Boise's Treefort Books Bands With A Focus On Audience Experience

Feb 12, 2016

More than 440 bands will play this year’s Treefort Music Fest. Despite that huge number – which will be the most so far in the event’s five-year existence – festival director Eric Gilbert says the tough part of booking those artists was having to say “no” to many others.

Bands in the latest announcement include the French-based duo CocoRosie, and Treefort veterans YACHT. If you haven’t heard of either of those groups – you probably aren’t alone. Gilbert says the festival puts more of a focus on bands that can give live audiences a memorable experience over booking the most well-known headliners on tour each year.

“It’s hard to really tell what a band – how that performance is going to be," says Gilbert. "But I think in general, bands that are hungrier for that opportunity are just going to take it to another level.”

Gilbert says one of the new things this year is a focus on Latin and folk music, which will happen at Boise’s Basque Center. He says expanding in communities like this will get more people interested in Treefort – beyond the event's core base of fans.

The festival is set for March 23-27, and ticket prices will increase to $179 on March 1.

Check out bands CocoRosie and YACHT, two of 400+ bands that will play Treefort this year.

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