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The Briggs Farm Blues Festival is the largest three-day gathering of blues fans in Pennsylvania, scheduled for July 9-11, 2020. Photo provided

While some might be dusting off the ski and snowboard equipment for another season in the snow, others are flipping the calendar ahead to the warmer days of summer, the summer season of festivals. 

Nationally recognized and the largest three-day gathering of blues fans in Pennsylvania, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival has announced their summer dates. The festival is scheduled for July 9-11, 2020 on the Briggs’ 250-year-old family farm in Nescopeck, Luzerne County, Pa., just a few miles off Interstate 80.

The Briggs Farm Blues Festival has made some changes for its 2020 audience by offering a few festival enhancements, including:

  • A new and bigger main stage, providing better visibility for the audience

  • 32 additional premium reserve camping sites encircling the audience field that offer a bird’s-eye view of the main stage

  • 40 new regular reserve campsites. All camping reserve packages offer the choice of sites and ability to reserve ahead of time, an alternate campground entrance, and a waste removal option

  • Relocation of the back porch stage to make it more convenient for fan access to vendors and the food court

The fan-popular open camping in the woods also is still offered.

“We’ve listened to our dedicated festival attendees, and we’ve made improvements in response to what they have requested,” said Alison Briggs, who along with her husband, Richard, and three generations of family members run the festival.

“All changes were made to enhance the blues fans’ experience,” Briggs added. “We put on a festival that keeps getting bigger and better.”

General admission tickets and camping reservations can be purchased on the festival website, briggsfarm.com, on Facebook, or by calling 570-379-3342. 

Briggs’ main stage and eclectic back porch stage feature international, national, and regional bands performing electric blues, delta-style blues, Americana roots music, soul, and funk. 

In 2019 more than 8,500 fans visited the 240-year-old Briggs Farm to see 21 blues acts hit the two stages. The full lineup for the 2020 festival will be announced in early spring, but fans can catch the roll-out in real time by following Briggs Farm Blues Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

“We are putting together a lineup of artists for 2020 that will entertain audiences for the entire festival,’’ said Richard Briggs. “Our festival has been recognized by national blues organizations, which is something of which we are really proud.”

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