windows are available here for just $70, so we hope you’ll be there rocking (and rebelling) with us on May 3-5th. In case you’re not caught up on the headliners’ latest music, check out our review of tUnE-yArDs’ superbly catchy and emotive new album, I can feel you creep into my private life.


Article: Olivia Isenhart

Photos: Shayne Hanley


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