Thing In The Spring ups the DIY ante for its 11th edition


For the 11th iteration of New Hampshire festival Thing In The Spring, organizer Eric Gagne is piling on more forms of art to the DIY event than ever before.

Gagne has shared the lineup for the Peterborough fest’s 2018 edition, with acts like GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!, Iris DeMent, The Weather Station (pictured up top, via Bandcamp), Halfsour, Ovlov, Lina Tullgren, Sammus, Pile’s Rick Maguire, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Manurl Menuck on deck to perform between June 6 and 10.

After the inaugural fest a decade ago, which offered five concerts and the fest’s signature “Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair,” the event has grown to include art installations, a reading series, and a film series, as well as nearly 50 performers.


“This year… we are looking at 48 musical performances, ‘Broke’, three art openings, a mural installation, a sound installation, a reading series, and a film series. Plus wrangling food trucks, volunteers, and 10 venues; makes for a wild time, especially in such a small area,” Gagne tells Vanyaland.

The 2018 event also promises a screening of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, readings from local writers, and bowling, among other multimedia art installations. The flyer below details all the shenanigans planned thus far.

“I think DIY events like this are important because you can trust that there is no agenda,” Gagne explains. “These kinds of things are run by people who make no money off of their work; it’s a compulsion, in my case. I am driven to make the best five days I can for this physical community, and for the community I have helped cultivate over the years. It’s these communities, the ones we choose and build beyond a set place, that have the most power. It’s the way we build the world we want to see.”


Weekend passes are available for $50, while tickets to the individual concerts that take place around Peterborough, range in price from $20 to at-the-door donations.