Riddikulus! 2012 is a rolling wizard rock festival that will travel from Providence RI to St. Louis MO and back during June 2012.
What Is Riddikulus! 2012?
Riddikulus! 2012 is a six-band, two-week long rolling wizard rock festival running from Friday June 8 to Thursday June 21, and featuring The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tonks and the Aurors, Snidget, and I Speak Tree! Our goal is to buck the tradition of expensive summer tours, wizard rock festivals and fan conventions, and offer a first-class music lineup for FREE or VERY CHEAP at each show we play. MOST of our shows will be free; the few admission shows we have will be capped at $10 admission.
(This is a typical scene at a wizard rock show.)
Why We're Fundraising
Sadly, public libraries have been hit very hard by the recession, and very few libraries have a budget for programming like ours. Although we will receive performance fees from one or two libraries on this tour, the amount of money we'll receive will only cover a fraction of our considerable travel expenses. Our minimum goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to cover our gas cost, which is approximately $1,000. If we're able to raise additional funds beyond that initial $1,000, it will go toward the rental of our tour van, hotel rooms, tour merchandise, and other expenses.
UPDATE: We hit our initial fundraising goal in just FIVE HOURS. Wow. You folks are completely amazing! Our next goal is to cover our tour van rental. In order to do that, we have to hit $3,000!
UPDATE #2: Holy crapola! We hit $3,000 and we're well on our way to $4,000! Every dime we receive will be invested into our tour, whether it's for practical things like gas and hotels or fanciful things like stage decor. Please know that your donation will help us make this tour exceptional, and we really appreciate your support!
(This is Tianna. She is a BAMF.)
Why You Should Donate
All six bands on this tour have dedicated countless hours to the fostering and development of the wizard rock community over the past few years, and we would love to keep touring and spreading the message of love and literacy year-round. Your donation doesn't just cover some of our tour expenses in exchange for cool rewards; your donation is a statement of support and solidarity in the interest of a continued and vibrant wizard rock community. Whether you can attend a Riddikulus! 2012 tour date or not, your donation will help us continue to tour beyond this summer and into the future.
(Matt, Lauren and Grace posing with some wizards from Florida)
Our Tour Dates
*Please note: Many of us will be touring in July and August. If you don't see your city on this list, no worries! We may be in your neighborhood soon after June. Please consider donating either way, as your donation will help us continue to tour into the future!
Click on the city name to view a show's corresponding facebook event (if there's no link, that means the show hasn't been booked yet):
Friday 6/8 Providence RI
Saturday 6/9 New Haven CT
Sunday 6/10 New Jersey/New York
Monday 6/11 Rochester NY
Tuesday 6/12 Cuyahoga Falls OH
Wednesday 6/13 Ypsilanti MI
Thursday 6/14 Elyria OH
Friday 6/15 St. Louis MO
Saturday 6/16 St. Louis MO
Sunday 6/17 Chicago IL
Monday 6/18 Indianapolis IN
Tuesday 6/19 Marlinton WV
Wednesday 6/20 Pittsburgh
Thursday 6/21 New York City
What We're Offering To Donors
We've put together some incredible rewards, including many one-of-a-kind items that you could not acquire anywhere else! For starters, we're offering tour-specific items like the official Riddikulus! 2012 tour t-shirt, a 12-song digital compilation featuring all six headliners, and an official tour sticker. We're also offering various opportunities to interact with us while we're on tour, including a dinner date with the tourmates, and even a private acoustic show in your own home! We've offered up some incredible relics of wizard rock history, including several original screens that we've used in the past to make our t-shirts. We've also offered original songs, original drawings, and custom-designed plushies from Fairweather Friends.
(This is our official tour shirt and Level 7 reward.)
Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to see you on the road in June!
Matt, Lauren, Justin, Steph, Grace, and Tianna :D
Yes, we will! However, please note that we'll be ordering a fairly limited supply of shirts, and donating at the $45 level is the only way to guarantee that you'll receive your preferred size. Additionally, we'll only have adult S through adult XL available at shows. If you want a youth size or an adult 2XL or 3XL, you MUST donate to this Kickstarter.
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LEVEL 1 - OFFICIAL TOUR STICKER! Our official tour logo -- on a sticker!Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 2 - EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL COMPILATION! This comp will feature two exclusive and/or rarely heard tracks from each of our six headlining bands.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 3 - SET Of THREE LIMITED EDITION TOUR POSTERS from past tours, dating back to 2010!Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 4 - POSTCARD FROM THE ROAD! We'll send you an autographed postcard while we're on tour! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 5 - MIXTAPE MADNESS!!! One of our six headliners will make an original mixtape (or mix CD) for you! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 6 - PRANK CALL FROM THE ROAD! We've become infamous for our late-night prank calls to friends. Now you'll understand why! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 7 - OFFICIAL TOUR T-SHIRT! This amazing t-shirt features Professor Snape dressed in Grandma Longbottom's clothes! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 8 - Original Drawing By JFF or Tianna! Request something specific if you want, or let us surprise you! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 9 - ORIGINAL T-SHIRT SCREEN! These items are absolutely ONE-OF-A-KIND! We've offered up the original screens we used to hand-make our t-shirts. Examples include The Whomping Willows "Draco + Harry" screen, Tonks and the Aurors "Alive In Love" screen, the original Whomp The House Tour 2008 screen, Snidget's original snowflake design screen, and more. Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 10 - ORIGINAL T-SHIRT SCREEN! This level is more expensive because the designs offered are of extreme historical significance in the wizard rock community. Examples include the original Whomping Willows "I Believe In Nargles" screen from 2008 and Justin Finch-Fletchley's original "Honeydukes" screen. Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 11 - ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN FOR YOU! One of our six headliners will write an original song for you and post a performance of it on YouTube! Includes the digital comp and an official tour sticker.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 12 - CUSTOM-DESIGNED FAIRWEATHER FRIENDS PLUSHIE! Help Lauren design a one-of-a-kind Fairweather Friends plushie from your own drawing! Once the design is finalized, Lauren will make the plushie for you and send it in the mail! Plus official tour sticker and digital comp.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 13 - DINNER DATE WITH RIDIKKULUS 2012! Have dinner with us before or after the show of your choosing! Dinner's on us! Dinner must occur within 30 minutes of the show venue. You can bring a friend or two, but we won't pay for their dinner (sorry). Plus official tour sticker and digital comp.Estimated delivery:
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LEVEL 14 - PRIVATE ACOUSTIC SHOW! We'll perform a private show for you and whoever else you want to invite. This private show MUST take place within a 30-minute drive of one of our tour stops, and it must occur immediately after our scheduled public show. Plus official tour sticker and digital comp.Estimated delivery:
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