PLAY:stl Festival 2008

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The second annual PLAY:stl Music Festival & Conference will take place September 18-20, 2008, and be centered on St. Louis’ Delmar Loop. Like the inaugural event, the ’08 fest will feature 90 acts and 7+ live music stages over three days. Participating venues include Blueberry Hill (both the Duck and Elvis Rooms), multiple stages at Cicero’s, Vintage Vinyl, Market in the Loop, and outdoor staging.

Saturday’s conference portion is geared toward providing musicians with education and networking opportunities. Panels will feature industry professionals discussing such topics as booking & touring, press & publicity, recording & replication, and the local scene.

The objectives of the PLAY:stl Music Festival & Conference are twofold: (1) Increase awareness of the St. Louis area as a musical hub, rich with talented musicians and music-loving fans, and (2) Provide festival performers and attendees with a broader audience as well as educational and networking opportunities to increase their career success.

The response to the first annual PLAY:stl was overwhelmingly positive, as music fans, musicians and businesses showed their support and enjoyment of the festival’s debut. Over 4,000 people attended. This year, at least 15 Sonicbids artists will be selected for this event.

Behind the PLAY:stl Music Festival & Conference is PLAYBACK:stl, the St. Louis-based music and entertainment magazine founded in 2002, in print four and a half years before switching to web-only. More than just a collection of words, PLAYBACK:stl has long been involved in booking shows and hosting events, drawing attention to the local music community and independent artists for many years. Also driving PLAY:stl is Bigfatcat, a St. Louis management, public relations and graphic design firm focused on promoting and advancing artists’ careers.