Information for Confirmed Acts
When you arrive at the festival we recommend you check in at the main entrance tent. This is where the merchandise is, the middle entrance by the Community Art Zone. Here, you can get your complimentary food and drink tickets, and talk with one of our artist-greeters if you have questions. Then proceed to your stage. We don’t really care if you go to your stage first, just know that your sound engineer is not responsible for your drink tickets!
The Roots Fest is as much about getting off stage as it is getting on, and melting faces during your set. We want you to kill it, and we want you to want every band to have the same opportunity. 120 bands in 2.5 days is the result of a festival which has undergone more than a decade of ups and downs. A seasoned culture initiates and educates both incoming bands and Revivalists. About two-thirds of the acts (and patrons of the event) are returning. They know how it works, and they set the tone for how the event flows.
Look to these key players and the sound engineers for guidance. The Roots Sound Crew is the most important part of our program. Without them, the Revival will not work; and so, to them we lay down our axes, and hold up our goblets! It is they who have the final say.
With the exception of some of the first acts of each day, and some who are scheduled to perform on the Music Makers stage, there are no sound-checks at Roots. This is because an act will be playing on an adjacent stage while your group is setting up. Line-checks are ok, to make sure you have signal and tone, but please don’t let your warm-ups bleed over into another band’s performance. As soon as the neighboring stage plays their last note, your band can kick it in. Roots’ sound crew will check you, on the fly, during your first song.
As you near the end of your set, please be conscious that a band is about to kick it in, just like you did, on a stage nearby. Please finish your set three to five minutes early. If you should happen to go over your set-time, our engineers will shut you down to honor the other act’s slot.