The Fashion Meets Music Festival announces its initial slate of performers

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As evidenced by Kanye West's recent appearance on the cover of Vogue, the worlds of fashion and music are increasingly intertwined. Now a new festival scheduled to take place in and around the Arena District late this summer is embracing the relationship.

The three-day Fashion Meets Music Festival (or FMMF for short), which runs Aug. 29-31, is set to feature 250 bands and 300 music and fashion labels, according to a press release. And now we're getting our first taste of the music lineup being assembled by organizers.

The full slate of bands performing on the free stages (the fest will also include ticketed shows from a number of bigger, still-to-be named acts) was announced on Thursday evening during a launch event at The Three-Legged Mare, and includes the following: Afroman, Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons, Bad Veins, Brick + Mortar, Cadaver Dogs, Captain Kidd, Carbon Tigers, Circa Survive, Citizen, Cold War Kids, Envoi, Forest & The Evergreens, G Finesse & The N.S., Hydra Melody, Jared Mahone, Joey Hendrickson & The Sleepless Nights, Kid Runner, Local Natives, Mary Lynn, Modern Baseball, Mojoflo, New Found Glory, New Hollow, NGHBRS, Nick D & The Believers, OceanSpeak, Parachute, Playing to Vapors, Post Coma Network, Runaway Brother, Santah, Sassafras, Spencer Sutherland, Switchfoot, The Modern Electric, The Soil & The Sun, The Teddy Boys, The Wet Darlings and Truslow.

On the fashion side, local designer Kelli Martin, who competed on "Project Runway" and founded the Alternative Fashion Mob, is scheduled to participate.

FMMF is an undeniably huge undertaking, spanning dozens of venues and locations and including everything from a Fashion Meets Fitness race to, uh, a zipline.

"We know we can pull it off," said Bret Adams, co-founder of the Fashion Meets Music Festival, discussing organizer's ambitious plans. "There's no one that's started a festival on a first-year scale like this, so I think we have a lot to prove to people."