February 2, 2007

IFRS: Assignment #4: Curate Your Own Music Festival

Following up on RyTunes' exemplary submission, here is another stab at the most recent RS writing competition. The lowdown:

Assignment Four: Create and curate your very own music festival. Name your ideal band/artist lineups, location, name, size, venue…it’s all up to you. Remember, we’re mostly concerned with the quality of your writing. It’d be great if your fantasy festival was logistically feasible — but the exercise is principally a test of your creativity. Outline your scheme in 300 words or less...
A musical feast of your heart's content, how glorious! This is actually something myself and other members of this site have discussed independently of this project before, so when the time came, of course, I scratched all previous ideas and went with a spur of the moment inspiration. I had initially conceived of doing a major political/benefit festival, but there are already enough of those. I also threw around the ideas of a U.K. invasion (man, are there some hot bands out of the U.K. right now, coverage on that coming soon to AtD); a "Vital Organs" lineup, which would consist entirely of piano-dominated bands; and even a mega-reunion tour (since this is all purely hypothetical anyway) in which several major players who have recently regrouped (i.e. Rage, The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, VH), and a few others that haven't done so quite yet (Led Zep, Pink Floyd take two) all hit the same stage together for an all out rock n' roll blowout. But that seemed just a bit too grandiose. The ultimate winner was,"Cabaret Rock/Art Punk 2007," as described below:

Come one, come all, boys, girls, and everything in-between to the first of its kind Cabaret Rock/Art Punk tour hosted by Ziggy Stardust himself - David Bowie. This extravaganza gala event will take place in the exotic Nevada desert, not far from the infamous Las Vegas strip. The featured performers at the bonanza include headliners Panic! At the Disco and My Chemical Romance, performing shockers mostly from their latest albums with true dramatic and overblown flair. Also taking part will be anti-folk princess Regina Spektor, The Dresden Dolls, The Hush Sound, and dark violet Jill Tracy. But that’s not all! There are also Eastern European gypsy folk punks Gogol Bordello, Devotchka, Revue Noir, Tiger Lillies, and finally the grand French entertainers Fantasmagoria.

Witness the sights and experience the majesty of street performers at every turn, as the live music onstage is but a sensual tease of what’s in store at this romantic traveling carnival of dangerous intrigue. Behold the clowns, burlesque dancers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and jesters slyly masquerading before you as plate spinners, mimes, and street artists of all kinds work their dark magic to make you believe the impossible. Things may disappear before your very eyes, while brooding noises and colorful smells wistfully ensnare you. Give in to the cavernous sand dunes painted by the magnetic, intense lights from all around the stage as they envelop you into sudden desires and intoxications. Fear not! The vast expanse of the once barren desert can accommodate thousands, and after all, it’s only a concert. Or is it? The festivities begin at dusk and run all through the night with special appearances by members of Cirque du Soleil, the Slava Snowshow, and various performing arts troupes and surprise guests. The night of a thousand wonders awaits!

More on this highly provocative genre to come. Stay tuned!

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