What is PlunderFest?
By the upmost straight forward meaning of its name "Take the festival", by all means, we want you to do just that! We are giving you ((anyone attending)) safe artistic freedom as artists to spread your wings. You are encouraged to go all out, live your dream, be inspiring, be jaw dropping, CREATE!
Plunderfest is much, much more then a music or art festival.... PlunderFest is an experience! There are two types of people who attend our festival. The watcher, and the participant. We can promise you, by the end of the weekend you're a participant.
While we are NOT a non-profit, all proceeds gained from the festival go right back into Its self to create a better experience for the following year. If our proceeds ever reach a million dollars.... you better believe we are putting on one hell of a million dollar show the following year!
We have a pretty huge goal to do something for the midwest that has never been done before..... and let me explain how and why....
Usually a typical concert takes place in a gated venue. If there is to be camping, it is usually in a separate area OUTSIDE of the gated music area, and not a very pleasant walk to get back and forth or a hassle to get in and out of a secured zone for both security and patron.
Usually a typical concert has specified hours of am-pm and once the music stops... you are left to your own device, shuffled out of the music area as quickly as can be and gates are locked till the next concert day. The in-between is left to your own mind. Not always entirely fun..
These are the first 2 things Plunderfest sought after as a foundation for change.
We have one major zone.... Everything happens within ONE area. All festival activities take place in ONE area. Leaves out all complication and the annoyance that goes with it.
Then there is the foundation that makes PlunderFest what it is! It's NOT just about music... it's about participation! CREATION! Taking a piece that shows who and what you are... and allowing others to safely view your dream in a scape that holds no time limits nor boundaries outside of safety.
The music part of it : We offer our creative gift to the patron. We create a stage, a show, music, and talent from all over the world. Hard thought and countless hours of planning to ensure a magical show happens by day in the concert area with musical appearances from artists known through out.
The real magic happens everywhere else.... Sculptures, art installations, custom built stages, fun houses, cool down areas, simple to amazingly complex structures that have full interaction with you! YOU are the artist, YOU are the patron, YOU are the festival... YOU are what we care about and YOU are the reason the magic exists!
Our musical gift follows the guidelines of the law for keeping hours of timed sound.... HOWEVER once the music is over there is playground of possibility only limited by the creation / artist. If you want to see it, we encourage you to build it and share it!
Think about it... you may not even be interested in the music but your whole purpose might be to create a fun house, a giant castle, a water station....
To have a festival that truly caters to EVERYONE of all ages!
THE SUPER HUGE POINT we have to stress is the shier size of the venue we are currently calling home. It's literally MILES of open fields, trees, and gorgeous land!!! The ability to grow the festival into the largest midwest festival isn't just a dream.. THIS IS A very very REAL thing!
We NEED your help to make this possible.
What does PlunderFest provide for the artists who attend?
We provide a safe space that allows you as an artist to create your wildest dream creation. It doesn't matter if you're a band and just want to create a large scale stage show, or a visual artist who just wishes to create something magical. PlunderFest will find a home for you on its massive grounds.
We would love to be able to help fund your creations for the show. Outside of functional production costs we may have an overage. Some of that overage will then be presented as an artists fund.
Lets say you have a creative concept that you would love to build for PlunderFest and this creation could be used to help benefit you as an artist AFTER the show. You could put in for a PlunderFest grant and we could help fund your individual project. This in turn would help us create a larger spectacle for the festival and allow you to grow as an artist once the show is over, taking a piece of the festival home with you, your personal plunder.
What do your pledges mean to PlunderFest?
We dream in HUGE. We have always taken the words "Go big or go home" quite seriously. After 2 years of hard dedication in supporting the artists, we need your help to launch this project into hyperspace.
If we are able to reach a goal of $28,000.00 (set at $30,000.00 to allow for fees).
We can build a world first stage light show display. This stage display would consist of a 28 feet of High Definition LED fabric and DMX controlled moving stage lights.
With your pledges we would be able to purchase enough sectional LED fabric to cover a large scale outdoor stage, and roughly 20 Intelligent moving lights.
This concept lighting rig would allow us to change around the stage show each year, creating a different stage illusion, without adding to our production cost... allowing us to cater to the artists further.
We have already received sponsorship from the manufactures to help reduce the cost of this production to an affordable cost... however we need your help to be able to bring this to production to a reality.
If we receive anything above and beyond the amount we seek ((as $30,000.00 barely scrapes the barrel of what we could do with the money...)), it will go directly into the festival funding to create a better show for everyone.
Other projects projects include but are not limited to :
Solar LED's for a giant field maze to light up the floor and trees.
Solar color changing jelly fish to hang in trees.
Wood for our large wooden phoenix remembrance sculpture we burn on friday,
Supplies to donate to our medical staff, (as they donate free time to us.)
Gifts to give our ticket holders upon entree,
Too much stuff to list....
Larger structures to build for ticket holders,
An art fund FOR OTHER artists who do't have the money to fully fund a dream.
((we wish to pay it all forward))
If you wish to contact us for any reason you may do so at the following:
We dearly appreciate your time, and thank you far in advance!
"I wish I could put it into writing what this festival as a whole means to me.. To be able to give such a huge gift.... but I simply can't..... You just have to experience the magic to understand, then it will never leave your heart, just as it's never left mine." -Sean Farrell / Founder of PlunderFest