Madison gets its freak on

October 23, 2017 by  

For the 12th year, the City of Madison will be presenting the region’s largest music festival and Halloween party – Freakfest – with no fewer than 15 bands playing.

Bands that will be performing on the Mountain Dew Capitol Stage will be Dram, Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars, Kweku Collins, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. DJay Mando will be performing a set by himself and entertaining the audience between bands.

The stage at Steve Brown Apartments on Gilman Street will be featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Birds Eye, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, The Main Squeeze, and Mutemath.

The Ian’s Pizza Stage on Frances Street will be the location for Mr. Martin & the Sensitive Guys, Nester, The Begowatts, Greenhaus and Twelves.

The festival itself will not have any food or beverages sales, but guests are encouraged to patronize the local restaurants and other businesses.

A small admission fee of $10 will be accessed to cover the 100 private security staff members that work with the Madison Police department to keep the site safe. It also goes to the city and fire operations, and to help the festival bring in top music talent.

Freakfest will run from 7:00 pm this Saturday, October 28 through Sunday, October 29 and end at 1:30 am on State Street in downtown Madison. Poster printing has been done over the years to promote the party, and many examples of this can be found on the festival’s website.