Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Steadfast Festival did not take place in 2020. However, the team at Columbus Ohio music blog, Tuned Up, persevered to keep the spirit of the event alive with a virtual event, dubbed “Steadfast and Friends.”
“To me, the term ‘Steadfast and Friends’ explains exactly what this event is about,” explains producer Ryan Getz. “The word steadfast has always been a homage to the loyal music fans of our local scene, and there are many loyal friends of the blog who have followed our brands from afar. This event is the ultimate opportunity for us to say “thank you” to the pillars of the music scene and give folks something to engage in during this tumultuous year.”
Steadfast and Friends will take place online on the Tuned Up Youtube Channel and the Steadfast Facebook page on Saturday, October 17th, 2020, and feature performances and special appearances by 18 artists and bands. Many of your favorite Steadfast veterans will return, as well as some of the promised acts that were set to perform in person at Steadfast 2020. Folks can expect a visually engaging and top-notch compilation of performances, a mixture of pre-recorded sets from around the US and live performances from Columbus, OH.
Headlining virtually will be Motherfolk, who originally were due to appear in person. Further emphasizing local talent will be Playing to Vapors, Ghost Soul Trio, The Castros and Forever Unknown. Further showcasing support outside of Columbus will be crowd favorites AntiFragile Records’ Bonelang (fresh off a high profile Staged appearance via Audiotree) and Nashville brother-duo Danger Scene. Electropop artist LeTrainiump, who recently collaborated with Grammy nominees Tank and the Bangas on the bouncy new single “Away From You” will appear as well.
Special features, such as an exclusive premiere from Kansas City indie rockers Faintheart, will be spread through the event.
Quirky Nashville songwriter Salina Solomon, Columbus Americana act Dave Buker and the Historians, New Orleans by way of Columbus blues act Lily and the Weeds, Nashville indie rockers The Indigo (who recently had a record mixed at Abbey Road), and the “Lady Gaga meets Nine Inch Nails” industrial group Blacklight Tribe will make their respective debuts with the Steadfast brand. The Indigo comes by way of Steadfast sponsor Mozy Management, a trusted full service management company based in Nashville who assisted with Steadfast 2019.
Steadfast Festival 2020 sponsor Honey Gold Records will support the event with two artists of their own on the lineup; blues-rockers Ravenhill and post-hardcore group WORDS.
Columbus, OH’s Belltree Productions will provide the technical and audio-visual support to pull off the event. Belltree is an esteemed one-stop-shop for production and audio-visual needs, and their versatility has only been strengthened as they adapt to COVID-19 challenges.
The event will stream via the Steadfast Festival Facebook page and the Tuned Up Youtube channel starting at 4:00PM, Eastern Time on Saturday October 17th. The full lineup can be seen on the flyer above.