Vibes in the News

News coverage of the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival, and a word from festival organizers.

Electronic Dance Music and Jam Bands Tap the Same Fan Vibe

~ The Huffington Post

Wrapup: Gathering of the Vibes Ends On Happy Note

~ Hartford Courant

…wholly unique musical experiences for attendees from far and wide…Last year may have been good, but Hays and his crew have outdone themselves again for 2012.


What started as a humble celebration has evolved into one of the Northeast’s most eclectic and well-attended music festivals.

~ The Huffington Post

That kind of day, surrounded by all of those great musicians and the spirit of jamming and letting the music flow, you really have a good night.

~ Connecticut Post

This year, the School of Rock— teen performers from different regional branches of the popular performance school—played and ran instrument workshops.

~ ProSound News

“There are a lot of festivals out there,” Mr. Hays said, “but we truly are the only one remaining that keeps the torch of the Grateful Dead alive and burning strong…”

~ New York Times

The Gathering has grown into a multi-faceted fest that’s not just for hippies.

~ Rolling Stone Magazine

“If I could plan the perfect musical lineup I would have Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, the Rolling Stones, U2, and The Who,” Hays said. “Clearly that would be a dream lineup.”

~ Meriden Record-Journal

It should surprise no one that a festival called Gathering of the Vibes is a peaceful, jam-friendly event. Sixties rock nostalgia rage strong here.

~ New York Times

And for resident of Fairfield County and beyond, Hays’ love of song and craft alike brings joy to more than 20,000 people each summer. Since 1996, Hays, a Weston resident…


Phil Lesh at the Gathering of the Vibes fesitval last year planted the seed for ‘Firefighter Going Furthur.’

~ Westport News

Hays emphasized the importance of family. He said, ‘Number one is family. We had over 2,000 kids come with their parents last year. I think what stands out most is it’s a family affair.’

~ ABC News Radio

Any event that embraces the spirit of the Grateful Dead in the former home of P.T. Barnum has got my vote.

~ Elvis Costello (

Jane’s Addiction is a more unexpected Gathering of the Vibes headliner. The classic alt-rock band — which created and headlines the first Lollapalooza…

~ Relix, March 14, 2011

Everything from gospel to blues to straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. This year, we’re going to expand the perimeters.

~ Hartford Courant, March 14, 2011

Gathering of the Vibes continues its musical evolution and remains true to our roots with this year’s lineup.

~ Connecticut Post, March 14, 2011

You become family for those four days, surrounded by other families who seem to know the same thing — enjoy yourself, be good to each other, and the music never dies.

~ Aquarian Weekly, September 1, 2010

Anyone who might think Jamband culture has cooled off in recent times need only have attended the annual Gathering of the Vibes festival.

~ ProSound News, October 1, 2010

The diversity of the musical acts this weekend held everyone’s interests and closed out my festival season with good vibes.

~, August 17, 2010

The bill featured an array of like-minded, though stylistically different, performing acts.

~ Spin, August 3, 2010

Calling the festival crowd diverse is an understatement.

~ Connecticut Post, August 5, 2010

…adding Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Nas to this year’s Gathering of the Vibes bill couldn’t have made for a sweeter end to the four-day festival in Seaside Park this weekend.

~ MTV, August 2, 2010

Another successful Gathering of the Vibes

~ Hidden Track Blog, August 2, 2010

The 15th Gathering of the Vibes, perhaps the nations leading celebration of the culture…

~ New Haven Register, July 30, 2010

New Gathering of the Vibes 2014 Performance Videos Released

As we prepare to put tickets on sale for our 20th annual event year this “Tie Dye Friday”, Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival is happy to release hundreds of live performance videos from 2014. The mass release includes dozens of top artists’ performances spanning... read more

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