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
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