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Spotlight On: Slingshot Festival

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Pushing the boundaries of typical music festivals by incorporating various forms of music, electronic art, and tech, Slingshot Festival in Athens, GA, features local, national, and international artists. With a reputation for featuring innovative, forward-thinking musicians, this young but rapidly growing fest is currently booking 60 Sonicbids artists for 2015. We spoke to founder Kai Riedl about the inspiration behind Slingshot, the surprisingly rich music history of Athens, and why he started using Sonicbids to find performers.

Opportunity and Community Meet in Two Fledgling Georgia Music Festivals

Inspired by the success of Austin's SXSW, forward-thinking entrepreneurs around the country have been launching their own versions of the festival. Athens Slingshot and Savannah Stopover — two March fests that have popped up in Georgia only within the last five years — are both excellent models of how tailoring a festival to the needs and strengths of a community can pay dividends.