What is Phuzz Phest?

Founded in 2011, Phuzz Phest is an annual music festival taking place in April at various venues across the blooming downtown area of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our 2016 festival returns the weekend of April 15 - 16, featuring ~50 critically-acclaimed, genre-spanning acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and London. Join the Facebook event here.

Over the past 5 years, Phuzz Phest has grown in scope and notoriety to present the highest caliber national acts alongside hidden-gem locals from Winston-Salem and the greater state of NC. Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keen musical curation resulting in a unique and special weekend experience. Music lovers rejoice.

How much are wristbands and how can I get one?

Saturday Wristbands are available for $35 plus tax at Ember Gallery, our Wristband Center!

Now that I've bought a wristband, where do I pick it up?

Once you've purchased your ticket online, your name will be on the Will Call at our wristband center. Wristbands will be available for pickup the weekend of the festival; all we need is a valid ID matching the name of whomever purchased the tickets, and the wristbands will be yours!

Ember Gallery is graciously hosting our wristband center this year, located at 690 N Trade Street near The Garage and Single Brothers Bar.

Our wristband center is open from noon until 10pm on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.

I don't see wristbands for sale online any more, are there any left?

Yes! You can still purchase Saturday wristbands at Ember Gallery (our Wristband Center on Trade Street) until 10pm, and at the door of most venues while they last!

Is there anything to do at the festival besides see some of the best live music on the planet?

In addition to our outstanding musical offerings, we’re excited to present several free extra-musical events while your ears take a break! These events include...

Building & Sustaining A Music Community: A Phuzz Panel Discussion
Join us for our first ever festival panel discussion, moderated by Eddie Garcia of 88.5 WFDD & 1970s Film Stock, and featuring panelists from all across our great state of North Carolina. The discussion will address the complexities of creating arts culture and communities in the current climate, exploring the challenges of audience-building and financial sustainability, among other topics.

We're excited to present this event at the beautiful new Center For Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system, located just south of WFIQ near the Research Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, no festival wristband required.

The event begins at 5:30pm on Friday, with the panel discussion beginning promptly at 6pm. A food truck will be present serving dinner.

SLOW RIDE: A Community Bike Ride with Cycle Your City & Phuzz
Take a break from the music to enjoy a community bike ride, led by Greg Waddell of Cycle Your City bike shop. The "Slow Ride" will begin at the shop and take riders on a leisurely ride around Winston-Salem's beautiful downtown cityscape. Get some exercise and meet like-minded music fans at this fun afternoon event!

The ride is free to attend, no wristband required. Bring your bike, helmet and water bottle to Cycle Your City bike shop at 362 Patterson Avenue at 1:45pm. The group will leave at 2:00pm, and will arrive back at the bike shop no later than 4pm.

Phuzz Yoga in Bailey Park with PAZ Studios
After a Friday night of great music, join us for a free yoga session in Bailey Park, graciously presented by PAZ Studios! Bring your yoga mat & start your day with a focusing yoga session for students of all levels, before night 2 of the festival kicks into gear!

Prepare for night two of the festival, get your caffeine fix & sample incredible coffees by exceptional roasters at our Coffee Pop-up! Featuring coffees by Krankies Coffee, Counter Culture Coffee & Ritual Coffee Roasters, plus a special screening of A Film About Coffee at 1pm!

The event will take place at Biotech Place in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on Saturday at 1pm. We hope you'll come visit & try some delicious coffee! The event is free & open to the public to attend, no wristband required.

RiverRun & Phuzz present a special screening of 'LACE CRATER'
We are proud to partner with RiverRun International Film Festival to co-present a special screening of Lace Crater at RiverRun's upcoming 18th annual festival. Tickets are on sale now, and stay tuned for ways to win tickets to the screening at A/perture Cinema on Wednesday, April 13.

Lace Crater is the feature-length debut by director Harrison Atkins, and tells the story of an awkward twenty-something who begin to go through strange physical changes after a weekend tryst with a ghost. The film features a score from Phuzz 2016's headliner Neon Indian’s frontman Alan Palomo. Producer Adam Kritzer & actor Andrew Ryder will be in attendance for the screening.

Will there be more than one band playing at a time each night?

There will be overlapping sets, but that’s part of the fun! You’ll have the opportunity to build your own evening, picking what bands you’d like to see each night and moving between venues as your heart desires.

What if a festival venue is at capacity?

As is the case with any festival, some shows will inevitably be more popular than others and venues may reach their capacity. For the sake of fairness, all of our venues are first-come-first-serve, and a line will be formed to admit more attendees in a “one-in, one-out” format as other attendees exit the venue. If you’d really like to see a specific band, arriving 30 minutes-1 hour before their set time may be a good idea to ensure you don’t miss out!

What's your wristband refund / exchange / transfer policy?

Due to the nature of festivals in general, refunds just aren’t a possibility, all sales are final and non-refundable. Fun is imminent.

What if one of my favorite bands cancels?

Cancellations are always a bummer that we do our best to avoid, but for reasons out of our control (sickness, travel problems, act of God, etc.) cancellations do occasionally happen. In the case that there is a cancellation, we’ll do our absolute best to book a comparable act to fill the spot, and/or reschedule the original act to make-up the date within the next 6 months.

Are the festival shows all ages?

Each venue has its own policy, which are as follows: 

Bailey Park - All Ages
The Garage - All Ages, surcharge & chaperone for under 21
Krankies - All Ages
The Millennium Center - All Ages
Reanimator Records - All Ages
Single Brothers Bar - 21 & Up, dogs welcome
Test Pattern - 21 & Up
West End Mill Works - All Ages, dogs welcome (21 & up inside Hoots Roller Bar)

Where can I park my car when I come to the festival?

Fortunately for us all, most street parking in downtown Winston-Salem is free on weekends and after 6pm on Friday. There should be plenty of street parking around, though there are also several parking decks, including one at Cherry Street & 6th Street, and at Liberty & 5th Street.

Can't I just get a wristband at the door?

Not your best idea. Venues are often at capacity, and sometimes wristbands sell out, so jump on it and buy your ticket online now!

Are all of the venues walkable to one other?

We think so! The furthest walk you’ll make is between 2 of our main venues, Krankies and The Garage, which takes about 10 minutes (5 blocks). The Millennium Center, Single Brothers and Luna Lounge are all between those venues on the downtown grid. Reanimator is right around the corner from Krankies, and Bailey Park is also right down the street from Krankies and Reanimator on Patterson Avenue.

What are the addresses for each venue?

Bailey Park at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
445 North Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Garage
110 W. 7th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Hoots Roller Bar & West End Mill Works
840 Mill Works Street  
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Krankies Coffee
211 E. 3rd Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Millennium Center
101 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Reanimator Records
344 N. Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Single Brothers Bar
627 N. Trade Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Test Pattern
701 N. Trade Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

What's up with the 7% tax on tickets?

Bummer, right? We agree. Due to the expansion of North Carolina's state sales tax, effective January 1, 2014, we've been forced to add a 7% ticket tax for sales of Phuzz Phest wristbands. Hopefully someday this tax won't be necessary in North Carolina, but until then...

Is Phuzz also a record label?

Great question, yes we are! Formed in the summer of 2013, Phuzz Records is passionate about releasing excellent music from our great state of North Carolina and beyond. Our roster lovingly includes:

T0W3RS (Raleigh, NC) - Entertainment Weekly, CMJPopMattersINDYCulture CollideDingusWFDD
The Tills (Asheville, NC) - Paste MagazineImposeSlyVinyl, NylonMountain XpressFabricoh
Estrangers (Winston-Salem, NC) - American SongwriterMTV HiveAdHocSlug MagPerformer Mag

Visit PhuzzRecords.com for more info, and check out our releases over at Bandcamp.

What bands have played the festival in the past?

We’ve had hundreds of bands at the festival since 2011. Bands we've presented include Foxygen, No Age, Ex Hex, Natalie Prass, White Fence, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kool Keith, Trans Am, Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen), Blackbird Blackbird, Here We Go Magic, Protomartyr, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Mount Moriah, Hiss Golden Messenger, Diarrhea Planet, William Tyler, Futurebirds, Spider Bags, Eternal Summers and many more.