The Thing in the Spring announces details for 12th annual festival

The Peterborough-based music and arts festival will take place from June 5 to 9 this year

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Twelve years in, The Thing in the Spring shows no signs of slowing down. The Peterborough-based music and arts festival has shared the lineup for this year’s edition, which takes place from June 5 to 9 throughout the downtown area of the New Hampshire city.


Organized by the Glass Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, the fest has a knack for bringing obscurity to the masses through its multi-venue approach, congregating strangers in bookstores, churches, and bars around Peterborough to showcase experimental and artistic miscellany.

“I’m really excited this year to be able to offer such a wild ride!” says Eric Gagne, president of the Glass Museum. “This year’s Thing lineup is another edition that combines imagination with careful curation. At the Thing you will see amazing performers in intimate venues during a festival that surrounds you with music from all different genres. You can come here for what you love and leave with a new favorite band.”

Some of the artists scheduled to perform this year include David Longstreth (of The Dirty Projectors), Trinary System (featuring Roger Miller of Mission of Burma), The Huntress and Holder of Hands, Joan Shelley, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Bardo Pond, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles).


Per tradition, the festival’s roster of New England bands is significant, enlisting Swale (Burlington), Wendy Eisenberg (Boston), Headroom (New Haven), and Jaw Gems (Portland) to perform, among many others over the course of the weekend. Broke: the Affordable Arts Fair also returns on Saturday, June 8, and both a film and reading series will fill out the five days with carefully-curated guest appearances and movie selections.

Guests can purchase tickets to individual events, or buy one of a few limited passes that grant access to all ticketed shows. Peep the full lineup in the flyer below.