San Diego IndieFest is back.
The festival's eighth edition will take place Aug. 16-18 at Liberty Station in Point Loma, where IndieFest moved in 2011 after being previously staged in North Park and Hillcrest.
The festival will once again have a dual focus on music of all genres and film. This year will also mark several firsts for the event, which is a labor of love for San Diego indie music stalwarts Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion.
"We took 2012 off, mostly to restructure and rethink the festival," Champion said Tuesday morning.
"We were definitely successful in 2011, but we had moved from a space in North Park to one that was six times the size in Point Loma. While we drew equal numbers of people, we realized our plan that worked so well in North Park needed to be adjusted to fit this new, and very large, park in Point Loma. We needed the time to look at this on a larger scale and to raise the capital, so that's what we did. And we've shopped for some bigger headlining talent."
This year, for the first time, IndieFest will be extended to two days (Friday and Saturday) from one, the number of main stages will grow from two to four, and an electronic dance music (EDM) component will debut. Moreover, this will mark the first time all festival performers will be paid for their services.
"Since the first festival, back in 2004, out goal was always to be able to pay every performing band," Champion said. "The first year we paid a handful, then a few more the next year. Then the recession hit in 2008 and everything became harder on a financial level. So, a big a part of the restructuring we did is to make sure all the bands this year are paid, even though we're not yet on any big moneymaking scale."
Bands and solo artists wishing to perform at this year's IndieFest can apply to do so at the festival's web site, via Sonicbids. Filmmakers can apply via withoutabox.com.
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Pictured: Sitar player Rama (left) and San Diego IndieFest co-founder Danielle LoPresti were among the performers at the 2010 edition of festival -- UT San Diego