Music Industry News Network [04-08-2007]
WE Fest XI Now Accepting Artist Submissions
The 10th Annual Wilmington Exchange Festival (WE Fest), taking place from May 24-May 28th, in and around Wilmington proper, is now accepting submissions from band and artists interested in participating.
To be considered, please visit www.myspace.com/wefestallstars . Send a message with the words "2007 submission in the title.
WE Fest is a multi-day, totally DIY, volunteer-run extravaganza that always takes place during the week of Memorial Day Weekend. The first WE Fest was co-founded by Wilmington resident and underground punk Kenyata Sullivan in 1996 in an effort to expose underground talent and build community within the independent scene. Only indie-label and unsigned bands are allowed to play. W.E. Fest has garnered a reputation for discovering new talent, finding a larger percentage of winners than any other event in the country, including South by Southwest, CMJ New Music Festival, the annual NEMO festival in Boston, and PMC. Since then, indie bands of all shapes, sizes, colors, and sounds have played this Fest, made friends, and gone home to network, share gigs, keep in touch, and make WE Fest part of their lives.
This year the festival will make a return to its roots by also featuring films, zines, comics and other DIY arts projects.
Past participants include The Dismemberment Plan, Dufus, The Mooney Suzuki, Discount (Alison Mosshart before The Kills), The Selzers (Ryan Gentles before The Strokes), ASG, The Damn Personals (Anthony Rossomando before Dirty Pretty Things), The Waking Hours, Mayflies USA, and many others, all when they were still unsigned.
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