AthFest announces the programming for September 2021 | Arts & Culture
On Thursday, AthFest Educates announced the full lineup for the AthFest 2021 music and art festival.
From September 24-26 in downtown Athens, the free festival is open to all ages and will feature an artists’ market, beer gardens, food and retail vendors, and a KidsFest stage with performances by and for young people.
This year’s production will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival, which raises funds for the nonprofit AthFest Educates. The proceeds are used to support the music and arts education of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Athens.
The lineup features a variety of local and regional musicians, including Hotel Fiction and Kxng Blanco on September 24, Cloudland and Andrew Blooms on September 25, and Annie Leeth and The Arcs on September 26. Over 55 bands have been announced in the lineup, ranging from indie to rock to rap.
AthFest Music President Troy Aubrey expressed his enthusiasm for working with local musicians and promoters Drew Beskin and Montu Miller to bring together this year’s collection of musicians.
“[The lineup] not only showcases what’s new and what’s happening in the current creative scene, but also celebrates the rich musical history of Athens, including the reunions of some classical Athens bands, ”Aubrey said in a statement July press release. “We’ll have slightly shorter sets this year so we can feature as many artists from Athens as possible, with a bunch of awesome acts packed from start to finish.”
The music scene will even include a space for the younger generations of Athens creatives with the UpNext showcase. Taking place on the KidsFest stage on the night of September 24, the showcase will feature middle-aged and high-school artists. For the rest of the weekend, KidsFest will host youth-friendly performers with art and music-related activities.
All food vendors will showcase the talents of local restaurants. In addition, a block of AthFest will be dedicated to the artists market where visual artists can promote their products.
The full program of acts can be viewed on the AthFest website. The three-day event will bring more attention to Athens’ deep creative roots while bringing the community together to enjoy their favorite local musicians, artists and restaurants.
“We are very grateful to all of the bands who have reached out to play for us,” Aubrey said in the press release. “We are delighted to have so many great artists on our stages and representing the legendary Athens music scene.”