Columbus, Ohio will be the home of the first Fashion Meets Music Festival, in what is supposed to be a 250-band event spread over three days.
The first round of bands performing live and outside were announced late in March, with some big names attached: Local Natives from Los Angeles and Cold War Kids, hailing from Long Beach.
The interesting part? It’s free. At least those bands are — more will be added at a later time.
The festival doesn’t kick off until the last weekend of August and according to the website, aims to be “the nation’s most provocative music and fashion festival … where fashinates and musicologists mix design, style, song and soul.”
The fashion part of the festival comes in different designers being able to put on fashion shows on several different runways in the Convention Center and outside on various stages.
Kevin Joy, music writer for the Columbus Dispatch, wrote a whole host of promoters are helping to book acts and concerts in addition to the outside festival including Promowest Productions, Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park.
Promowest Productions is the leading concert promoter in Columbus, which owns concert venues including the indoor/outdoor LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, A & R Music Bar and The Basement. The LC Pavilion will be used to hold concerts in conjunction with the festival.
“The way of the world right now is festivals,” said Scott Stienecker, president of Promowest Productions in the Dispatch article, titled Arena District home to new Fashion Meets Music Festival.
The rest of the line-up is supposed to be announced sometime in early June and organizer Bret Adams, an artist representative based out of Columbus promised big names to be announced and judging by the involvement of Promowest Productions and Nationwide, they’ll deliver.
Currently 41 bands are on the bill, meaning 209 have yet to be announced. So far national acts like Local Natives, Circa Survive, Cold War Kids, and Switchfoot will perform and local bands like Angela Perley & the Howling Moons, Cadaver Dogs, Evan Oberla Project and Forest & the Evergreens have so far been announced.