INTERVIEW WITH OAKTOPIA MANAGEMENT

Dubbed a “mini-Austin”, Denton, Texas is home to a colorful population of people where you can find practically anything; from a town square to music studios to artists to filmmakers to actors to universities, there’s a lot to do here. I currently go to the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!) and Denton is a city that has thriving artistic culture. One of the biggest events to hit this underrated city is coming on September 25 and ends on the 2th. It’s a music festival called Oaktopia and the lineup is pretty great. Here’s the lineup:

Pretty awesome right? I recently got the chance to talk to the festival co-founder Matt Battaglia, and I asked about Oaktopia, now and looking into the future.

PNG) What did you guys have in mind artist-wise when organizing the festival?

MB) At the beginning, or this year? This year, we wanted to become a true multi-genre festival, so we tried to book acts with a wide range of styles.

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Photo By Mike Carpenter Used with permission by Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)

PNG) How big do you expect the crowd to be over the three day weekend?

MB) We’re expecting around 5,000 attendees!

PNG) Which performer were guys most excited to book?

MB) Can’t even choose just one!

PNG) How will this festival compare to previous years?

MB) The festival is expanding in every way. It’s 3 days now, we’re shutting down an entire block, there’s an additional main stage, Vans and Stereo are building a half pipe and bringing out skaters, there’s daytime panels, we’re showing movies, we’ve tripled the headliners…. It’s an entirely different beast.

PNG) What does this festival mean to you? To Denton?

MB) It’s hard to put into words what this festival means to me. I’ve made so many friends and learned so much because of this fest. It really

Photo By Mike Carpenter Used with permission by Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)

Photo By Mike Carpenter
Used with permission by Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)

means everything to me. I live and breathe Oaktopia. As for Denton, I can’t really say! Hopefully next weekend we find out they love it!

PNG) What do you have planned for next year?

MB) If we get to come back in 2016, we’ll expand again. Larger headliners, more activities, more art, more surprises.

Tickets are still on sale at http://www.oaktopiafest.com/

I (Jon) and some of the Pretty Neat Grooves crew will be around so if you can, come say hello!

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Photo By Mike Carpenter Used with permission by Narciso Tovar (Big Noise Communications)

 

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