Fucking in the Streets

What Makes a Festival?

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What makes a festival is cyclone fences, over priced food and drinks and corporate sponsors insisting their name be used in the title.

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Just for the record, neither Big Boi or Belle and Sebastian were planning on coming to out fine city. Over half of those bands, wouldn't have made it to Seattle as more and more bands are skipping Seattle as not enough folks come to the shows. I'm not bitching about it, just stating a fact and making sure the info. is listed correct.

Interesting the take that some people didn't know it was a fest, but there were sure a lot of people that talked to me and we overheard people talking about what a great new festival it is. I guess we have something to strive for next year.
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Part of it was the newness, part was that much of it took place on weekdays, which made dropping in on the early events more of a challenge. But really, i think that might just be the nature of the in-city festivals I've experienced.

MFNW feels slightly more cohesive, partially because there are more venues in close proximity, but I still get the sense that many people in Portland still didn't really know much about it. CMJ is a bit more immersive, but still only SXSW really feels like a citywide takeover.

All in all, HCAF felt pretty successful, well booked, and heavily attended. Hope they bring it back again, maybe with more local sponsors, clustered venues, and a schedule more amenable to people with weekday work schedules.
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I enjoyed the festival, but didn't do much venue hopping due to the relative overlapping of each night's acts. I did manage to go from the She and Him show at the Fifth Avenue Theater up to Neumos on Saturday night in time to catch the Foals. Had the DJ Spooky show at the Triple Door not been at capacity the night would have rivaled any race about town to see varied acts that I experienced at CMJ.

I'd like to see more smaller venues and smaller acts involved. Maybe build up over a week from local and regional acts to the national acts.

I was impressed by the lineup. I don't think Cat Power nor the Alloy Orchestra would have come here had it not been for the City Arts Festival. Chan Marshall certainly was honored, even if equally unsettled and nervous, to be asked to be involved. I didn't even know the Alloy Orchestra was still around.

More opportunity to club hop would add to the experience.
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josh and ptrig right on the money. i'll reitterate their finest points.

few "in-city" festivals if any feel very cohesive save for SXSW. HCAF will feel more cohesive ala MFNW (which still doesn't feel super cohesive) with time.

not enough opportunity to club hop, somewhat b/c of proximity of venues + set times. the only night i was able to do this was friday between the triple door and showbox.

lineup was very good for a first year festival as noted. more small venues would be appreciated, although it is kinda fun to go to benaroya and 5th ave, they didn't totally know how to manage things (mostly benaroya).

all in all, good work. it'll get better in time and i welcome it back next year.