The Cleveland National Air Show and that hillbilly Luke Bryan may be heading to the shores of Lake Erie on the weekend before Labor Day…but sorry, Cleveland, Columbus trumps that with the second annual Fashion Meets Music Festival, coming September 5 & 6 to Columbus’ Arena District. The two-day, four-stage festival features a variety of the best acts in live music and some of the most talented designers in the country. The event fuses two loves into one celebration elevating music and fashion into an experience featuring live performances, runway shows, local food, beverages, and more!
We checked in with Fashion Meets Music Festival spokesperson Melissa Dickson for some insight about what fans can expect at the festival.
Picking Columbus as the festival location was really a no brainer. After all, Columbus IS where fashion and music meet!
Dickson explained, “Believe it or not, Columbus has always been a very popular and high known music town. More recently, an article emerged in 2013 about Columbus, Ohio really taking that notation on being third most fashion forward city in the United States, right behind New York and L.A., with San Francisco actually coming in fourth.”
Both days an eclectic mix of top notch musical acts. Saturday will feature performances by hip-hop sensation Ludacris, indie rock kings Young the Giant, Ohio State bred O.A.R., and two of the most underrated acts on the market today, Allen Stone and ZZ Ward, just to name a few.
Sunday brings Alt/Emo rockers Taking Back Sunday along with three of CleveRock’s favorites: Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Lights, and Bahamas. [Full list of performers, stage assignments, set times, etc., can be found RIGHT HERE!]
As for the fashion side of things, Dickson tells us: “It’s our differentiation in many ways. It’s an opportunity to grow and expand the brand itself. The fashion tent is located in the epicenter of the festival’s footprint itself. It will have a 60 foot runway and will be very high energy. We have a variety of different live bands playing each day with different designers. They’ve worked on different sets, they’ve worked with the models, their outfits, their designs, the music they are going to play… so it’s going to be more of a fusion area where you see the musicians and designers really coming together. It’s going to be a really exciting area.”
Music and fashion may be the namesake of the festival, but there will also be art featured as well, primarily from Columbus College of Art and Design “Art in the Park is something we wanted to bring on and do in our own special way. We worked with CCAD and we really wanted to incorporate students attending CCAD in curating art installations and different things throughout the year,” Dickson tells us. “We wanted to display them and give them a voice. It’s not huge, it’s just an example of this great college we have here with CCAD and how important they are to the city of Columbus.”
In addition to some fantastic local art, The World We Want, a public art project where attendees will be able to write about their greatest fears, biggest aspirations and the world they wanted to live in on an enormous chalkboard, will also be making an appearance.
While only in its second year, FMMF is already on its way to becoming popular far outside of Central Ohio. Dickson tells us the festival has already sold tickets to consumers in 33 states and four countries (up from 15 states and two countries in 2014). She projects attendance to be anywhere from 8,000 – 10,000 patrons per day.
“If you love music and you want to have a really amazing experience…don’t let the fashion scare you if that’s not your thing. We will have some of the coolest food trucks and shopping vendors and some of the most amazing artists in one area,” Dickson said. “Where can you see all of these bands in two days? And if you want to check out a runway show, you can!”
Two day general admission tickets are priced at $99.99, while VIP admission for the weekend is available for $189.99. One day passes are also available and priced at $59.99 for GA and $109.99 for VIP. Tickets are subject to additional service fees and may be purchased, RIGHT HERE!
Stay tuned for a detailed feature coming later this week! Full festival information can be found on the official website, here: http://fmmf.us/