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LEWISTON – The Lewiston Pub Fest, which has raised over $80,000 for Variety Kids Telethon, is getting a new location and a new name this summer.

The festival had been held for the past five years in Academy Park, but has been renamed Latitude 43 Music Festival, named for the global latitude marker of its new home, the much larger Artpark in Lewiston.

It will welcome 14 bands, nine local and five national headliners during the three-day concert from June 13 to 15, according to music festival general chairman and co-owner of the Griffon Gastro Pub Kenneth Scibetta. He announced the upcoming music festival on Monday at a news conference at his new restaurant in Niagara Falls.

The three-day event will offer blues on Friday, rock on Saturday and country music on Sunday. Scibetta said Artpark is donating the use of the amphitheater for the fundraiser.

Scibetta that Academy Park could accommodate 1,000 people, while at Artpark, they can open the festival to 10,000 people.

“This will be our sixth year. We went from a one-day festival on a cold Sunday, October 16, a six-hour performance with six bands, and raised $6,000. You fast-forward five years and we are at Artpark with 14 bands, five of which are national,” he said.

He said they’ve raised over $80,000 in the past five years and hope to double that this year with the line up they have. Bands are donating their services, he said.

The festival will be open to all ages and is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are $7 in advance for each day or $15 for a three-day pass. Tickets the week of the show are $10 per day or $20 for a three-day pass. Parking is free.

“We are appealing to a bigger crowd and trying to make everybody happy,” Scibetta said of the different music styles each day.

Food vendors will include the Griffon Gastropub, Melloni’s, Casa Antica, Town Hall and Favorites.

Gates open at 5 p.m. June 13 on blues night, which features Joe Louis Walker and headliner Kelly Hunt. Gates open at 1 p.m. on June 14 for rock day, featuring Tragically Hip-cover band Strictly Hip, and headliner The Machine – a Pink Floyd tribute band and its “Interstellar Light Show.” On June 15, the music will be country all day with gates opening at noon. Featured are Nashville recording artists Lyndsey Highlander and headliner Eric Paslay.

A list of all the bands and ticket information is available at www.L43musicfest.com. Tickets will go on sale on Friday at tickets.com or Artpark.net or by phone at 754-4375 or 800-223-6000, or in person at the Artpark box office. Box seating is also available.

In addition to the Variety Kids Telethon of Buffalo, the music festival will also raise funds for New York State Parks and Lewiston #1 Volunteer Fire Company.

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