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iMatter: Festival Review

08.28.2018

The iMatter Festival, a free festival for nearly ten years, which highlights rock bands coming from the local scene and around the world, was held on August 12. In past years bands like Miss May I, Memphis May Fire and We Came As Romans have headlined the festival to promote the message of  “I do matter” to the current generation. Fans from across the country, and as far as Florida, traveled to the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads, New York to share and be a part of the counter suicide, self-harm and self-doubt festival.

 

Photo: Karalyn Hope

Underoath headlined the event along with close iMatter friends and family, August Burns Red. The lineup also featured Life Barrier, who opened up the festival at 11 a.m, followed by Something Deadly, Saving Vice, Destroy//Create, Ovtlier, Drug Church, Awake At Last, The Funeral Portrait, Misgiver, Can’t Swim, Microwave, Belmont, Such Gold, RIVALS, Sworn In, ‘68, and Impending Doom.

 

Photo: Karalyn Hope

New this year, iMatter Festival, promoting their biggest lineup thus far, unveiled a new main stage with spectacular equipment, two large jumbotrons, and an app on the day of the festival. Throughout the day, not only could fans bounce from the main stage to the side stage to watch bands playing, they also had the added option to sit back on the lawn to view the bands playing via the jumbotrons. These additions were a huge success and upgrade.

 

Photo: Karalyn Hope

The musicians who played the iMatter Festival this year are all talented in their own way. But, an honorable mention to RIVALS, a band from Los Angeles, California. Kalie, their lead singer, was the only female performer of the day. Another honorable mention to Misgiver who played the festival for their first time. In addition Misgiver, the only hardcore band to play during the day, marked iMatter Festival 2018 as their hometown show.

 

Photo: Karalyn Hope

 

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