This upcoming Saturday, the second annual Matter Fest will take place at Bordermen Gym, located in Converse, Indiana. The festival will feature 29 bands on two separate stages, starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending, well, once we’ve all had enough slams n’ jams for one night. Admission to Matter Fest will cost $10 at the door.
Many of the bands booked for the fest are Indiana’s own locals, but some are traveling from as far as the west coast to perform. These bands include Ghost Key (Illinois), Wicked World (Wisconsin), Pissed On (Kentucky), Zealot (Minnesota), All My Friends Are Dead (Ohio), Everyone Leaves (Ohio), Grim State (Ohio) and Dependence (California).
Besides the out-of-state musicians that are playing at Matter Fest, several of the best locals that Indiana has to offer will make appearances as well. These bands include ForeverAtLast, Chipped Teeth, Church Tongue, The Truth, We Love You, Sermos, Inheritors, Guilt Trip, Archives, Hypewriter, Oceans Grey, Dropkick, The Cambion and many more, listed on the show flyer below.
Since 2015 marks the second year for Matter Fest, Trae Roberts, founder and manager of the festival, is aiming to make every aspect of the event bigger and better than before.
“This year, I [booked] more regional bands to help bands get a little more recognition and to draw kids from out of state. I think that made [the event] more attractive to a lot of different people. I also started planning a lot earlier than I did last year,” said Roberts.
Matter Fest will offer tons of variety, whether it be genres of the bands or where they’re from. So, don’t forget to come out this weekend, and bring some cash for merch!
Roberts is also holding a pre-party at his home the night before the event to raise money for the venue, sound and transportation. The night will include an acoustic performance from Safe House, as well as appearances from We Love You, Hogarth, Anna Meets Wolf, Cody Almond, Kerry Gagen, The Obnoxious Boot (spoken word) and more. To get hyped for the festival and check out even more performances for a good cause, visit Trae’s house at 6:00 p.m.—it’s only $5 at the door for food, drinks, games and music.
Feeling overwhelmed by the stacked lineup or haven’t heard of the bands before? Check out my guide to Matter Fest!
Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield