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Slingshot Athens Music and Arts Festival


ATHENS SLINGSHOT, the new showcase for music and innovative art in Athens GA, takes over downtown on March 9, 2013. Spread over three city blocks, Slingshot spotlights local bands and national acts on stage, and presents boundary-pushing artwork throughout the urban environment.

This date is specifically chosen to slingshot national and local acts passing through the southeast on their way to the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, TX (March 12-16). Athens Slingshot is a unique opportunity for national acts to perform in the music capital of the Southeast, and be part of a concentrated event that harmonizes the local and national stage. A wide range of venues across 3 of the best blocks of downtown Athens are booking and hosting bands of all sizes.


The daylong event kicks off with "Tech Shots", a short series of panel discussions focused on interactive media and the role of technology in art. Leading voices in digital media from Georgia Tech, The University of Georgia, NYU and the University of Denver, among others, will be participating.

From midday on, the festival will feature works by more than 45 artists from 20 countries at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown. The art dimension of Slingshot is focused on new genres such as interactive art, video and sound art, electroacoustic music, site-specific works (locative media), performance and film. Irish media artist Conor MgCarrigle (2011 Venice Biennale) is creating a new iPhone-based "locative art experience" specifically for Athens and well-known filmmaker Vincent Moon will also be showing recent works from his series "Petites Planetes".

The eveningʼs music line up features an eclectic mix of new music composers and national and local acts. National acts including Japanʼs The Suzan, Atlanta-based DJ MK Ultra and Baby Baby along with local favorites Harouki Zombi, Reptar side projects Thick Paint and Co Co Ri Co, DJ Feral Youth, and more will be taking the stage. A host of music venues on the west side of downtown including the venerable 40 Watt Club and Athensʼ newest venue, The World Famous, will be hosting bands.

Wristbands for this yearʼs Slingshot are only $5, which includes all talks, music performances and art. If that wasnʼt enough, SLINGSHOT is also teaming up with some of Athensʼ great local eateries to offer a 20% discount to those with wristbands on the day of the festival (see the ever growing list on the website). Hotel Indigo is also offering discounted hotel rooms for the weekend. For more restaurant details and programming visit the Athens Slingshot website. Wristbands can be purchased online or on Saturday at

Little Kings Shuffle Club (which will serve as Slingshot central) or any of the venues.

Athens GA has been the birthplace of a variety of music and art movements over the past decades - come join us for the start of a new one!