The No Limits Festival, billed as an event to help young bands reach the next level and compete for the opportunity to play alongside DJ Abilities, Wiping Out Thousands, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and Carnage the Executioner, rolled well through the day at McNally Smith and culminated with a block-busting show at THE GARAGE. (You may have heard Mark Wheat mention it on the Current, pronouncing it “THE GAIR-AGE.”)
The day kicked off with a panel of industry experts: Sean McPherson of Heiruspecs, Andrea Swensson of the Current, Alaine Dickman and Taylor Nelson of Wiping Out Thousands, Neil from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and our very own Jack Kolb-Williams, featured in the photo up top laying out how not to spread yourself too thin.
Members of participating bands–Big Dog and the Pound, Stereo Confession, Past September, Every Breath, The Significance of Simon, Wang Mango, and Chef Sam and the Lunch Ladies–played fifteen minute sets and broke out into four workshops. Two featured Andrea Swensson talking about how to make the most of social media and how to approach the press and talent buyers; Koo Koo Kanga Roo schooled on booking local shows as well as hitting the road; Taylor and Alaine from Wiping Out Thousands explained how they’ve made pay-what-you-want work.
All participants left with new insights into their industry, but it was Wang Mango who left with a spot in the night’s huge line-up at THE GARAGE.
Great sets from Christopher Michael Jensen (no pictured, Logan’s fault 😦 ), Strangers (Tyler Nelson and Dem Atlas), Wang Mango (winners of the No Limits Festival competition at McNally Smith), Carnage the Executioner, Wiping Out Thousands, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and DJ Abilities.