Music, comedy and sci-fi fans come together at ID10T Festival in California, featuring TV On The Radio, Animal Collective and more

Chris Hardwick kicked off the first year of ID10T Fest Music Festival and Comic Conival at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. ID10T Fest brought an eclectic array of creative artists from different spectrums and drew in a really unique crowd.

The first day of the fest didn’t come without it’s share of trial and error, which is to be expected at some point during a new festival. One thing that was apparent was that the Comedy Tent was a huge hit and drew in a bigger crowd than expected. With comedians like Nikki Glaser, Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black, Michael Che and Garfunkel & Oates being a few of the names to make an appearance; there was no doubt that the tent would fill up.

Due to its high demand, many fans were left disappointed when turned away at the tent entrance due to it reaching capacity. Fire marshals quickly got involved and set strict regulations for the event in order to keep areas clear in case of an emergency. The safety regulations forced the festival to bring in a new ticket system that worked on a first-come, first-served basis that would only allow a specific amount of people to enter the comedy tent for a show of their choice. This proved to be effective, but encouraged festival organizers to strategize around this dilemma for next years round.

The mix of entertainment at the fest brought something different for everyone. Those who hadn’t experienced comic con before were able to get a taste of it with all the show panels and artist displays around the venue. The Panel Stage featured popular shows like, Futurama, Portlandia, The Magicians and Animaniacs, just to name a few. As soon as 6pm hit, the Panel Stage would quickly transform into the “ Mad Decent Dance Stage” that featured sets from popular EDM DJ’s like, Madeon, Jai Wolf, Wax Motif and Zeds Dead. Another really popular attraction that was featured was the Power Rangers Laser Tag set up. If you hadn’t known it was there, you would’ve thought the line to get into it was for a Disneyland ride.

Chris Hardwick

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead

The way everything was set up at the venue showed that the festival organizers took advantage to the venues size. Vendors filled a good part of the lot with their shop stands, where a lot of them sold handmade goods and collectables. Right next to the vendors was an area where people could take a break from walking around and sit down at a table to play a wide variety of board games.

One thing a lot fans were excited to do was showcase their best cosplay outfits. Many went dressed as their favorite fictional characters or original characters they had created on their own. Star Wars was a popular costume choice for a lot of attendees, many showing up as Storm Troopers.

As the evening neared, fans would start to make their way to the main stage to catch some of the awesome bands that were set to headline. Saturday night was headlined by Weezer and self-proclaimed “nerds”, OK GO, who praised the festival for its originality and how they felt really good playing for a crowd of fellow nerds.

Sunday’s main stage was closed out by headliners, TV On The Radio, Crystal Castles, Animal Collective and Girl Talk, who ended the night with a giant dance party on stage.

With the success of their first year; many attendees are excited to see what ID10T Fest will bring next year. There’s no doubt that this festival will grow to be something bigger in the future and keep people wanting to attend in the years to come.

Animal Collective

Portlandia Panel

Robert DeLong

Tank and the Bangas

Animal Collective

Animal Collective

Chris Hardwick

Comedy tent

Jai Wolf

John Beaver

Michael Ian Black

OK GO

Tank and the Bangas

TV On The Radio

Zeds Dead

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Music, comedy and sci-fi fans come together at ID10T Festival in California, featuring TV On The Radio, Animal Collective and more

Chris Hardwick kicked off the first year of ID10T Fest Music Festival and Comic Conival at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. ID10T Fest brought an eclectic array of creative artists from different spectrums and drew in a really unique crowd.

The first day of the fest didn’t come without it’s share of trial and error, which is to be expected at some point during a new festival. One thing that was apparent was that the Comedy Tent was a huge hit and drew in a bigger crowd than expected. With comedians like Nikki Glaser, Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black, Michael Che and Garfunkel & Oates being a few of the names to make an appearance; there was no doubt that the tent would fill up.

Due to its high demand, many fans were left disappointed when turned away at the tent entrance due to it reaching capacity. Fire marshals quickly got involved and set strict regulations for the event in order to keep areas clear in case of an emergency. The safety regulations forced the festival to bring in a new ticket system that worked on a first-come, first-served basis that would only allow a specific amount of people to enter the comedy tent for a show of their choice. This proved to be effective, but encouraged festival organizers to strategize around this dilemma for next years round.

The mix of entertainment at the fest brought something different for everyone. Those who hadn’t experienced comic con before were able to get a taste of it with all the show panels and artist displays around the venue. The Panel Stage featured popular shows like, Futurama, Portlandia, The Magicians and Animaniacs, just to name a few. As soon as 6pm hit, the Panel Stage would quickly transform into the “ Mad Decent Dance Stage” that featured sets from popular EDM DJ’s like, Madeon, Jai Wolf, Wax Motif and Zeds Dead. Another really popular attraction that was featured was the Power Rangers Laser Tag set up. If you hadn’t known it was there, you would’ve thought the line to get into it was for a Disneyland ride.

Chris Hardwick

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead

The way everything was set up at the venue showed that the festival organizers took advantage to the venues size. Vendors filled a good part of the lot with their shop stands, where a lot of them sold handmade goods and collectables. Right next to the vendors was an area where people could take a break from walking around and sit down at a table to play a wide variety of board games.

One thing a lot fans were excited to do was showcase their best cosplay outfits. Many went dressed as their favorite fictional characters or original characters they had created on their own. Star Wars was a popular costume choice for a lot of attendees, many showing up as Storm Troopers.

As the evening neared, fans would start to make their way to the main stage to catch some of the awesome bands that were set to headline. Saturday night was headlined by Weezer and self-proclaimed “nerds”, OK GO, who praised the festival for its originality and how they felt really good playing for a crowd of fellow nerds.

Sunday’s main stage was closed out by headliners, TV On The Radio, Crystal Castles, Animal Collective and Girl Talk, who ended the night with a giant dance party on stage.

With the success of their first year; many attendees are excited to see what ID10T Fest will bring next year. There’s no doubt that this festival will grow to be something bigger in the future and keep people wanting to attend in the years to come.

Animal Collective

Portlandia Panel

Robert DeLong

Tank and the Bangas

Animal Collective

Animal Collective

Chris Hardwick

Comedy tent

Jai Wolf

John Beaver

Michael Ian Black

OK GO

Tank and the Bangas

TV On The Radio

Zeds Dead

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