In a little under a week, post-rock’s finest festival will have made it to American shores. Those of us who have been lucky enough to attend the original know what an incredible experience it is, and a glance at the powerhouse lineup on offer is as strong an indication as any that Dunk!USA will be just as memorable.
Much of Dunk!’s charm comes from its remote location and intimate atmosphere among bands and fans alike. As a small college town with a vibrant cultural scene, lovely nature retreats, and probably more craft breweries than you can visit in one weekend, Burlington is the ideal spot to host – but of course, none of this would mean anything without the bands. And considering this is the inaugural event, the organizers have hit it big: International titans of the scene, like Russian Circles and Pelican, join some of the best post-rock North America has to offer (and Zhaoze, making the trip all the way from China). In addition, artists like Emma Ruth Rundle, arms and sleepers, and Sad Turtle will throw their own unique styles into the mix and make sure we don’t all get too caught up in flannel, fog machines and reverb.
And as anyone who’s been to Dunk! before knows: No two bands play at the same time, so if you’re up for it, you don’t have to miss a single show the entire weekend.
If you’re already in the area or getting into town early enough, there’s a pre-festival showcase Friday, October 6th, at The Monkey House, featuring Lehnen, Man Mountain, and local bands Ghastly Sound, Savage Hen, and KiefCatcher.
Anyone still not convinced need only take a look at the festival schedule:
Higher Ground, the festival venue, will have food trucks catering to the needs of all of us festivalgoers throughout the weekend, but for those looking to explore Burlington’s generous craft beer scene, here are a few brewery recommendations (courtesy of long-time Burlingtonite and Arctic Drones team member David Zeidler):
You won’t want to miss this if you can make it!