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Philly Music Fest: A Virtual LIVEstream Festival

by Sep 9, 2020

Philly Music Fest Hosts a Live Virtual Stream

The Philly Music Fest will be going LIVE on September 24 and 25, 2020  – well, virtually.  That is the new normal, after all.  

But what sets this apart from other virtual festivals is that the bands will actually be performing LIVE at the Ardmore Music Hall.

The venue is fully set up with a cutting-edge, four-camera HD audio and streaming video capability, powered by to produce high-quality live streams.  The only pre-recorded sets will be in-between the live shows – to allow the venue to fully sanitize and reset the stage for the next live act. 

The Philly Music Fest is an annual festival that takes place over four nights at three independent Philadelphia music venues.  Every year, the lineup only features local acts and their 2020 festival will be following suit. 


Supporting Local Musicians 

The 2020 edition of Philly Music Fest is a shorter lineup than usual, but still features amazing local musicians and bands that represent the diversity of the Philadelphia music scene.

Enjoy rock, folk, hip hop, indie, jazz and funk!  The lineup includes Japanese Breakfast, The DistrictsMt. Joy, Arnetta Johnson and SUNNYLanghorne SlimClap Your Hands Say Yeah and emerging artists, Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium and Zeek Burse


“One of the most beautiful things about Philly Music Fest is the community coming together to celebrate our local music scene, while simultaneously raising money for the next generation of musicians in our city—we think of it as a cycle,” said Founder and Producer Greg Seltzer. “A streamed festival is far from perfect, but it will still showcase the live talent of our city’s many musicians while raising money for kids’ music charities and supporting local musicians.”

Proceeds Go To Support Local Musicians

With the full shut-down of live events across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many musicians have been struggling to make ends meet.  Unfortunately, music venues and events were the first to shut down and will be the last permitted to re-open.  The 2020 Philly Music Fest will be donating their proceeds to Philadelphia-based music education programs, as well as help fund another round of Philly Music Fest grants for local musicians struggling due to COVID-19.

If you would like to make a donation to the Philly Music Fest, a non-profit organization committed to supporting music education programs, local musicians and independent music venues, please visit their website:

Tune In To the Live Stream

Philly Music Fest’s livestream will be broadcasted live on WXPN, and the video of the performances will be available at NPR Music Live Sessions. The livestream can also be accessed through the Philly Music Fest website and Ardmore Music Hall’s website. 

The festival streams will be absolutely free, but viewers are strongly encouraged to donate to this non-profit organization

Last year, Philly Music Fest donated $40,000 to music education programs such as Rock to the Future, Girls Rock Philly, Settlement Music School, Musicopia, Live Connections, and Play on Philly. Earlier in 2020, Philly Music Fest established a Micro-Grant Program and deployed more than 330 micro-grants to artists struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“XPN has supported Philly Music Fest since it started,” said Bruce Warren of WXPN. “This year, in particular, the lineup is outstanding. Between air play support on XPN and with the support of our local music website, The Key, our commitment to showcasing incredible local music and working more closely with Greg allows us together to expand on showcasing Philly to a larger audience, and supporting musicians and organizations in our community.” 

For more details on how you can watch Philly Music Fest Livestream, visit



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