Friday, June 30, 2017

First Ever ID10T Festival Wrap-up

The ID10T Festival made its big splashy  debut at the Shoreline Amphitheater this past weekend. The two day festival is the brain-child of creator Chris Hardwick, best known as 1/3 of the popular Nerdist Podcast and host of The Talking Dead. ID10T, unlike other summer festivals, brings together the comedy, music, comics, EDM, and television worlds. They all meshed together beautifully in a big, fun celebration of all the things we here at Geek Hash love.

The Festival kicked off with a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 panel moderated by Wil Wheaton. The panels continued throughout the weekend with Con Man, The Magicians, Stan Against Evil, Futurama, Animaniacs Live!, Portlandia, Harmontown, and a live Nerdist Podcast. The television panels, along with the Artists Alley, comic book panels, cosplay, and vendor booths gave the festival a fun comic convention vibe.

The Monster Energy Comedy Tent offered a line-up of comedy superstars. Some of the featured comedians were Demetri Martin, Matt Braunger, Nikki Glaser, and Jonah Ray. Chris Hardwick also surprised with a set during the festival. The Comedy Tent had such a big turnout that next year they'll hopefully be able to expand to accommodate a bigger audience.

Con Man panel

The Mad Decent Dance Tent boasted some big names including Madeon, Troyboi, Party Favor, and more. Once the music started, fans flooded the dance floor and it quickly spilled outside of the tent. Speaking to some of the attendees, quite a few of them were there mainly for the Dance Tent. It was awesome to see them dancing alongside families and Stormtroopers and other cosplayers.

On the Shoreline Main Stage, festival-goers were treated to an amazing line-up of musicians over the weekend. Weezer closed out the first night of the festival to a huge crowd. Also in attendance were Lord Huron, OK Go, and Animal Collective. The biggest discovery of the fest for me has been Tank and the Bangas. The super group, winners of NPR's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, have been in constant rotation on my playlist since learning of them.

Nerdist Podcast Live
The festival drew thousands over the weekend and was a resounding success. There really is nothing like it in the Bay Area. Speaking to attendees, they were excited to have a festival that was so diverse; they were able to get their pop-culture fix, their music fix, their comedy fix and more all in one place. All of them said that they would gladly attend next year. If the first year was any indication, the organizers should plan on expanding the festival to accommodate more attendees next year. We are definitely looking forward to covering ID10T for years to come!

Power Rangers movie costumes

The Magicians cast

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