The NINES is a boutique multi-arts, multi-stage festival located 35 miles west of Boston on the bucolic athletic grounds of Willard Field in Devens, Mass.
The all ages, all day festival presents a diverse lineup of nationally touring and emerging musical performers with no overlapping sets, and showcases the works of established and emerging visual artists with art installations, exhibits, interactive art projects, and unique crafts.
A mix of the regions best emerging and established comedians will take up residence under the “Stitch” comedy tent, curated by Harvard Square’s The Comedy Studio and hosted by the Comedy Studio’s impresario Rick Jenkins.
- Parking lots open at 11:00am
- Gates open at Noon
- Music starts at 1:00pm
- Music will end at 11:00pm
The NINES festival is co-produced and presented by 3Rivers Arts and Great Northeast Productions, Inc.
3Rivers Arts is a 501(c)3 regional arts organization focused on bringing more art and cultural opportunities to communities in the Nashua, Nissitissit and Squannacook River watersheds. Our mission is to provide quality arts education and events, support local artists, and spur the creative economy to enrich community life. 3RA has programs that promote artists and the creative arts throughout the region.
1. Community Arts Engagement Programs (Education and Events): diverse programs that provide a rich array of opportunities for learning and self-expression; reaching out to the region with our events, and building creative partnerships.
2. Artists Collaborative: Providing local artists with many and varied opportunities for their work to be seen and heard.
3. Creative Economy Initiative: Embracing the creative sector as a vibrant, economic engine for the region.
Great Northeast Productions, Inc. [GNP] specializes in the production, site coordination, promotion and presentation of mass gatherings and special events. The company’s most recognizable productions are Phish’s multi-day, multi-arts festivals presented between 1996 and 2004, all of which were among the most attended events in North America during that period. GNP is generally acknowledged as an industry innovator in this field, reinventing the outdoor concert/camping experience and credited with having created the blueprint for many of the popular outdoor music festivals today.
Other significant festivals and events include the James Taylor-Carly Simon reunion concert on Martha’s Vineyard; “Sugarbush SummerStage” in Vermont; the “Great Northeast Arts & Energy Festival” series; “Pier Revue” in Maine; and “Snoe.down Winter Music Festival” in New York and Vermont.
In 1999 GNP produced the largest paid event in the world in celebration of the millennium as over eighty thousand Phish fans converged at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the heart of the Florida Everglades for a four-day music and arts festival.
The Massachusetts based company founded in 1984 also presents a diverse range of select live performances throughout the Northeast; identifies and develops unique alternative festival sites; furnishes logistic support, event management, staffing and consulting services to clients for large public assemblies. The company provides catering, concessions management and production support through its subsidiary, GNP Field Services.