With just about one week til this year’s 8static Festival, you can expect to see lots of exciting news posts on the site over the next few days! The schedule will be posted very soon, so you can see which nights all of your favorite artists are playing and plan accordingly. Though, you’re gonna be there all three nights anyway, right? Because why wouldn’t you!?
Before we get to that though, we wanted to share an exciting promo campaign we’re trying out this year. Attention all Twitter users: If you haven’t already, please check out our Thunderclap campaign. This is a neat social media tool that will send out a huge, synchronized message about the Festival and generate a hashtag that could potentially reach hundreds of thousands of followers, but only if it gets enough support. It’s kind of like Kickstarter for a Tweet. You will need to give the app access to your account so it can send that tweet, but this can easily be removed after the festival. If you could sign up and maybe tell a few friends, we’d really appreciate it!
Stay tuned for more…
So much to update! Let’s get right to it…
First, again, this month’s 8static is Saturday, Sept. 20th. The lineup includes a few local-boys-done-good and some far-away favorites on both music and visuals. You’ll marvel at the unpredictable, experimental, electric and eclectic sounds and sights of our own SKGB! You’ll have your ears rocked right off your head by Kansas City-based superstar Shoujo Eyes!! And you’ll continue to wonder who stole all the ice cream with Philly mainstay Storm Blooper!!! All while being drenched in colors and eye-pleasing animations from ohhinaifu!!!! So much excitement, so many opportunities to use exclamation marks, and even more reasons to not miss this one.
Next, just a friendly reminder that tickets for this year’s 8static Festival, Oct. 16-18 at the First Unitarian Church in Philly, are on sale now! We’ve already announced 2/3rds of the lineup and will be completing the set in just a few days, so get your tickets now while they’re still hot.
And speaking of tickets, we’re excited to share a super cool show at Philly’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts just the day before this month’s 8static. Kick off your awesome, video-game-music-inspired weekend Friday, Sept. 19, at The Mann with “Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions,” the official Pokemon live orchestral concert! “Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions” will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise’s most memorable melodies. The show gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all‐new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawing from all the classic and recent Pokemon video games. If you’re a Pokemon fan, you absolutely will not want to miss this truly unique experience. (And you won’t want to miss the two arrangements from Jake Kaufman, a.k.a. Virt, who is performing at our festival!)
But wait, there’s more! 8static and The Mann are thrilled to offer you a special discount! You can get 15% off of Orchestra B and C tickets by using passcode “Masterball” (no quotes) at checkout. Click here for more info and here to buy tickets directly!
Hope to see you at one— no, some— NO, ALL of these ridiculously sweet events!
Hey frenz, just wanted you all to be aware that the next 8static is a bit later than usual — Saturday, Sept. 20th, to be exact. Artists TBA, but mark your calendars, or remark them, or do whatever you have to do to make sure you’ll be there!
In other important news, tickets are NOW ONSALE for this year’s 8static Festival, Oct. 16-18 at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia! Click here to secure your spot. If you’ve seen the artists we’ve already announced, you already know that this year’s show is gonna be spectacular. More announcements coming soon, and they’re only gonna be more spectacular.
ALSO! Speaking of the festival, we’ve been nominated for a Philly Geek Award! Last year’s festival was so awesome, it’s in the running for “Event of the Year” for 2013. We’re thrilled and honored to be nominated — the recognition really means a lot to everyone who has ever been involved with 8static. The ceremony is this weekend (August 16), so keep your eyes peeled to see if we take home an award!
Finally (for now), just a reminder that the 8static label is up and runnin’, rockin’ and rollin’, with *8* releases. Get it, because 8? They’re all amazing albums, so head over to our Bandcamp page and pick them all up TODAY!
More news soon…!
As promised, August 2014’s 8static is a BEAST. It’s a NYC and NYC-ish-area takeover!! We’ve got some returning favorites and unique chip all-stars taking the stage, so I think it’s more than safe to say a good time is guaranteed for all.
Anyone who has seen Goferboy before knows he’s one of the most energetic, flashy and unpredictable performers in the world of chip. Get ready to get down with some awesome tunes and awesome times!
Warez Waldo? I’ll tell you warez. This is an exciting new project from renaissance man Carl Peczynski, whom you might remember from such chip personas as Oxygenstar, Radlib, SadNES, and a million others. I’m told he hails from the planet Zaxxon and “is interested in one thing: to provide the people of Earth with smooth grooves and sassy vibes.” Soundblaster 16 jams? Yes please.
But get ready to really kick it up with Kris Keyser, another extremely intense and amazing musician (and all-around nice guy, too). Kris’s unforgettable blend of catchy, melodic and impressive Game Boy tunes and high-energy onstage antics make him an incredible live performer you will absolutely not want to miss.
And finally, on visuals and performing a set of his own will be Let’s Disinfect, whom you might remember from Thorazine Unicorn. His set promises to include a variety of eclectic electronics, and his visuals are sure to leave a lasting impression!