After going virtual in 2020 due to COVID, Philadelphia, PA's Philly Music Fest has announced its in-person return for 2021, happening on October 6-10, 2021 at various venues, including World Café Live, Johnny Brenda’s, Milkboy, REC Philly and Ardmore Music Hall. "Look, last year was tough, but we innovated and donated over $100,000 to musicians, venue staff and music education, through our virtual festival and micro-grant campaign," founder and curator Greg Seltzer says. "We’re super proud of that, but getting back into venues and having our community safely gather together in-person - the excitement is incredible and we’ve worked hard to ensure that our 2021 lineup matches the enthusiasm."
The Menzingers, Hop Along, Alex G, Spirit of the Beehive, Control Top, Queen of Jeans, Moor Mother, Son Little, Irreversible Entanglements, and Moor Jewelry are among the artists scheduled to perform, and in addition to live music there are two "bolt-on" events. One, PMF’s Tech Tour, happens on Thursday, October 7 at Guru Technologies in Center City. It's free and open to the public, and will feature "panel discussions on startup, venture capital and tech topics, along with a diverse array of bands playing before, after and in-between the panel discussions." The second, Inside Hustle, happens at World Cafe Live on Saturday, October 9, and is "a series of panel discussions featuring music industry professionals that conveys content regarding the business and industry of music in Philadelphia."