RADfest is an annual music and arts festival that takes place in Asheville's River Arts District. The festival works on shedding a light on the city's incredible music scene, as well elevating talented local and national artists. The festival goes all day and night at the Grey Eagle, alternating between two stages, one inside and one outside. 

We're incredibly proud for our second year's lineup, featuring over 20 of the best emerging and popular artists around, in a variety of different genres, including Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Bedroom Pop, Punk, Electronic, and more! There was a lot of care and thought that went into booking this lineup, and we feel that the diversity of incredible music speaks for itself.


We're here to have a good time, but we also want to create safer spaces in Asheville and beyond. That's why we're partnering with non-profit Our VOICE, a crisis intervention and prevention agency that serves victims of sexual violence in Buncombe County. A portion of festival proceeds will go directly to this crucial organization. 


After our successful inaugural year, we are glad to be back and hope to be around for years to come.

Acknowledgement for Rad Fest 2012:

When we started RADfest at the Grey Eagle in 2018, we were unaware that a previous event with the same name had occurred at the Grey Eagle in 2012. This RADfest is not associated with Rad Fest and in no way intended to disrespect the previous event.


2018 Lineup - Diet Cig, LSD and the Search for God, Anna Burch, Linqua Franqa, Free Cake for Every Creature, Indigo De Souza, Nest Egg, Spaceman Jones and the Motherships, Common Holly, Nihilist Cheerleader, Kitty Tsunami, Fred Thomas, Contour, Amby, Pie Face Girls, Ex-Gold, Siyah, Brucemont, Wednesday, Jay Americana, DJ Hijx De La Chingada, Celia Verbeck, Temp Job, DJ Kutzu, Indigo De Souza /w Icky Bricketts, Neon Honey Guts, DJ Malinalli, DJ Devyn Marzoula, DJ Red Iyah

RADfest was made possible

thanks to:

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The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC 28801





We encourage you to bike to the festival. Please, use caution and lock up your bike. There are bike racks and posts located along Clingman Ave. 

Public transportation is another great option!

From West Asheville: 

Take the W1 or W2 bus and exit Clingman Ave at RAD / Roberts. From Downtown:

Take the W1 or W2 and exit Ridgefield Stradley Mt. Rd./Brevard Rd.

If you must drive, know that parking will be very limited. Consider carpooling with friends! Or use AVL Ride for a local ride share! If you need a lift home, we will be giving out a few $5 vouchers at the festival. Supplies limited, visit us at our merch booth for one.  Parking is available along Clingman Ave. and Haywood Rd. Do not park at All Soul's Pizza unless you are eating there -- please move your vehicle when you leave the restaurant.


Our mission is to create a fun weekend welcoming to all. With that said, festivalgoers will have an active role to play in ensuring that everyone has a great time. 

RADfest has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to race, color, origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, and disability status.

Offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Groping, sexual assault, or unwanted sexual remarks

  • Acts of physical assault or battery

  • Verbal abuse

  • Racial or ethnic slurs

  • Stalking

  • Threatening language

Anyone found in violation of these terms may be removed from the festival without refund.

If you feel unsafe at any time, tell any RADfest volunteer or Grey Eagle staff member. RADfest volunteers will be wearing brightly colored shirts (color will be announce day of festival) that have our logo. If you see something that looks like unacceptable behavior, speak out and report it.


Artists are subject to change.


Food and Beverage

No outside food or beverage will be allowed in. Empty plastic or metal water bottles are excepted. No glass, please.


A valid government-issued photo ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages at the Grey Eagle. Attendees will need to show their ID to the Grey Eagle staff member at the door.


The Grey Eagle Taqueria will be open during the festival, with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. We also recommend our friends All Souls Pizza across the street.


No video recorders, professional cameras with detachable lenses, or audio recording devices will be allowed in. If you are unsure about a device, please just leave it at home.


By entering the festival grounds, you grant RADfest the right to use your image in photos and videos for future promotional materials.



Re-entry is permitted, but you must show a valid government-issued photo ID each time unless you've already been marked as under-21. Re-entry will only be allowed through the Grey Eagle main entrance. No re-entry will be allowed through the Patio entrance.


Tickets and Wristbands

Tickets are available through Ticketfly only. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Grey Eagle Box Office or Harvest Records. Your ticket will be used to redeem a wristband upon entry. Lost or broken wristbands can only be replaced by the original purchaser. Cutting or removing a wristband voids it.



There are numerous hotels, hostels, and campsites in and around Asheville.



RADfest will happen rain or shine, permitted that weather conditions are safe.


Lost Items

RADfest is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. We will do our best to gather any abandoned items and contact the owner via social media. If the item hasn't been claimed after three days, we will donate it.


Because RADfest is an all-day event that lasts into the night, we ask you to be respectful of those who live in the surrounding neighborhood. Once leaving the venue, please refrain from making loud noises, littering, locking bikes to private property, or distributing flyers. We want to build an event that has a positive influence on our community.



Permitted Items:

bags that are under 14"x 11" x5"
• factory sealed tampons

• small hand towels

• phone, disposable camera, point-and-shoot cameras

• empty plastic, aluminum, metal Water Bottles

• empty Camelbaks

• factory sealed sunblock (non-aerosol)

• factory sealed bug spray (non-aerosol)

• prescription drugs in a labeled medical container (only the daily allowed amount will be allowed in).


Prohibited Items in the venue

No glass of any kind 
• No weapons of any kind, regardless of permit 
• No pepper spray 
• No paint of any kind, including paint markers and spray paint 
• No fireworks 
• No illegal substances 
• No drugs or drug paraphernalia 
• No bike chains, bike locks, wallet chains
• No laser pointers 
• No professional grade radios or walkie-talkies 
• No tents, canopies, or umbrellas 
• No flags or totem poles 
• No unsealed tampons 
• No stuffed animals/dolls, including stuffed animal purses 
• No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors 
•No unauthorized solicitation of materials including handbills, 

flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.  
• No wagons, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, hoverboards 
• No pets, except licensed service animals
• No coolers
• No outside food or drinks
• No open containers
• No backpacks with multiple pockets or multi-pocket bags 
• No bags bigger than 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28 cm x 12 cm)

including purses
• No Bota Bags (empty hydration packs and CamelBaks are 

permitted. Must be able to remove water pouch from bag) 
• No push carts 
• No sports equipment, including frisbees 
• No flammable products 
• No professional cameras, detachable lenses, tripods or go-pros,

monopods, audio recording devices and equipment, selfie-sticks 
• No projectiles or explosives 
• No knives or sharp objects including pocket knives 
• No water guns or misters 
• No chairs, hammocks, or inflatable couches
• No gas masks or tactical gear
• No aerosol cans (including deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen,

and perfume)
• any other items deemed as posing a threat to the safety and 

enjoyment attendees

If you bring any prohibited items into the festival, you will be asked to leave. You must dispose of these items or place them in your car before re-entry.


All rules and regulations are subject to change.


For information about accessible parking and other questions and concerns, contact the venue at: (828) 232-5800.