The video for Meditation by Baltimore-based Ashes Remain will headline the Ichthus Festival's Independent Stage Friday, June 13. (Below) Canadians Manic Drive headline the Indie stage Thursday.
The Ichthus Festival is expanding its offerings to four stages this year, adding an Independent stage within the campground at what was once known as the worship stage. The stage will be, "dedicated to completely independent artists," according to the festival website.
It's a move that makes a lot of sense in the current music marketplace where even reasonably well-known artists are eschewing some of the comforts of record labels for grassroots business via the Internet and lots and lots of touring. And a quick run through the Net reveals a lineup of seemingly high quality acts booked for the intimate outdoor venue. The Friday night lineup looks particularly intriguing with After Edmund and Breaking the Silence playing a bill topped by Ashes Remain. Other artists you may recognize include Lake Cumberland's Nineball and Brooke Barrettsmith.
Click here for the complete Indie Stage lineup. An number of acts will also be playing the Edge Stage or the Deep End Stage.
One piece of free advice: If you are an early to bed type, you may want to avoid camping near the stage, up toward the festival-site side of the campground. If, on the other hand, you want to watch bands from your tent door . . .