It's hard to describe what you feel at a music festival until you're right in the thick of it, but when you feel those riffs going through your chest and the drum beats hitting your body, you can't help but feel at home.
That's what Dirt Fest always brings to the proceedings, no matter the fact that Pontiac is the new home of Dirt Fest this year. We took a little bit of time to speak with one of the originators of Dirt Fest, Matt Dalton, to dig deeper as to why Dirt Fest is, and will continue to be so important for the music scene, especially with it's new found accessibility to Detroit.
"Dirt Fest’s main importance to me has always been showcasing upcoming talent," says Dalton. "Bringing the show to Pontiac and having a wealth of national acts on the bill will bring a bigger crowd to see the many local bands that I believe in who work hard to get in front of bigger audiences like this."
For those who aren't entirely aware of how long Dirt Fest has been around, here's a shocker: 19 years of operation. That's quite a streak to have, and it continues to grow every year - especially with the new expansion. Luckily, with that continued support from the music community, Dalton has been able to not only help local bands get their stage time, but also has been able to see bands grow and change from the ground up.
Matt shares, "We’re proud to bring LOTS of bands back who have gone on to see serious levels of success on the national scale. Wilson, For The Fallen Dreams, Saint Ridley, It Lies Within and Heartsick are just a few homegrown friends of ours who are out there making big waves, and bands like Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, and Born Of Osiris are all back at Dirt Fest for a second time. It feels like a big family reunion this year!
#Tbt to @wilsonparties in 2012 and 2013. Who is ready to "hang" with them again this year???
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