By: FRITZ MAYER
BETHEL, NY — Mountain Jam, a music festival that has been held on Hunter Mountain for the past 14 years, is moving to Sullivan County’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The event is scheduled for June 13 to 16, and on February 8 tickets became available online for $395 to $497 for the event.
The acts being advertised include Willie Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dispatch and Alison Krauss & Union Station. Some 50 bands will be performing on three stages.
There will be camping at the Bethel Woods facility. “There are Glamping and RV options as well as nearby hotels and airbnbs,” according to the official website. It also notes that the Museum at Bethel Woods will be available to attendees free of charge.
Speaking at a meeting of the Sullivan County Public Safety Committee on February 7, John Hauschild, the Sullivan County fire coordinator, said the camping will take place on the paved parking area, and two of the grass lots. There are also more expensive travel packages for facilities such as Resorts World Casino and Best Western Monticello.
Mountain Jam founder Gary Chetkof told Hudson Valley 360 that the time was right for a move to Bethel Woods. “We thought holding the festival at Bethel on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock was a good time and place for the festival to have a fresh look and fresh feeling. Mountain Jam came out of the Woodstock era and this will be the first rock-and-roll camping festival in Bethel since 1969.”
Bethel Woods will mount a Woodstock 50th Anniversary event in August, but there will not be over-night camping at the venue during that event.