You’d have to be living on the Moon, not to have heard about AltFest, a major new festival planned for 2014. Over the last six months the same team that brought us Club Antichrist have been working on what is set to be the largest Alternative festival in the UK.
The Festival will take place between 15-17th of August 2014 in Kent and will be a five day camping event with three days of live music and performance art.
We spoke to Dominic Void who along with his wife Missy is organising and planning Alt-Fest back in October (https://www.theblackflag.co.uk2012/10/26/black-flag-meets-dominic-void/) and he explained to us that the festival is crowd funded and powered by the people.
Dom says ‘To be honest we hate corporations; we hate how the big corporate festivals are all about money and massive festival touring bands on rotation. So we decided we’d invite the scene to run Alt-fest with us, with our scene inputting on the line-up, what’s there, the funding and every aspect. With the recent developments in crowd funding we also saw an opportunity to use crowd based funding as one potential way of not just raising the funds for Alt-fest but also a way to empower and totally involve the very people that would attend Alt-Fest. It’s the world’s first truly people powered festival. And the very people that attend can not only shape the festival itself but ultimately have the power to decide how big and ultimately how successful Alt-Fest is or becomes. So our ethos is all about people, about involvement about communication and working with the scene to make the festival move from a dream to a reality. It’s also about changing how the music industry works, how bands are booked and also getting the bands involved in the festival, getting them to support us.’
So far the acts booked for the Festival include Fields of The Nephilim, Front 242, March Violets, Suicide Commando, Diary of Dreams, Die So Fluid, Dope Stars Inc and Eden House amongst others.
We here at the Black Flag love the idea of Alt-Fest so much we want to give it as much support as we can and give you our loyal visitor the latest Alt-Fest news and announcements as and when they happen. So keep an eye on our new Alt-Fest section and expect some breaking new soon.
Anyone interesting in getting involved and contributing towards Alt-Fest should point your browser at http://alt-fest.com/index.php/dismembership . Benefits to becoming a member include 10% off a ticket, Backstage tours, entry to an exclusive Dismembered chillout/beer tent, plus much, much more.
For more info visit: http://alt-fest.com/