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Clusterfest Delivers a Good Time

Clusterfest Delivers a Good Time

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Mother Falcon orchestral team in action. Photo by Rachel Ngun
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Mother Falcon Photo by Rachel Ngun
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Vocalist Claire Puckett of Mother Falcon. Photo by Rachel Ngun
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View of audiences during performance.
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Texas’s oldest university really knows how to throw a good old party. On Friday, Southwestern University held their second annual music festival, Clusterfest. This blossoming festival attracts many of our own indie loving crowd, trekking north to Georgetown. This student organized event took place right in the heart of Southwestern’s quaint campus.

The University Programming Council (UPC), a student run organization organized the festival with funding help from the school. Their hard work and careful year-long planning was evident at last night's smoothly run fest.

 The way everything sailed smoothly belied the fact that Clusterfest has only been around for two years. 

Some of the friendly student volunteers explained of how student participation was a crucial element in the successful and coherent event; from poster design and ticket sales, to publicity out in the street, members of the UPC were responsible for it all.

The lineup presented was impressive considering the young age of the event. The festival featured a medley of different groups including headliners like Sleigh Bells, a band blowing up on the national scene, and fan fave Black Joe Lewis. Beyond those big names though, the lineup also ran from Whiskey Shivers' bluegrass undertone to Mother Falcon’s orchestral sound. They created an energizing ambience for the audience; keeping everyone charmed by the diverse quality of each performance.

One of the show stealers of the night was Austin’s own Mother Falcon. Their music cannot be simply generalized to a single genre; each song they performed exposed the many layers to their style. With such a distinctive and mature sound, it is hard to believe that the band sprouted from simply an idea envisioned by a group of high school friends. The layered vocals, intriguing string play, and their on stage energy all combined to deliver a wonderful performance. They are definitely a group full of talented young musicians.

Overall, this event is truly a result of hard work and honest love of music from the unpaid student coordinators. The way everything sailed smoothly belied the fact that Clusterfest has only been around for two years. This fresh breath of affordable and fun music festival is one to watch out for in the near future. With that potential, this young festival should continue to grow.