The Manifestivus announces headliners, contest

P1016693-copy.jpg The Manifestivus , Vermont’s party of the summer, is just around the corner. Acclaimed by National Geographic.com as The Best Of This Year’s Summer Festivals “[The Manifestivus] manages to punch above its weight by attracting top international talent." And to celebrate, they’re giving away some amazing prizes: VIP backstage passes, vendor gift certificates, and meet-and-greets a few of this year’s headliners.

For two days and two nights, July 22-23, Cabot, VT will be rockin’ as 2,000 people dance to the music of some of the best bands in the country. This year’s featured bands include: Brett Dennen, the "forward thinking, groove-heavy" (Jambase) Toubab Krewe, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, “Latin Grammy Nominee” Locos Por Juana, The Infamous Krewe (Toubab Krewe + The Infamous Stringdusters), The London Souls, and Movement of the People – a Fela Kuti tribute ensemble.

The contests will begin on Thursday July 14th at 12:01am. The last contest will end Wednesday July 20th at 11:59pm. Throughout the week, various prizes will be given away. Follow Manifestivus on Facebook and Twitter for updates on how to win.

http://www.facebook.com/manifestivus  //   http://twitter.com/manifestivus

New this year at Manifestivus: a second stage with Vermont artists, a Magic Hat Beer Garden featuring Manifestivus-Ale. And a late-night Silent Disco with some of today’s hottest DJs.

The family-friendly event offers on-site camping, yoga and West African dance and drumming workshops. Vendors of authentic African and Ital food, as well as local arts and crafts round out the cultural experience. The site also boasts hiking trails, which wind through beaver ponds, marsh and woodland forest, and a large swimming pond. The 200+ children that attend the festival have an entire supervised area devoted to fun, games and culture.

Pre-Gate Tickets ($65) and Parking Upgrades ($50) are on sale at: http://manifestivus2011-contestpr.eventbrite.com Tickets are $75 at the gate.

Manifestivus was started in 2002 and is held on 93 acres of breathtaking land in Cabot, Vermont, six hours north of New York City and three hours from Boston or Montreal. Set on a gently rolling hillside meadow surrounded by forest, the timber stage creates an unforgettable vibe. "Festivus," as it’s been dubbed, was founded by Toubab Krewe bassist David Pransky and takes place on his family’s land. The Manifestivus is also managed by Carlo Rovetto of Positive Pie.

The Manifestivus will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to Toubab Krewe’s School House Krewe Project, which is raising funds for the construction of a music school in Bamako, Mali. www.instruments4africa.org

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