Over the past 15 years, Pickathon has honed itself into one of the country’s most idiosyncratic and celebrated music festivals. With a verdant farm and forest setting (putting the Happy in Happy Valley), it now offers an unbeatably eclectic musical lineup and all of the civilized things other festivals lack: space to camp and roam, good food, art and crannies to explore, family activies, and on and on. With a bump in ticket price this year, they reined in attendance even more, and the result was downright luxurious: almost always a spot to sit and great view lines to any show but the smaller stages.
But, of course, the focal point is the music. Whether seeing headliners like Feist and Andrew Bird get intimate on the Woods Stage or discovering new acts like the dance-inducing, sartorial gospel kings the Relatives, there were aural gems aplenty. Here were a few of our favorites.