Frequently Asked Questions
+ When is the Savannah Stopover Music Festival?
For 2016, the dates are Thursday, March 10th through Saturday, March 12th.
+ What's the Festival all about?
We started the festival in 2011 as a way for bands traveling down I-95 en route to SXSW to stop and play a show in a cool, small Southern city known for it’s hospitality. From there, it kind of spread like wild fire. Our mission revolves around musical discovery, we want you to find your new favorite band. Be the first to hear what's next!
+ Are there any special events/concerts planned during Stopover 2016?
Yes, there are! We always have some special things planned for Savannah Stopover Music Festival. We are doing a big opening night event for our 6th Anniversary at Ships of the Sea, along with our annual band poster exhibition, our cool Secret Shows and other events. Stay tuned for more info.
+ Where in Savannah does the festival take place?
Savannah Stopover takes place in multiple venues across the Historic District in Downtown Savannah. All are in walking distance to each other. Our venues are small, cool and uniquely Savannah. The final list of confirmed venues will be announced in January 2016 along with a map,so stay tuned for that.
+ I’ve never heard of a lot of these bands. Who are they, and what kind of music is it?
We’ve scoured the globe for the hottest up and comers with a few of your favorites sprinkled in. It’s all about discovery. We have bands coming in from all over the nation (and globe!). It’s great fun! Listen to our playlist here to start getting into the bands.
We cut a wide swath when it comes to musical styles. Indie Rock, Pop, Dance, Folk, Hip Hop, Electronica, Blue Grass, Singer Songwriter, Country Rock, etc, etc. We guarantee you’ll see at least one glockenspiel and someone playing a saw. Oh yeah, and you’ll dance a lot.
+ How many bands get to play the festival?
It varies from year to year, but generally about 85 to 100 during the three day Festival.
+ Whats the best way to get around?
All are venues are in close proximity of each other. We encourage people to use their walking shoes but we know sometimes it's hard to get to your next show in time so we reccommend Savannah Pedicab. Flag one down, their all over town or call 912-232-7900.
+ When will you announce the full lineup and schedule?
First Wave lineup announcement is on November 17, 2015. The full lineup will be announced end of January, and the Festival Schedule will follow shortly after that.
+ What’s the deal with Tickets and Passes?
You’ve got options!
3-Day Festival Passes: $79 - Gets you into all shows at all venues for all three days. Weekend Pass:
2-Day Weekend Passes: $59 - Gets you into all shows at all venues on Friday and Saturday. Single-Day Pass: $34- Gets you access to all venues for one day on either 3/10, 3/11 or 3/12. VIP Passes: $125- Gets you access to everything, and much more!
If you’ve purchased your passes online or purchased a ticket at a Savannah Stopover event prior to the Festival. You will still need to redeem that ticket for a wristband and/or Festival badge. This can be done at the Savannah Stopover Festival HQ. Headquarters will be open from 3/7/16 until 3/12/16. Hours of operation will be announced prior to the Festival. Please keep this website and Savannah Stopover checked on Facebook for all the most current details! Please note, entrance to all shows is ‘space permitting’. Arrive early and be ready with Plan B. Hopping from venue to venue is what Stopover is all about (and remember you can take your drink with you!)
+ Can I buy tickets at the door? Can I get tickets to single events in advance?
We WILL NOT offer tickets at the door! You must have a 3-day, 2-day or 1-day pass to attend any show.
+ What if a venue is at capacity?
Most of our venues are small to mid-size so we reserve them for our pass holders. Our advice, arrive early to shows you really want to see and be ready with your picks for Plan B. Some of our best festival moments are catching a band we’d never heard of because we couldn’t get in to see the band we originally wanted.
+ Stopover is in March. What’s the weather like?
Average high is 71, but due to global weirding, it may be warmer. Spring in Savannah is just kicking off in early March. Typically you can expect days with nice afternoons, cool evenings. A great time all around.
+ Can I bring my dog?
Savannah is a dog friendly city, but our venues not so much due to city ordinances, unless you have a service dog.
+ You can drink in the streets in Savannah?
Yes, as long as you stay in the Historic District North of Gaston Street. All of our venues are located within this district. All drinks must be in a 16 oz opaque plastic cup. The door guy at all bars downtown will give you a cup as you walk out the door to experience your next band! And BTW, you better be 21, and be sure to have your state issued photo id with you in order to get into our 21 and over venues.
+ I just want to come to Savannah for the weekend and wing it. Will I be able to get into shows?
Pre-purchasing a 3-day, 2-day or Single-Day Pass is your best bet. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door, only pass holders can enter our venues. Most of our venues have a capacity of 300 or less and entrance is always ‘space permitting’.
+ Where should I stay?
We recommend the Thunderbird Inn due to it's proximity to the festival and it's affordable prices. If you are looking to "live like a local" and stay in a vacation rental we suggest our friends at Lucky Savannah. Check out our accommadations page for more options.
+ I’d like to become a sponsor.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to here what you're all about and how we can partner up for Stopover 2016!