Friday, September 20, 2013 , Updated 2:34 p.m., October 1, 2013
UPDATED: Del the Funky Homosapien to headline first-year Oaktopia Fest in Denton
Mark your calendars for November 16.
DENTON If you live in or love Denton, yet another new event is coming: Oaktopia music and culture festival on November 16.
The brainchild of locals Matt Battaglia and Corey Claytor, this upstart aims to take the best aspects of Denton — mostly music, skateboarding and art — and display them across five venues as well as around the town square.
“We have a town with 120,000 people, over 100 bands, people who make handmade goods … we want to give people a platform to show what Denton really is,” said Battaglia.
So far, the musical lineup is promising, with 29 local bands supporting hip-hop headliner Del the Funky Homosapien and a promise of more on the way. Battaglia said there are two more nationally acclaimed headliners that will be revealed next month.
[UPDATE: October 1, Oaktopia announced former Dentonite Astronautalis will be headlining the festival, as well as 14 more local bands, which you can see below.]
Music will be spread out at Andy’s, J&J’s Pizza, Banter, Hailey’s and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, accessible for the pre-sale price of $10. (The price may increase as the fest nears, they said.) Battaglia said artisan vendors and one stage will be set up around the Denton Square, and all those activities will be free.
Battaglia and Claytor established a booking company called Monocle, Inc. just two weeks ago and are hosting Oaktopia in collaboration with Denton-based publication Austere Magazine. The fest was originally going to be a confined to just Oak Street venues, hence the name; however, the idea unexpectedly grew.
Battaglia hopes to include a beer competition, interactive art, and a skateboarder showcase at Oaktopia, though those details are still being finalized.
Tickets are on sale now. Peep the lineup below, and stay tuned for more band announcements as they are made.
Oaktopia 2013 lineup:
h/t Central Track
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