Avett Brothers to headline 2016 Azalea Fest

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North Carolina's own The Avett Brothers will play their third Azalea Fest in April. Courtesy image.
North Carolina’s own The Avett Brothers will play their third Azalea Fest in April. Courtesy image.

North Carolina darlings The Avett Brothers are returning to the N.C. Azalea Festival.

Organizers announced today that the popular indie folk outfit would be hitting the festival stage for the third time during the 2016 event, set for April 6-10 downtown and across the Port City.

The Avett Brothers will perform on the Belk Main Stage–the site for headlining musical artists at 411 N. Front St.–on Thursday, April 7.

“The Avett Brothers have recently become a tradition for us here in Wilmington. They are Carolina musicians who perform a great show for the whole family,” festival president Robby Collins said. “Wilmington loves The Avett Brothers, and having them join us is another way the festival promotes the celebration of the talent and culture of our region.”

The quartet was a big draw to the 2013 Azalea Festival, becoming the first act to play the outdoor venue at Cape Fear Community College. The Avett Brothers also played during the 2011 festivities on the campus of UNC-Wilmington.

But the band has a long history in Wilmington, going back nearly two decades when it first started playing live gigs in town before achieving national notoriety with their debut release “I and Love and You.” The Avett Brothers have gone on to record eight studio albums, most recently “Magpie and the Dandelion.”

Tickets to the Azalea Fest show are $55 and go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 on the N.C. Azalea Festival website. Tickets can be purchased at the North Azalea Festival ticket office, 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B-7, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Doors to the standing-room only show will open at 5 p.m. and the concert gets underway at 7. This is a rain-or-shine event; no ticket refunds will be granted.

Click here for more information about the concert or the upcoming 69th annual N.C. Azalea Festival.