Athfest 2013

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  Booking 7 Sonicbids bands

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AthFest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit annual music and arts festival in downtown Athens, Georgia that largely showcases the Athens area musical and artistic community. AthFest's mission is to educate citizens and visitors about music and arts in general, and about Athens music and arts in

For 2013, Athfest will select a minimum of 5 in-state and 2 out-of-state Sonicbids artist to perform. With the exception of the headlining acts, all bands will receive a $100 stipend, as well as wristbands for the event.

Since the first Athfest in 1997, the festival has had more than 100 bands play per year, on average - the majority of them from the Athens area. Over 25,000 people attend over 4 days. While the festival has grown and added new segments such as an Artisan Market and KidsFest, the music is what drives this festival and makes it great to share with the community and visitors.

Much of Athfest is free, including all outdoor stages, while wristbands or cover charges are required for certain events.

This year's Athfest will be taking place June 19-23, 2013 and will feature 2 outdoor stages as well as a Club Crawl, which begins as soon as the outdoor stages close at 10pm. The club crawl takes place across 15 venues throughout downtown Athens. At least two Sonicbids artist will be selected to play as part of the club crawl.

Also, all artists selected to play will be eligible for the Athfest Podcast. Recent performers include Nappy Roots, Futurebird, Guadalcanal Diary, The Black Lips, Patterson Hood, Dead Confederate, Perpetual Groove, Packway Handle Band, Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Modern Skirts, Dreams so Real, The Drive-by Truckers, Twin Tigers and The Whigs.

Music is an integral part of Athens, Georgia's history. It has spawned a wealth of talent from the earlier well-knowns such as R.E.M., the B-52's, Love Tractor, Pylon, Neutral Milk Hotel and Dreams So Real to more recent breakouts such as Of Montreal, The Whigs, Reptar and Modern Skirts.

Athfest books mostly regional talent from the Athens, GA area. Since Athfest is particularly interested in having local and regional artists submit, the price has been lowered for those artists to encourage them to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: Bands that submit to the IN STATE package and are NOT from Georgia WILL NOT be considered for Athfest.