More Daily web coverage for Fairplay’s music festival |

More Daily web coverage for Fairplay’s music festival

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FAIRPLAY – The South Park Music Festival features more than 100 independent bands and grips of industry insiders, and the Summit Daily is bringing it to readers as it happens.Taking advantages of web capabilities – streaming audio, video – the Summit Daily News has launched a special section of its website,, to showcase the festival and experiment with ways to tell a story online.The site currently includes features on several of the bands playing the Fairplay festival, which begins Thursday night. Each feature includes an audio sample from the bands’ latest releases.

Clips from live performances, photos and video of the festival will be posted to the site through the festival’s close, at around 1 a.m. Sunday.The South Park Music Festival is the brainchild of the festival’s executive music director, Matt Fecher. Fecher co-founded the Midwest Music Summit, which he said shares a similar philosophy to South Park: putting on a 100 percent independent music festival that industry persons visit every fall as a kind of retreat.He said conducting business over live music in the mountains hasn’t been a hard sell in the industry.

Fecher, who is leading the South Park Music Festival through its second year, said Fairplay was looking to start a festival. Fecher’s partnership with Fairplay includes more than 100 volunteers and he doubts if there is a Fairplay resident – of which there are about 600 – not involved in the festival.”It’s for the community as much as it is for the artists and the industry people,” Fecher said.South Park draws quick comparisons to other industry events such as CMJ in New York and South by Southwest in Austin. But Fecher said it was never his intention to mimic those festivals’ formulas.”We’re not trying to be the next South by Southwest,” he said. “We’re trying to be a more intimate retreat situation.”

Fecher said Colorado bands make up roughly 30 percent of the lineup, which includes Denver’s indie-pop act Dressy Bessy, a favorite among rock journalists and a recent guest of Conan O’Brien.”I don’t really think we have a headliner,” Fecher said. “Every band has something going on. Certainly in Colorado, Dressy Bessy is pretty huge.”Chris Kornelis can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 216, or at

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