AthFest 2014 begins with push for diversity, focus on youth

Jill Helme keeps getting asked what's most novel about the 2014 AthFest Music & Arts Festival.

AthFest’s new director, hired just this past spring to replace the festival’s founder, Jared Bailey, always laughs at the question: “It’s all new,” said the recent Athens transplant.

But Helme, in her short tenure, has already seen the rock-focused festival become more diverse and expand the family portion of its schedule.

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