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MIGRATION FEST 2016 announced

MIGRATION FEST 2016 announced



As you may have heard if you’re following either Gilead Media or 20 Buck Spin on social media, our labels will be collaborating on a three-day music festival called MIGRATION FEST. I sort of consider this the spiritual successor to Gilead Fest, which will be on a hiatus for the time being. All info available at the time of this blog post can be found below, for more up to date info please follow the fest on social media or stay tuned to migrationfest.us

Facebook page: Migration Festival – Facebook event page: Migration Fest 2016 – Instagram: @migrationfest – Twitter: @migrationfest


20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media, two of underground metal’s leading underdog record labels, will join forces in Summer 2016 to present the inaugural Migration Festival in Olympia, Washington. Jointly conceived by the two labels, Migration will primarily showcase bands from each label’s roster, as well as select other affiliated and respected artists, highlighting the distinct and contrasting styles that makes each label stand out.

Set to take place at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia on August 12, 13, and 14, the rich musical history of Washington’s small capital city makes an ideal location to celebrate the work of two labels successfully operating outside the boundaries of the big city music business.


On February 19th, 2016 at 12:00 pm Pacific time a limited number of Migration Fest early weekend passes will be made available for sale. These will be limited to a quantity of 100, and at a one time price of $99.00. These weekend passes will be available until February 22nd, or until the 100 allocated passes are sold out, whichever comes first. These tickets will be available via a link on the main page of www.migrationfest.us

General weekend pass sales will launch in March at the full price alongside the announcement of a finalized Festival lineup, both of which will be announced soon. There will be about 900 weekend passes available in total.

Thank you for your excitement thus far, we can’t wait to share this weekend with you.

– Adam & Dave / Migration Fest


The Body & Krieg collaborative performance
Christian Mistress
Dead To A Dying World
Full Of Hell
Kowloon Walled City
Mutilation Rites
Pale Chalice
Panopticon (First public live performance)
Yellow Eyes

With approximately 4 additional bands, including some headliners, to be announced later. There will also be separate after-shows to occur at a smaller local venue, also to be announced at a later date.

Ticket information, including price and on-sale date, will be announced in the near future. A full list of suggested local Olympia hotels, bars, restaurants, and other businesses will also be published soon. Nearly all of which will be within walking distance of the venue.


We will not be issuing guest list spots, press passes, or photo passes for Migration Fest.


Although we appreciate the interest of bands that want to join us for the weekend, no submissions or requests to play will be considered. Migration Fest is a curated event, all bands are personally selected by Dave and Adam from 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media.


20 Buck Spin was founded in early 2005 in the East Bay Area of California and has been based in Olympia, WA since late 2007. The label has released approximately 80 records during that time steadily increasing its yearly output and range.

“I’d heard Adam (Bartlett, Gilead Media boss) was thinking of coming West to do the next iteration of Gilead Fest. I’d been thinking of doing something similar myself for years but never had, and so suggested we join up and do something together. Adam was immediately receptive and the idea for Migration Festival was born right then.” said David Adelson, 20 Buck Spin founder. “Olympia felt right since I’m already based here, and because of its small size and walkability this is a great place to have it, both for locals, and for out-of-towners.

Gilead Media was founded in 2005 in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2007 relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the hometown of founder Adam Bartlett. Since its inception the label has focused on releasing thought-provoking art from across the spectrum of dark and heavy music.

Says Bartlett, “After two successful installments of my own Gilead Fest in this small Wisconsin town it seemed like the time was right to branch out and try something different. The idea to work with Dave and his label on a collaborative event makes perfect sense given our similar music backgrounds and diverse, but complimentary label families. And Olympia serves as the perfect central location for this type of festival.”

2016 fest?

2016 fest?

The fest situation for 2016 hasn’t even been announced yet (it’s gonna be different) and I’m already getting emails from bands that want to play. So I’ll jump the gun and put this out there:

First, It’s rad that you’re excited about the fest and want to be a part of it. That means a lot to me. Every time that weekend rolls around it’s one of the best of my life.

However, the reason the fest works and rules is because it’s a curated event built from bands the label has worked with, or bands that I have an ongoing friendship/relationship with.

This is how it goes. If it was any other way I wouldn’t want to be doing it. Stay stoked, next year is gonna rip.

See you all in Summer 2016.

My personal thanks for Gilead Fest 2014

My personal thanks for Gilead Fest 2014


It’s difficult to form my thoughts from Gilead Fest 2014 into sentences that make sense to anyone else. Three weeks have passed, and my head is still swimming with all of the feelings and experiences I want to elaborate on and make clear to you. The same text edit file where I’m currently attempting to compose this Fest wrap-up is also filled with dozens of phrases and words that would seem like random nonsense to anyone else. It is my brain on paper, so to speak. My adjustment back to the real world has been a strange one as the fog from that weekend still lingers, densely.

That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the suddenly free schedule, because it’s been something amazing to actually spend time with my friends again over the past couple weeks, even with the responsibilities of my full-time job. But that weekend of July 18th will leave an impression on me for the rest of my days, regardless how long that may be.

For a long time Gilead Fest was intended to be a one-time event. Even on the weekend of the first festival in 2012, although I told people we would “see what happened” when they asked when we could do this again, I was confident this was a one-time thing. I thought then that I couldn’t possibly handle the stress of setting up what I considered to be such a large undertaking again in the future, despite the unbelievable return on the energy I had invested. But in my heart of hearts I had the feeling that this would happen again, regardless of what my own fears, desires, or even better judgment might be, Gilead Fest had to happen again. It must.

It took me a year to realize this truth. And even when I had finally given in to the reality that there would be another Gilead Fest, I didn’t want to admit it to anyone else. I take on stress and hold anxiety heavily, and I didn’t want to put myself through that again. But there’s something I wrote on the bio for the Gilead Media site regarding the fact that this isn’t a labor of love. This is a labor of necessity. I don’t do this because I love it, I do it because I must. I don’t have a choice. This label and this music festival – I need them both in order to function.

As should be obvious to anyone that follows my work with these bands, I pour myself into this. My work is motivated by my love, my misery, my happiness, and my angst. It is intensely personal. My relationship with music is obsessive and has been since I was young. It has been my coping mechanism since I’ve realized my need to cope. This music is my life. It’s what drives me and a large part of gives me the will to carry on.

This scene and the sub-culture we thrive within together is something truly exceptional. In a world that seems to have a dark shadow lingering two steps behind it, what we’ve built together is something of immeasurable beauty and filled with a wonderful light to cast that shadow away. We all have a role to play in this drama that is our life and collective existence. Take a moment and think about what we’ve been able to accomplish together, the scope of it all. Peel back the layers of grit and filth thrown over our precious creation by the mundane nature of life and look at the true importance of what we’re involved in and how, against all reason, it thrives. Our community grows, and in turn it fuels us. This isn’t “just” music. It’s so much more than that.

Thank you to all those that attended, to the artists that came to share their work in an intimate environment, and to my volunteer staff that lent me their time and priceless energy. Every single one of you has been an integral part of the unique atmosphere of Gilead Fest. We all contributed in great ways to the positive atmosphere of that weekend, ultimately creating something much larger than ourselves. Yes, I may have brought you all to my small hometown, but I myself am not the beacon that draws us together. We collectively fuel that light with our passion and dedication and reflect it in our own lives, increasing its luminance. Thank you for being a part of that energy, for reflecting the light, and for bringing it with you to Gilead Fest. For three days this was an epicenter of something tremendously unique, exceptionally positive, and endlessly beautiful. Only through those who share that energy will an inclusive DIY community continue to grow.

Adam Bartlett, Gilead Media
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
August 13, 2014