7 DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC EVENTS, PANELS,
INDUSTRY THINK TANKS AND MORE
RIFF is known for placing a heavy focus on music each year. New in 2017, the festival will expand its annual music showcase to include local, national and international bands who will perform at various venues around RVA. Festival week will include more than 50 music performances, industry networking events, panels, music business roundtable discussions, industry mixers, and more. On top of providing great entertainment from some of the music industry’s hottest talent, RIFF utilizes this area as a platform for filmmakers and musicians to forge new working relationships. Top awards will be given out across a variety of music categories during the annual red carpet awards. Purchasing advanced tickets is highly encouraged as 2017 shows are expected to sale out early.
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KICKING OFF THE 2017 MUSIC FEST IS THE TRAP MUSIC ORCHESTRA
Some frequently asked questions on how to make the most of the RIFF Music Fest:
What ticket options are available?
* The Festival Flex Music Pass: a VIP Full Access Pass to all music events; The Festival Flext Platinum Pass: a VIP Full Access Pass to all RIFF event including music and film; The Five Ticket Package which includes five general screening music events of your choice; A One Day Pass which includes entry into all music events of your choice on a single day; or an Individual Ticket to any one show.
How do I purchase tickets?
Advanced tickets can be purchased online through RIFF's ticketing system, Elevent. You will be able to search and browse the music line up plus view the official music and film guide from there and then purchase directly online. Any tickets left will be sold at the door on the day of at a higher ticket price. We strongly suggest purchasing tickets early once they go on sale Feb 1 as performances are expected to sell out.
What types of music are in this year's line-up?
The festival includes over 50 bands this year from RVA, and across the country along with a handful of international acts. A large variety of music genres will be represented in the line-up.
Where are the music venues located?
In the following areas of Richmond, which are all within 2 miles of each other: Sound of Music (Scott's Addition area, which is in walking distance to the Bow Tie Cinemas); The Hofheimer Building (also in Scott's Addition area); Strange Matter (in the VCU area); and the Broadberry and the Camel are both located on Broad Street. See the Fest It! page for addresses and the local area guide.
What awards are given?
A variety of awards will be given to music such as the Critics Choice Award; Emerging Artist Award; Audience Choice Award, Best in Genre Awards; Best Local Favorite, and more. This will be awarded at the Sunday night Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Byrd Theatre. The public is also invited to attend. The red carpet opens at 6pm and the ceremony begins at 7pm. Live music performances along with film awards are also a part of the event.
How can I follow the musicians and purchase their music?
In mid-February be on the lookout for a RIFF playlist via Spotify. From there, you can follow the musicians and purchase their music directly. We also encourage connecting with them via social media, and will have more information available for the public on how they can do this.
2017 MUSIC PERFORMERS
THE TRAP MUSIC ORCHESTRA
CUTTY KEV GTK
ACE OF SPADES
BETTE STUY AND THE BROOKLYNITES
BETTE STUY & THE BROOKLYNITES
RODNEY THE SOUL SINGER
JUST B. POLO
SMOOTHE DA HUSTLER
TRIGGER THE GAMBLER
BELLE OF THE FALL
THE LIZ NORDSTROM BAND
THE MASON PACE BAND
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2017 RIFF MUSIC FEST VENUES: