Monday, May 21, 2012
2012 Begins Now
We've been promising this for a few weeks. Apologies for our delay.
We received an overwhelming number of great submissions this year. A few evenings spilled into a handful of marathon listening sessions, followed by days of talking through the crazy amount of talent that came through the submissions inbox. By no means is it a perfect system, but we, here at Total Fest, feel like we've come up with an awesome, well-rounded line-up that will get your blood moving. We have a limited amount of slots, and we're saddened by some of the bands that we have to leave out of the festival. It's tough, but it's a welcome problem to face. Thank you to everyone that put their hat into the ring. Submitting to a festival can be a tough, cold process, and we hope that we add a little more of a human element to things. We appreciate all the support that you give us. Although it seems trite at times, it simply cannot be said enough -- Total Fest does not and cannot exist without you.
Lamentations aside, we're frickin' stoked about this year. We have approximately 45 bands lined-up, and there's not an out in the bunch. It's rewarding to see this come together, and we hope you'll erase that pencil and solidly ink in your travel plans for the 16th-18th.
A few changes: We'll be posting more as the days go by, but, unlike previous years, we'll throw-up a dozen or so bands at a time and follow-up with some write-ups and general musings on individual bands. So, without further ado here is the first installment for Total Fest XI:
Big Fiction Arlington, TX
Brain Tumors Minneapolis, MN
Broken Water Olympia, WA
Buildings Minneapolis, MN
Dikes of Holland Austin, TX
Dreamdecay Seattle, WA
No-Fi Soul Rebellion Bellingham, WA
Pins of Light San Francisco, CA
Rock n Roll Adventure Kids Berkeley, CA
Roomrunner Baltimore, MD
Sandrider Seattle, WA
The Be Helds Austin, TX
Stay tuned for blog posts on these bands with more updates to follow in the coming weeks!