August 15-18, 2013
Scranton, PA: Pennsylvania has become one of my favorite states to see a festival! Just be sure you buy beer before you come in, its not the easiest to find because you can’t get it from gas stations.
Montage Mountain: It’s a ski mountain, so there are of course some hills and the camping is along the trails. But then its also a water park, complete with a wave pool and a bunch of slides and tube rides. And finally is it a full music venue normally, complete with an amphitheater. How can it get any better than that?!
Not a too pricey considering all of the big names, although you also had to buy a camping pass and a car parking pass, and if you wanted to actually see the big late nights you needed reserved seating as well.
- Price level 1: $99
- Price level 2: $125
- Price level 3: $150
- Gate price: $175
- Reserved seating: $250
- VIP: $500 plus fees
- Camping pass (advance): $35
- Camping pass (at gate): $40
- Car parking: $30 if one person, $20 if 2 people, $10 if 3 or more! Yay carpooling!
- Friday only: $75
- Saturday only: $75
- Sunday only: $50
**Prices do not include fees, which were about $20 for the 4-day pass
Camping is along ski trails, which is pretty awesome once you get over the hills! There is plenty of tree line if that is where you want to be (I know I always do, free shade and hammock hangers!). It is tent camping only, which I love because it brings you much closer to your neighbors and is far less dangerous than having cars everywhere. Your car actually isn’t even that far away, just about a 5 minute walk. And if you need help carrying in your stuff they have hay bail wagons circling all the time to assist you. It was actually a really great system! They also had options including family camping and RV camping.
Peach provides you with lots of options for planes, bus, or car. If traveling by car, note that it is mostly a tent only camping festival, and they strongly encourage carpooling.
Security was really laid back for the most part around the festival. On the way in I was told there would be a car and a bag search on your way in, but I had neither. My bag was finally searched for the first time on Friday on my way into the main stage , which is actually a separately run amphitheater. I did notice some people get out of control, and some police were around in full force at the main stage. Inside the main stage, it was much more a concert feel than a festival feel, but once you escaped back to the Mushroom stage it was laid back again.
I met tons of amazing people at Peach! It was very interesting to go to a festival with just as many day people as camping people, and I feel as though you lost some of the festival feel with that. Majority of the people I met there were from New Jersey or Pennsylvania. I also heard about some instances with stealing and some people getting out of control, which is disappointing to me. I love the community feeling at festivals, the one that makes you feel safe and loved by all. Although most people were great at Peach, something was certaintly missing.
The weather was PERFECT! It never got too hot except maybe if you were sitting in the sun. It was sunny and gorgeous all weekend long until Sunday. It got a little chilly at night, but if you remembered some layers you were totally fine!
HANDLING OF THE WEATHER:
Luckily for Peach there was not much to handle. The weather was fabulous. If you felt hot, there was a whole water park to cool off in!
**I heard that last year at Peach it rained a bunch and as a result was a muddy mess! I can just imagine with the hills! Thank you weather for not doing that to me again!
Everyone was incredible! Cabinet and Railroad Earth were a couple of my favs!
The Allman Brothers crushed it on the last night, Grace Potter performed a heartbreaking Dear Prudence with Bob Weir & Ratdog, and Gov’t Mule was incredible as always!
LATE NIGHT SHOWS:
Lotus!!!!!!! Need I say more?!
There were 3 stages at the Peach.
- Peach Stage: The main stage was more of a concert venue amphitheater than what you might typically see at a festival. There was a large seated area in the front and a large lawn in the back. I hardly moved from the lawn. The front was reserved seating during the big shows, meant for VIP and box seating. I really dislike it when VIP gets special seating that takes away from the die hard fan. I was way in the back on the lawn most of the time, and could just about hardly see unless the TV screens were running, which was only during the Bob Weir & Ratdog and The Allman Brothers. There were 3 screens at the main stage, one on the stage, and one on either side of the lawn. I don’t believe they were utilized as well as they could have been. The sound also could have been better on the lawn.
Mushroom Stage: I loved the mushroom stage! It had a large area perfect to dance in the front, with a giant wave pool to the right! The lawn was surrounded by the water park, and the hill sloped perfectly so you could see from anywhere! The sound was great, and there was much more of a festival feel at the stage than at the main stage.
Grove Stage: An awesome grassroots stage with some seriously heady bands!
The festival is at a water park! I mean HELLO!!! Water slides, and a giant wave pool – what more could you want?! Let’s not forget the great music, tall gorgeous trees, beautiful sunsets, and some great LED hoopers!
NOMS! Plenty of choices for every craving!
Artists, clothing and so much more! Bring some extra money!
Peach had yoga classes every day!
HELP THE ENVIRONMENT:
LiveNation needs to get it together a bit here – recycling was difficult to find, and there was only one free water station, which always therefore had an absurdly long line! They were basically trying to force you to pay for water, which creates more plastic, which is wasteful!