It's been roughly a week since VIC Fest, and every night I've come home from work to start writing about the event. Unfortunately I haven't been happy with anything I've written so I delete it and start again.
My friend David sums up the festival feeling over on Concert Addicts. I'd say it's worth your time to have a read of that article.
Ever since the very first VIC Fest I've know that Dylan Willows has something special going on. VIC Fest is unlike any other festival in the Victoria area. It merges arts, food, beer, wine, and music seamlessly making it a cohesive cultural festival that just happens to have amazing local bands playing at it.
It's no surprise that since then I've wanted to be more and more involved with the festival. Not just as being a media person there, but as someone involved in the inner workings and it's success. This year was the year where I got what I'd been pursuing for the last couple years, and I honestly could't be happier with the outcome.
This year I ran VIC Fest's first official photography team. Not just a bunch of us posting our photographs willy-nilly all over the the internet, but in a one specific spot for the festival. Each member of the team having photography assignments and specific duties of what to capture. With very little curating I feel like our photos told the story of the festival in an accurate and honest viewpoint. At the end of the day we (YYJ Rocktographers) are all music fans and want to see things like VIC Fest be successful. We want to celebrate the folks who make our community a better place.
In all honesty, VIC Fest is one of the best things to happen in this city every year. It kicks off the music festival season with the passion you want to see throughout the rest of the summer.
I'm already excited to see what they are dreaming up for next year's VIC Fest.