Independents' Day coming to an end

Andy Downing

All good things must come to an end.

In September, Independents’ Day will celebrate its 10th and final festival, bringing closure to an event that has grown in scope and ambition throughout each year of its existence.

“We initially set out to show a city that had challenges celebrating itself that there was much reason to do so,” said festival co-founder Adam Brouillette in a press release. “Celebrations now happen daily. We found it collectively important to ask ourselves how best to continue creating unique opportunities and experiences. Our (the Independents’ Day organizers) efforts will not be removed from the Columbus calendar, but with the limited time and resources we have we’re excited to focus our attention on creating new ways to share special experiences with our communities.”

The announcement comes as a surprise on the heels of last year’s success, which found ID expanding beyond its local scope and attracting regional/national music headliners like Cloud Nothings (Cleveland), Speedy Ortiz (Boston) and All Them Witches (Nashville), in addition to dozens of local standouts like Rashad, Mary Lynn, the Sidekicks and more. Organizers were aided by a nearly $250,000 budget — a far cry from the $1,500 in personal credit card debt accrued to fund the inaugural event in 2007.

ID is slated to return to its Franklinton stomping grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, and expect organizers to pull out all the stops for this final go-round.

“This will be our farewell festival, yes, but at the same time we're gearing up for our best festival yet,” 2017 festival Captain Shelley Mann said in the press release. “We invite all of our volunteers and fans to join us in sending off Independents' Day on a high note.”

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