Sacramento rock festival Swanfest is scheduled to take place April 23, but fans are unsure whether the event will still go ahead. The confusion arises following the passing of Dance Gavin Dance’s bassist Tim Feerick, whose band founded Swanfest.
What is Swanfest?
Originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed by the covid-19 pandemic, the second edition of Swanfest is meant to finally take place this month.
The festival is both organised and headlined by Sacramento natives Dance Gavin Dance. The line-up includes a range of fellow rockers, including Animals As Leaders and Knocked Loose.
If Swanfest finally goes ahead, this will be the second year of the festival, after 2019’s “huge sell out success”. The 2019 show featured acts like Periphery and Don Broco, as well as the hosts DGD.
Speaking on why the band started the festival, DGD’s guitarist Will Swan told Side Stage Magazine: “Over the past couple of years we’ve worked with countless stylistically unique bands, so we decided it would be a great idea for Dance Gavin Dance to personally curate our own festival”.
Swan went on to say: “The main goal of SwanFest is to have everyone from all parts come together, listen to some amazing music, and have a genuinely good time for a very fair ticket price.”
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What will happen to Swanfest after Dance Gavin Dance bassist’s death?
As things stand, it is unclear whether next weekend’s festival will still go ahead as planned.
Following the untimely departure of their much-loved bassist, Tim Feerick, DGD posted an official statement to Twitter yesterday.
After paying their tributes, the band said: “We will share further updates on Swanfest and our upcoming touring schedule as soon as we have them.”
In response to the difficult news of Feerick’s passing, one fan wrote: “I don’t mind at all if DGD decides to post pone Swanfest or the whole tour in general.”
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Fans react as Swanfest’s future hangs in the balance
Following the tragic news of the DGD bassist at just 34, fans are now understandably apprehensive about what may happen to the festival. As things stand today, 15 April, its future is undetermined.
Fans on Twitter expressed a range of emotions about the festival. For many, this would have been their first time seeing DGD live after the covid-19 pandemic.
Another fan wrote: “On the off chance that Swanfest is still happening we should make this a vigil for Tim.”
As of time of writing, it is still unclear whether the festival will go ahead, but we’ll keep you posted as developments arise.
In the meantime, Sacramento-based fans of DGD are took initiative by holding a vigil for Feerick.