20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, two of underground metal’s leading underdog record labels, will join forces in Summer 2016 to present the inaugural MIGRATION FESTIVAL in Olympia, Washington. Jointly conceived by the two labels, MIGRATION FESTIVAL will primarily showcase bands from each label’s roster, as well as select other affiliated and respected artists, highlighting the distinct and contrasting styles that makes each label stand out.
MIGRATION FESTIVAL is set to take place at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia on August 12th, 13th, and 14th, the rich musical history of Washington’s small capital city makes an ideal location to celebrate the work of two labels successfully operating outside the boundaries of the big city music business.
Bands already confirmed for the fest include: AUROCH, THE BODY & KRIEG collaborative performance, CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD, FALSE, FÃ“RN, FULL OF HELL, KHEMMIS, KOWLOON WALLED CITY, KRALLICE, MUTILATION RITES, NIGHTFELL, OBSEQUIAE, PALE CHALICE, THOU, VASTUM, VHOL, and YELLOW EYES. Approximately six additional bands, including some headliners, will be announced later. There will also be separate after-shows to occur at a smaller local venue.
Ticket information, including price and on-sale date, will be announced in the near future. A full list of suggested local Olympia hotels, bars, restaurants, and other businesses will also be published soon. Nearly all of which will be within walking distance of the venue.
20 Buck Spin was founded in early 2005 in the East Bay Area of California and has been based in Olympia, Washington since late 2007. The label has released approximately eighty records during that time steadily increasing its yearly output and range.
“I’d heard Adam (Bartlett, Gilead Media boss) was thinking of coming West to do the next iteration of Gilead Fest. I’d been thinking of doing something similar myself for years but never had, and so suggested we join up and do something together. Adam was immediately receptive and the idea for Migration Festival was born right then.” said David Adelson, 20 Buck Spin founder. “Olympia felt right since I’m already based here, and because of its small size and walkability this is a great place to have it, both for locals, and for out-of-towers.
Gilead Media was founded in 2005 in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2007 relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the hometown of founder Adam Bartlett. Since its inception the label has focused on releasing thought-provoking art from across the spectrum of dark and heavy music.
Says Bartlett, “After two successful installments of my own Gilead Fest in this small Wisconsin town it seemed like the time was right to branch out and try something different. The idea to work with Dave and his label on a collaborative event makes perfect sense given our similar music backgrounds and diverse, but complimentary label families. And Olympia serves as the perfect central location for this type of festival.”
More information regarding bands and other details will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned to each label and the Migration Festival social media and website.