Cortland's Seedstock Music Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

Seedstock 2016 (Cortland Voice file photo)

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The 10th annual Seedstock Festival of Music and Art returns to Cortland this weekend, featuring 27 performers appearing on two stages in a picturesque, rural landscape to ring in the first weekend in August.

The festival kicks off Friday, August 3, at Reed’s Seeds farm in Cortland. Popular central New York bands like Sophistafunk, Root Shock, and The Blind Spots are slated to perform, along with local acts like Digger Jones, Quona Hudson, Rachel Beverly, and The Unknown Woodsmen.

Related: Photo gallery of 2016 Seedstock music festival 

The idea for Seedstock was first born in the winter of 2008, when a group of friends set out to host a one-day party where some of the area’s musical acts could play for family and friends. The first festival was held in September of 2009, and more than 300 people attended.

Since then, the festival has expanded into a 3-day event with over 1,000 annual attendees and two nights of camping, a late-night silent disco, and artisan vendors.

Seedstock is located at 3336 State Route 215 in the hills overlooking Cortland on an expanse of property that has been farmed by the Reed family for over 200 years. The adjacent land is now managed by Main Street Farms, a local, organic vegetable farm.