Arts & Culture
Wed February 6, 2013
Troy Chosen for Music Festival
Officials in Troy are celebrating the news that the community is selected as a site for one of three small-town music festivals staged in the U.S. by the popular British band Mumford & Sons.
The expected crowd could double the population in the city of 25,000 when it hosts one of the band's Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers in late August. It's estimated that it could be an economic impact of $12.6 million for the region.
The shows will take place in 3 locations in the US and are intended to combine the intimacy of a small community festival with the buzz of a world-class music festival. Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show and other bands will perform, including Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Troy's tourism officials liken being chosen for the festival to winning the lottery. Hundreds of towns across the country applied for the festival. They say Troy's attractive downtown, proximity to the Great Miami River and performance options are the reasons for the selection.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.