By: Alex D.
As festivals go, over the past ten years we have seen the top tier (Lollapalooza, Coachella, Governors Ball, etc.) become less must-see and more luxury. In that time, there has been a heavy rise in the amount of smaller festivals in cities ready to build their music communities.
On March 3, another Columbus music celebration, Steadfast 2018, kicked off its third year in major style, moving its location to Strongwater from Veritas Community Church. A change of location proved to be a great decision by organizer Ryan Getz, making the event more accessible to the fanbase its garnered over the past few years.
Hosting the 12 slotted bands on two alternating stages proved to be the best setup in the dual-roomed space. Guests were able to obtain band merch along the outer edges of the crowd floor, where fans could mingle with the performing acts.
The whole vibe was extremely open and welcoming. You could hear people getting to know each other between sets and making plans for the next time they would see the performing band together.
Speaking of the performers, highlights of the night were:
Day Wave with his smooth indie rock that had all of Strongwater swaying in head-bobbing elation.
Shiny Penny was a band I had no prior knowledge of that had me sold at soundcheck with the funky bass warm-up riffs. Not to mention the stellar set they put on as clean and professional as any top 40 band you would see. Vocals and instrumentation were seamlessly amazing.
Then you have the local heroes. Mister Moon had me on sensory overload for its set. Between the drum syncopation and the synth giving my hips a start, I was starstruck.
Then the ever-pleasant Playing to Vapors graced the stage with the poise of seasoned performers and gave reason to dance into the night.
Steadfast Festival 2018 was a real success and you could feel it in the room. There was something special happening everywhere you went. I hope this festival continues to grow and develop similar success to Independent’s Day Fest.