Passes for the 2012 Free Range Music Festival, which will take place Saturday, April 28, are available for purchase and organizers have posted a sneak peek of some of the artists included in this year’s lineup on the festival’s website, freerangemusicfestival.com.

Founded in 2010, the Free Range Music Festival is a volunteer-powered celebration of original music that takes place annually in downtown Belfast. Each festival features a unique lineup of musicians from near and far, representing a variety of genres.

This year’s festival will feature more than 30 acts from all over Maine, New England and the world. Performers will include Anders Parker (Burlington, Vt.), the What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, R.I.), Arborea (Lewiston), Sharron Kraus (Scotland) with Glenn Jones (Cambridge, Mass.), The Black Swans (Columbus, Ohio), MV & EE (Vermont), The Bill Barnes Trio (Hope), Spirit Family Reunion (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Lonesome Shack (Seattle), The Coloradas (Portland and Waldo County), The End Times Spasm Band (Fort Wayne, Ind.), AWAAS (Portland), The Colin Langelus Orchestra (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Coke Weed (Bar Harbor), When Particles Collide (Bangor) and many more. The full festival lineup will be posted in the coming days.

Performances will take place from morning until night across eight venues in the downtown area. They will include the Colonial Theatre, Waterfall Arts, Åarhus Gallery, the American Legion Hall, First Church, Belfast Free Library and a surprise venue to be announced at a later date.

The HillyTown.com, a Maine- and Brooklyn-based music blog, will again be hosting a festival afterparty at Three Tides beginning at 10 p.m. This event is open to festival-goers 21 and older. Performers at the afterparty will include A Severe Joy (Portland) and Great Western Plain (Portland and Bangor).

New to the Free Range Music Festival scene this year, WERU will be hosting its annual Spring Fling Record and Gear sale at the Belfast Boat House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival. Everyone is invited to stop by to peruse (and purchase) used records, CDs and instruments, all accompanied by WERU DJs live and on the premises.

Passes for the 2012 Free Range Music Festival are on sale through the festival’s website for $18 in advance. If still available the day of the event, passes will be sold for $20. Passes have sold out in the past, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Passes for children younger than 13 are $9.

For more information about the Free Range Music Festival including passes, musician bios, volunteer opportunities, sponsors and more, visit freerangemusicfestival.com or send email to info@freerangemusicfestival.com.

The 2012 Free Range Music Festival is presented in partnership with the Waldo Arts Mission, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that develops opportunities for artists, educators and community groups to collaborate on projects that advance shared missions for environmental sustainability and a vibrant cultural life. Presentation and promotion are made possible in part by an Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission.  Additional funding for the event is being generously provided by local business sponsors, as well as community members through the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.