San Diego IndieFest 8 Returns with Eclectic Line Up | August 16-18

July 26, 2013

San Diego IndieFest is back for its 8th incarnation! After a hiatus due to the birth of their son, San Diego IndieFest creators/ producers Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti have been busy creating a renewed look and format for IndieFest 8, still featuring the kind of roster you've come to expect— filled with formidable indie revolutionaries to excite and inspire. SDIF is still family friendly, wildly eclectic and offers a wide array of visual art, activities, film and of course, tons of music.  Headliners Cake, Talib Kweli, Best Coast and Gilbert Castellanos are among over 100 other artists and films who will be showcasing throughout the 3 day festival.  To take advantage of San Diego’s awesome summertime weather, IndieFest has moved to August 16-18, and has expanded its music program to two days, kicking off on Friday, August 16, including a Red Carpet Media Event at the Film Stage with doors opening at 5PM.

Saturday, August 17 will be the main festival day with over 75 bands, films, visual artists, comedians, dancers and poets on 6 stages. Multiple areas will still be completely free all day long: the Green Stage, the Train of Thought Open Mic Stage, the beautiful Visual Art Lanes and tons of indie artisans in between. This year’s event will include headliners Cake, Talib Kweli, Best Coast and Gilbert Castellanos among many other remarkable and diverse bands. Additional festivities on Saturday include spoken word, interactive art, dance, comedy, indie designers, delicious food and both beer and spirits offered in the beautiful 21+ area.  Sunday, August 18, the Indie Film Stage continues for the third day and will include short films, features and Q&A with filmmakers and industry pros, concluding with an awards ceremony.

IndieFest Co-producer Danelle LoPresti
In January 2013, San Diego IndieFest producers Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti were shocked when Danielle was diagnosed with a rare form of Stage 3B Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Now, with a baby and a major fight ahead of them, the question loomed— how would IndieFest 8 be able to take shape under such circumstances? The answer came in a reflection of all that had been built over the past seven years of continuously putting on this great event— community. Through powerful partnerships with Central Coast festival producer Jacqueline Delaney, production company Collective Efforts and many more remarkable people and partnerships, they’re creating a community beautifully coming together to bring forth the best IndieFest experience yet.

San Diego IndieFest is dedicated to affirming the transformative power that comes out of recognizing the independent spirit within us. Whether that manifests in music, film, art, business or community activism - it takes work, risk and dedication. Yet so much of this greatness goes unnoticed, drowned out by the constant distractions of mass media. On IndieFest weekend, you can come empty and leave fully charged as you discover one after another of these remarkable “underground” artists and change-makers.

“IndieFest 8 will be our biggest party yet, but its goal is the same: to lift spirits, open minds and empower people toward their most inventive, persevering selves,” states event producer Danielle LoPresti.

San Diego IndieFest is back at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, with tons of grass, trees, gorgeous views of the bay and tons of free parking. Tickets are onsale ($62 for 3 day, $59 for student/senior/military) and can be purchased on the IndieFest website.

For More information on IndieFest 8 please visit the website, Facebook page and Twitter handle.