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FM music scene hosts two three-day festivals in same weekend

Music lovers are faced with a rare dilemma this weekend, as two music festivals are being held concurrently March 29-31.

The New Direction Fest: The Ocho

In honor of the fallen all-ages venue, The New Direction, this regionally famous gathering is entering its eighth year.

The all-ages fest is packed with great music, hosting bands from as far away as Philadelphia for three days of music, headquartered out of The Aquarium in downtown Fargo.

The New Direction Fest offers an invaluable platform for DIY bands and a community for scene members.

The fest also has other events tied to it, including a vegan buffet catered by the former chef of the Greenhouse Cafe and a Punk Rock garage sale with shirts, cassettes and other goodies.

There is also a pre-fest concert with multiple local bands hosted at the Red Raven March 28.

The sale of three-day passes has officially ended, but there is still a chance at snagging one-day passes for $15. This can be done online by going to The New Direction Fest Facebook page and following the links.

Some tickets will also be available at the door the day of, but expect to line up early to ensure you get one.

Doors open at 5 p.m. each day.

Day 1

Tigers Jaw




Baltic to Boardwalk

Wild Amphora

Straight Line Arrival

Day 2


Closet Witch

Youth Fountain


In Lieu

Kipp G & Friends

The Knotties

Day 3

Jetty Bones

Infinite Me

Salt Creek




Pass the Flask

Book Your Own Fest

This two-day fest at the Red Raven is full of variety. Not only do you get to hear from regional musicians, there will also be comedians and artists of other kinds.

Book Your Own Fest is also an all-ages event, packing almost 30 acts into a mere two days.

Tickets are available for $10/day or $15/fest.

The schedule is as follows:

Day 1
5:00 Gadzooks
5:25 Mandita
5:55 Addi Osborne
6:20 Mikayla Jackson
6:45 Getting By
7:15 Cadence and the Wolf
7:45 With Iowa In Between
8:15 Plumslugger
8:40 Vanity Plate
9:10 Doggy
9:40 Products

Day 2
12:00 p.m. Jackie Kelsh
12:25 Shrug
1:00 Amped School of Music
1:40 Kayu Kayu Berak
2:10 Baby Eel
2:30 JD Provorse
2:40 Jan Syverson
3:00 A Cult Pity
3:30 Violence District
4:00 Nora Nygaard
4:30 Jessica Vines
5:30 The Electric Blankets
6:00 Witch Watch
6:30 Free Truman
7:00 Break Up Haircuts
7:30 Histrionic
8:00 Death Cow
8:30 Gully Boys

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