Just two days following Dumb Fest, the Black Sheep announced the lineup for its eighth annual Black Sheep Fest.
The one-day festival is held on Saturday, July 25 at the Black Sheep Cafe in Springfield, Ill. Music starts at 3 p.m. and features an all-local lineup, celebrating the rich music scene in the state capital.
Our Lady, Looming, The Timmys, and Hospital Job were announced Monday as this year’s headliners. The festival includes 15 bands in all, ranging from hardcore punk to hip-hop for the first time in the festival’s history.
An all-day pass costs just $5 and is paid at the door. Black Sheep is located here.
The all-ages venue has helped sustain one of the state’s greatest music scenes since 2005, most importantly through the youth attending and playing shows. One of the 15 sets at this year’s Black Sheep Fest is reserved for the venue’s Battle of the Bands winner, which will be determined at a battle show on July 11.
Austin Connelly, who fronts Springfield band Wir Konnen saw 2015 headliners Our Lady the first time he went to the Black Sheep Cafe when he was 15. Connelly said it’s a space that helps promote creativity across the local scene.
“Each and every scene has something unique about it, I’ve come to learn. Even if one place is similar to another,” said Connelly, who has recently been on tour across the East Coast with Wir Konnen. “Springfield’s scene is booming, it’s hot, it’s trending. I’m biased as hell though because that’s where I came from. I will always see the best in it because it’s my home.”
The Black Sheep Cafe is a special place to the locals who are able to call it home, and in its 10 years it’s become a familiar place for touring bands across the country. Black Sheep Fest helps celebrate the scene that has helped sustain the national DIY scene for a decade.
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*2015 Battle of the Bands Winner*