No Need To Pack The Wellies For New York State’s Top 5 Festivals

Thinking of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York State’s amazing line up of the biggest and best music festivals. Make like a New Yorker and discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattans’ hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life…..

•Jazz Lovers will adore the Syracuse Jazz Festival (4 July – 6 July). Multi-award winning, it’s the largest free jazz festival in the north-east of America, and only a 5 hour road trip from JFK airport. Offering a huge variety of artists over three days, its big draw headliners are Kenny G & Donovan. Combine it with a stopover at the beautiful Oneida Lake just north of the town for a chilled out post-festie retreat.

•Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (18 July – 21 July) offers something rather different in the scenic Finger Lakes region. Originally starting out in life as a benefit to raise money for a local AIDS charity, it has grown so much it now showcases over 60 bands, playing over 4 stages. Expect diverse world music, arts, dancing, and a genuinely chilled-out quirky vibe. Discover something you have never seen or heard before – fancy dress optional!

•Billed as one of the most exciting festivals in the world, the International Celtic Festival (17 August – 18 August) features all of the best from the Emerald Isle crammed into one St Paddy’s style weekend. Situated in Hunter Mountain, a long time favourite music venue in Green County; expect world-class Irish and American bands and plenty of that famous Irish craic’.

•Moe.Down Festival (9 August – 11 August) is into its 14th year and it’s bigger than ever. Located at the picturesque Snow Ridge Ski Resort in upstate New York only 4 hours from the City, and hosted by the band Moe; it’s a bouncy mix of jam music and good old fashioned family fun typical of an all American ho-down.

Don’t get caught out by an English downpour at a festie this summer! Leave your wellies at home, soak up some sunshine and enjoy a genuine all American festival. America As You Like It offer a seven night holiday to New York State from £1099 per person, based on two people travelling including return flights and seven night’s accommodation with car hire. Go to the ‘America as you like it’ website or call 0208 742 8299 to book or visit