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.
Why did you create Slingshot?
How did the festival end up in Athens, Georgia?
Over the last 40 years, Athens has become a place where musicians can connect with each other and perform for audiences with open minds – and open ears. For years, I wanted Athens to open up its doors to international and national acts, and to highlight the many great acts the city has to offer. In a sense, Slingshot is the natural outgrowth of a city that has been the birthplace of music and supported it for so many years. Athens can be fairly off the beaten track, so it made total sense to invite the world to be part of the creative community here for a few days a year.
You combine music, electronic art, and tech. What was the inspiration for having a festival that merges different art forms?
What makes Slingshot stand out in your eyes?
Why did you decide to partner with Sonicbids?
What sets certain artists apart from others? Anything specific Slingshot is looking for?
Why should artists apply to play Slingshot?
Because we want to get their great music to the Slingshot community and beyond! We also do our best to support our artists in more ways than just giving them a great audience. We believe in them and do all we can for them before, during, and after Slingshot.
Apply to play Slingshot Festival by December 15, 2014.