At the start of next year, the 12th annual Gem & Jam Festival will take over the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona. The festival—which falls across January 25th through 28th, 2018—is moving into its second year at this new venue and is quickly rising the ranks of must-attend winter festivals. Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam free of noise ordinances that allows on-site late night sets to run until 5 am. Despite its desert terrain, the festival also boasts grass fields and fully functional bathrooms in addition to port-a-potties. This year, the multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options—including onsite RV camping with hookups, boutique camping, and car and walk-in camping—and expanding its festival experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors, and much more.
Today, Gem & Jam Festival announced its phase two additions to its 2018 lineup, including Big Wild, Papadosio, SunSquabi, Head For The Hills, Earthcry (of Papadosio), Dynohunter, Templo, Lapa (of Emancipator), Smash & Grab, Little John, Minions of the Moon, Bird Foot, Tony Inorbit, The Party People, Soul Catalyst, and Dead Set. These acts will join Gem & Jam’s first wave of artists that were announced back in August, which included two nights of STS9 and two nights of Lettuce in addition to sets by Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Emancipator, and [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, which features members of the Disco Biscuits and Break Science. At the time, Gem & Jam also announced performances by Thriftworks, Masego, Random Rab, Michael Menert, John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing, Govinda, Jade Cicada, Maddy O’Neal, and more. You can head over to the festival’s website for the complete lineup and to snag tickets.
[Photo: Patrick Hughes]
See the complete lineup below: