Moods of the Madison: Bigger and Better

Eclectic music festival near Ennis offers everything from reggae to electronica

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Young the Giant performs at Moods of the Madison
Young the Giant performs at Moods of the MadisonPhoto © Pieter Van Hattem

Moods of the Madison, one of the state’s most eclectic music festivals, comes to the North 40 near Ennis July 15-16.

This year’s festival is bigger and better than ever. Headliners include Bassnectar, Young the Giant, Wolfgang Gartner, The Wailers, Rising Appalachia, and Sol. Also taking the stage: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Russ Liquid Test, Maxwell Hughes, Farch, One Leaf Clover, Lecture, and many more.

What makes Moods of the Madison unique on Montana’s festival scene? According to founder Tate Chamberlin, “it’s the variety of music we bring in – everything from reggae, folk and Americana, to hip-hop and electronic.”

Other highlights include the Community Center, which hosts daily yoga sessions and workshops, and late-night silent disco for attendees “who want to keep the party going.” Food, art and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and an open mic add to the fun.

“Glamping is also a cool feature that includes fully furnished tipis and safari tents,” says Chamberlin.

The festival “has grown and changed in lots of different ways” since its inception three years ago, he adds. Attendance is now triple the size of nearby Ennis. “The line-up and genres have diversified greatly, and you can expect us to keep going along that road.”

Parking and camping areas for tents and RVs are available.  Tickets are $80-$90 for a one-day pass; $125 two days; and $200 for VIP entrance; call 579-1256 or visit