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Help us take our Dance Music tour to SXSW Music Festival! We make festival inspired EDM events that promote reckless self expression
Help us take our Dance Music tour to SXSW Music Festival! We make festival inspired EDM events that promote reckless self expression
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Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,

Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter Page. As you've seen from the video above, we're trying to raise funds to help us get to SXSW Music Festival. We're taking a very weird road trip with some of our best friends and here's the cast:

Life Is Art Studios (Providing All Major Lighting and Sound)

Bad Catholics

Kyle Biddy

Boy Beats World

Warez

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DJ Bossman

If you're familiar with our story, you know that we created this tour as just a single event in 2012. It grew rather quickly and once our show began to reach our ambition level, we knew it was time to hit the road. Since then, we've thrown parties all over the Southeast, regularly selling out venues, and getting as weird as possible along the way. 

Our Core Value is one based around the idea of "Reckless Self Expression". We believe that we can change people's lives through events that foster positivity, love, music and art.

As a grassroots company, we have worked hard to pave our own way and throw the type of events WE want to throw. Although, being independant helps promote our creativity, we do run into some constraints from time to time due to lack of resources. We want to throw the biggest, weirdest party the earth has ever seen but not being sponsored by a major company limits our reach and creative means. 

We Need Your Support Now, More Than Ever! Help us create the biggest festival inspired EDM experience imaginable. 

The Experience 

We have partnered with Life Is Art Studios (LIA) from Raleigh, NC to create a unique and immersive stage experience for our tour. It will include a custom stage design with State Of The Art Video Projection Mapping, LED Walls, Custom Visual Content, 4 Watt Lasers and Intelligent Lighting. All of this alongside a custom built DJ Booth, and all the visual effects you would expect from a festival: Strobes, Sky High Confetti and Streamers, Tissue Tornadoes, and Blasting Cryo. 

Charlotte Gets Weird Stage, December 2014, The Chop Shop
Charlotte Gets Weird Stage, December 2014, The Chop Shop
Greek Gods and Goddesses Party at Label Nightclub, Charlotte, NC
Greek Gods and Goddesses Party at Label Nightclub, Charlotte, NC
Raleigh Gets Weird, December 2014
Raleigh Gets Weird, December 2014
The Grand Cake Stage; We built this monstrosity for our 2 Year Anniversary Party.
The Grand Cake Stage; We built this monstrosity for our 2 Year Anniversary Party.

LIA consists of 2 wild humans named Tebo and Soup. They will join us on this tour as they build and control the immense lighting rig night after night.  We are currently helping  LIA by spearheading the creative components for our stage design and we will keep you posted here as it is being built! This is the major focal point of what we do and we look forward to showing your our progress. 

Daniel aka Tebo from Life Is Art Studios, programming the lights before our last Charlotte, NC Event
Daniel aka Tebo from Life Is Art Studios, programming the lights before our last Charlotte, NC Event

What is SXSW?

"South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference is the world's leading music industry event which offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center.
At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees."

We are working with an agent to land 2 to 3 shows at SXSW to showcase our unique festival inspired event. 

These are typically free parties and that creates a huge risk for us and another reason why we need your help. It takes a lot of money and a large crew to execute a big stage production and we are short on resources. Help us now by donating! 

Where Does My Money Go?

Your money will go directly to helping us afford our main expenses on the tour such as: A Tour Bus, The Stage Build, A Tour Documentary, Professional Photography and Social Media Marketing Expenses.

Custom Tour Bus Art by Charlotte, NC Artist; Tucker Sward
Custom Tour Bus Art by Charlotte, NC Artist; Tucker Sward

This entire trip is estimated to cost over $20,000. Your donations will directly help offset that costs alongside any potential sponsorships and our own investment into the road trip. 

Any additional money we raise will go directly to helping us continue to offset the costs of making our dreams come true.

What Do You Get For Donating?

We are offering a lot of different prizes and unique packages based on the level of your donation. Some of our favorites include:

  • Daily selfies from Boy Beats World while on the road (You can send him one back!)
  • Kyle Biddy will DJ your House Party!!!! (He'll probably bring a lot of special guests)
  • VIP Tickets to future shows
  • Tons of Unreleased Music from our Touring Artists
  • Kyle Biddy will cook dinner for 2 (He's surprisingly good!)
  • You can help us decide on a theme for an upcoming show
  • Boy Beats World will name a song after you

That's only a few of the many prizes that are available for you if you donate. Thank you all so much for your support. Stay Weird!

Where Will You Be Touring?

We haven't officially announced our dates yet, so check back in the coming days for the updated tour schedule!

This is just the beginning! Once we fulfill this successful tour, we will immediately begin planning our next one. 

You Guys Are Awesome! Thank You For Donating! 

Every single dollar you contribute, we will go to making our dreams become a reality. Thank you for taking the time to read this and support us. If this is your first time hearing about GF*W Presents, please visit our website for even more info about our events: www.gfweird.com. 

Thank You!

Stay Weird,

Ryan Hart (Co Founder), Kyle Biddy (Co-Founder), & Chelsea Schwalb (Sales and Event Management)

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter feels like the first party we threw. It was Uncomfortable, Intimidating, and the most rewarding thing we've ever done.

This is our first Kickstarter and we're nervous.

We are risking it all to put on this tour. We are literally exhausting every single resource and dollar we have to make this tour possible.

We have a crew of 12 people who are sacrificing nearly 2 weeks from their personal lives to make: GF*W Presents: A Very Weird Road Trip To SXSW happen.

This is such an expensive undertaking that most of the artists and our team are not getting paid to be apart of this. We're all risking a lot to be a part of this movement and any extra donations will go to helping feed and pay our crew who are doing so much for us.

We believe that completing this tour will be the launching point for us to take our company to the next level..... and tour nationally.

Thank you one last time for all of your support. You are truly amazing people and thank you to everyone who's stood beside us so far and the ones who are joining our movement each day ! S

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    **UPCOMING DJ PACKAGE**

    The Don of TRAKTOR, DJ BOSSMAN will take you on a 1 hour DJ lesson exploring the ins and outs of TRAKTOR and the Native Instruments S4 Controller.

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    Photo shoot valued at a $200 value with Steven Key of Key Vision Photography with in 50 miles of Charlotte, NC. Anything outside of 50 miles Travel & Lodging will need to be provided.

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    Kyle Biddy will Host, DJ, and plan out a house party within 100 miles of Charlotte, NC

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