Friday Fest to Kick Off Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™

Sturgis, SD (June 04, 2014) –The first Friday of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® nine-day Motorcycle and Music Festival, Aug. 1, will host “Friday Fest,” a party chocked full of exciting events, specials and hot performances leading up to the headlining performance by Loverboy on the main stage. Guests with Friday Fever will have the chance to see performances from six diverse bands with styles ranging from blues and classic rock to sexy psychobilly and Japanese rockabilly. These bands join red-hot fire dancers and rump-shaking dance troupes for a jam-packed Friday Fest event lineup. South Dakota’s longest zip line will be open in the amphitheater for adrenaline junkies wanting to be the first of the season to Zip the Chip.  Buffalo Chip’s Bikini Beach will also be freshly primed for guests who want to take a dip in the swimming hole or jump off the rope swing. 

Loverboy will be lighting up the main stage equipped with its catalog of timeless hits like “Workin’ For The Weekend,” “Hot Girls in Love,” and “Heaven in Your Eyes.”  Starting at 4 p.m. an eclectic mix of bands and entertainers will take to the stage leading up this performance including Iron Cowgirl Missy, the Charlie Brechtel Band, The Living Deads, Japan’s premier biker band, MMS, The Mods, Buffalo Chip’s own Rythym Rockers bikini dance team and the Illumination Fire Troupe. Friday Fest guests can take advantage of the free keg party in the amphitheater at 3 p.m. and two-for-one Friday Buffalo Chip Zip Line tickets.

“There’s a special camaraderie among campers who come in for the Early Bird Party and Friday Fest. Early birds don’t just come out to get set up in a good camping spot. These campers arrive early to see the craziness come together and get in on some of the best days of the festival,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “These folks are friends who can’t wait to be welcomed home to the Chip again.” 

The Buffalo Chip’s official Early Bird Party starts July 28 with nightly performances from The Living Deads at Bikini Beach. Special Early Bird passes provide guests with the earliest access to the Buffalo Chip on July 28 and can be purchased online. Arriving early also gives campers the opportunity to secure a special camping spot, spend time relaxing at Bikini Beach and make appointments for some new ink at the Tattoo Café. 

Purchase passes and get more information about the 2014 Buffalo Chip Music Festival at

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