Glastonbury? It’s a mudbath. Bonnaroo? Been there, done that. Woodstock? Oh, that’s so 1969, darling. If you’re looking for the next big summer music festival, look no further than Butte, Montana, where the 71st National Folk Festival is taking place this weekend, July 10-12.
But what’s it got going for it? Well, for a start it’s gloriously, magically, wonderfully free, and we all know that free is the best price in an economy like this. For another thing, it sounds like an awful lot of fun: featuring everything from gospel to polka to bluegrass to klezmer to mariachi to western swing, the festival runs for three days on seven separate stages, meaning there’s always going to be something to watch.