Press release from RADfest:
RADfest announces its inaugural music and arts event in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC on October 13-14, 2018. The all ages festival will take place at the Grey Eagle music venue located at 185 Clingman Ave. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local non-profit, Our Voice which serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy, and education. In addition to a wide variety of genres, the festival will feature live mural art by Ian Wilkinson and Gus Cutty; an art installation by Amelia Pate as well as work by Ariana Dixon, Cat Fly and more.
This year’s headliners are New York-based, punk pop duo, Diet Cig. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman aim “to tear you away from the soul-sucking sanctity of your dumpster-fire life and replace it with pop-blessed punk jams about navigating the impending doom of adulthood when all you want is to have ice cream on your birthday.”
and Northern California’s psychedelic shoegaze outfit, LSD and the Search for God, who have become a cult band in their own right. Seemingly from another place and time––dosing audiences with hypnotic performances built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies, and dreamy male/female vocal harmonies.
2018 INITIAL LINEUP also includes:
Anna Burch | Linqua Franqa | Free Cake For Every Creature | Nest Egg | Indigo De Souza | Spaceman Jones and the Motherships | Common Holly | Contour | Nihilist Cheerleader | Kitty Tsunami | Fred Thomas | AMBY | Pie Face Girls | Ex-Gold | SIYAH | Brucemont | Wednesday | Erotica | DJ HijX De La Chingada | Celia Verbeck | Temp Job | ilysm <3 | DJ Kutzu
RADfest is coordinated by filmmaker, Andrew Vasco and Community Organizer and Events Coordinator, Emma Hutchens.
“Asheville has an amazing music scene of local acts and bands that come through town. We wanted to curate an event that brings the two worlds together. In terms of festival diversity, we hope our lineup speaks for itself. Emma and I are excited because it has a mix of diverse genres that don’t always get to share the stage. You’ll find everything from hip-hop, punk, synth pop, and neo soul to psych rock and dream pop,” says Co-founder, Andrew Vasco.
“The goal was to throw a party that we and our friends and community would actually want to attend – where everyone would feel welcome and safe. We’re partnering with Our Voice to center those intentions and help us establish norms for the festival to intentionally create a more accessible, safer space,” adds other co-founder Emma Hutchens.
The festival weekend will also include a launch party at the Wedge and an after party on Saturday night at the Crucible.