Beginning in 2005, Belgium’s dunk!festival has grown into the world’s pre-eminent post-rock event. But for the potentially-cynical festivalgoer, it is more than what you may have come to expect from the bloated corporate cash-grabs that drop in every summer with cookie cutter lineups and $15 beers. Dunk!festival is about a community coming together to experience the best the genre has to offer, and it is curated not only to bring the best audio and visual experience to the table, but also to offer a friendly place for like-minded people from all over the world to gather and meet. This includes the artists, who can often be found cohabitating with fans over freshly-catered food, great beer and free coffee. Over the years, the list of bands that have graced the dunk! stage has become increasingly impressive, including the likes of Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You, Mono, God Is An Astronaut, Pelican, 65daysofstatic, Caspian, Amenra, And So I Watch You From Afar, Ef, Jakob, The Ocean and so many more, making this THE destination for post-rock and post-metal fans every May. Thirteen years after its inaugural edition, the EU festival is thriving and has become one of the major supporters of the scene. As such, focus has shifted to the next step. For as many great American post-rock bands as there are, there is no festival stateside that truly represents the genre. That changes this year.
In tandem with Bozeman, Montana’s A Thousand Arms - a growing force in the American post-rock landscape – dunk! is mounting their first ever US edition. Considering the impact that American bands have had on the global growth of this genre over the years, it only makes sense to bring this event to all the fans stateside. After a period of searching, the dunk! folks have found their second home in beautiful Burlington, VT – a town small enough to foster the intimate vibes of the Belgian festival, but also cultured enough to “get” it. It is also no doubt a wonderful destination for post-rock travelers from all points abroad. The first edition of dunk!USA will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, and should prove to be the most exciting domestic event to date for fans of the genre.
Besides offering a stage the people of dunk!festival also support a small selection of bands in releasing their albums. Since 2011 the label releases 10-20 albums a year on vinyl. The label believes in a DIY philosophy and is a one-man-operation. Of course high quality is also extremely important in this project. Vinyl is (almost) always pressed on heavy 180g vinyl and most albums have upgraded cardboard covers. A festival also running a label results in the live albums recorded at dunk!festival and released on dunk!records. Lost in Kiev, Kokomo, We Lost The Sea, This Patch of Sky, Ranges, Meniscus, Set and Setting, Pray For Sound and many others can call dunk!records their home.
Because there are more great bands than we can put on our stage or release on the label we created a webshop to support more bands in spreading their music. It has all dunk!releases but also a whole bunch of other handpicked albums. So it could be seen as our own private album collection we share with you. All albums are bought from the bands themselves or their independent labels. That way we, and our customers, fully support the scene. Records are shipped to all EU countries and the USA. (Free shipping for all €60+ order to BE and surrounding countries and for €90+ orders to other EU countries.)
Since early 2017 you are able to come and say hi in our actual dunk!store in Ghent, Belgium.
For this first edition we present 22 bands on 2 stages in 2 days. To be precise: October 7th-8th in Burlington, Vermont.
Dunk!festival first took place in 2005 and was meant for supporting the local basketball club Helios Zottegem. It soon turned out that they were more supporting us than we were supporting them. So we decided to go our own way and try to be a break even operation.
In 2013 we didn't succeed in that, at all... But with the support of our loyal fans we survived and kind of reborn on a new location since 2014.