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Slingshot festival to bring music, art, tech, comedy

The third annual Slingshot festival, which brings world-class innovators in music, electronic art, technology and comedy to more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Athens, will take place March 26-28.

Supported by the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Athens Music Project, a Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster, the festival will include a tech conference at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

“Welcome to ATH 2015,” said Athens musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M., a fan of the festival. “The curve just changed again with Slingshot.”

The festival’s co-founders and organizers are Eric Marty, an instructor in UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Kai Reidl, a doctoral candidate in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

In addition to attracting national and international talent, Slingshot organizers take pride in the festival’s ability to serve as a showcase for Athens itself.

Musical highlights of the festival will include DJ sets by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) as well as performances by Jamie XX, Nosaj Thing and Reptar.

Comedy Night headliners include Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches and Kurt Braunohler. The festival also will include a screening of Salad Days, a documentary about the Washington, D.C., punk scene.

The full festival schedule and details on all events and artists is at Festival passes and tickets to individual events are available at