What is the Slingshot Music Festival?

 

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The SLINGSHOT Festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights international, national, and local acts on stage, boundary pushing artworks throughout the urban environment, and tech talks with leading innovators. SLINGSHOT also hosts a dedicated comedy night and film screenings.

 

SLINGSHOT is a hybrid festival that allows
a diverse audience to engage with music,
art and technology as a continuum across
pop, electronic and experimental genres. In
addition, SLINGSHOT has hosted soldout
comedy night shows, and in 2015 adds
film to the growing line-up. SLINGSHOT
has established itself as the event of the year
in Athens as it draws a diverse audience and
creator pool to one of the most historically
creative and beautiful cities in the South.

In 2014, its second year, SLINGSHOT drew
4500+ attendees and the participation of
100+ artists and musicians from 20 countries.
What began 2 years ago as a grassroots effort
by venues, the University of Georgia, the
Athens community, with cultural institutions
around the world, has turned into a yearly
international event in Athens. We anticipate
attendance topping 10k and strong growth
in the following years as SLINGSHOT
becomes the next tastemaker of music, art &
tech and more in the Southeast and beyond.

 

NEW MUSIC MAKING HISTORY. SLINGSHOT highlights a range of independent pop, electronic,  rock and experimental music from around the world. Over 80 national, international, and top local acts shared the stage at SLINGSHOT 2014. Electronic, pop, rock, DJ sets, experimental and more in 15 venues over 3 days, all within a 5 block area of downtown. SLINGSHOT is the ultimate urban music festival.

SLINGSHOT partners with the best and most dynamic indoor venues with capacities from 60 to 1100+, all with state of the art sound systems. Optional outdoor stages and large indoor venues allow the possibility of hosting much larger acts in 2015. Athens’ unique downtown is ideal for hosting large audiences and numerous bands in a concentrated urban area.

 

BREAKING BOUNDARIES. SLINGSHOT 2014 featured 45+ artists from 20 countries, including high profile artists who show at the Venice Biennale. Art pervades the entire urban environment. Outdoor art experiences knit the festival area together and encourage discovery, crossing over, and active engagement. 2014 highlights included internationallyrecognized sound and visual artists Tristan Perich, Quayola, and Kota Ezaw.

 

BRIGHT MINDS GOOD TIMES. SLINGSHOT champions innovation in technology. In partnership with the University
of Georgia, tech companies and universities worldwide, SLINGSHOT presents a free and open tech conference, featuring high impact tech talks, demos & showcases, workshops, performances and much more. SLINGSHOT prides itself on showcasing
the unique interface between the arts and technology and introducing the public to the world’s technological vanguard. People
come to SLINGSHOT to see what’s new.