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Greenville chosen to host festival featuring a phone-free environment

May 25, 2022 12:25 am

Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the town of Greenville will next month host the first weekend-long festival organized by the Yondr Company, The group launched in 2014 with the intention of providing phone-free environments at concerts and comedy shows. The Greenville event will take place from June 24 through 26 on private farmland Route 81, and bring 15 musical acts and up to 400 music fans to the area. All fans will have their phones secured in Yondr pouches throughout the weekend, allowing concertgoers to hold onto their devices but unable to access their phones except in designated smartphone areas. Yondr founder and CEO Graham Dugoni said a company team-building trip to Rensselaerville in Albany County raised the company’s interest in hosting a music festival in upstate New York. “When we went there, everyone seemed to love the area and we felt like it kind of reflected what we hoped that a space for a festival would provide,” Dugoni said. Greenville Town Supervisor Paul Macko said the festival should pump money into the town’s economy. “They’re allowing camping on the site and anytime you can bring people into your community, they generally spend money,” he said. “That’s great for the town and great for those small businesses that might service those people.” The lineup for the June event includes indie-rock band !!! [pronounced "chik-chik-chik"], New Jersey rapper Topaz Jones, and Pennsylvania punk band Sheer Mag. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.