AthFest has announced its 2016 outdoor stage headliners, as well as the featured artists for its annual compilation CD.
The outdoor stage headliners for this year’s fest, taking place June 24th through 26th in downtown Athens, will be Family & Friends on Friday Night, Arrested Development (pictured) on Saturday night, and Kishi Bashi on Sunday. The full schedule for the outdoor stages, as well as the club shows, will be revealed in the coming months.
This year the AthFest compilation album will a special double-CD set, with one disc of mostly unreleased new songs from Athens bands, and a bonus disc featuring a “best of AthFest” assortment of tracks from established Athens acts and previous festival compilations. The 19 cuts on disc one include songs from Grassland String Band, The Orange Constant, Purses, Big Morgan, Dream Culture, Summer Sonics, DANK, T.S. Woodward, Grant Cowan, Russell Vandiver, Grand, Wieuca, Kayla Berrie, Blanks & Postage, The Welcome Home, Tarnation, Monkier, The ArchAngel, Son & Thief and Walden. The bonus disc, meanwhile, will feature material from The Whigs, Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers and more. Official release date is June 21st, but there’s an advance CD release event happening May 5th at the 40 Watt Club featuring sets from Walden, Dream Culture and The Orange Constant.