MACRoCK 2005 – April 1 & 2

February 13th, 2005 · No Comments · By

Spring is coming and it’s time to start making plans for this year’s Mid Atlantic College Radio Conference (MACRoCK).

In case you don’t know what MACRock is, here’s a history and mission statement from their website:

In April, 1997, the first Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference was put on by WXJM, the JMU student-run radio station. A weekend dedicated to the progress of college radio and independent music, MACRoCk features DJs and managers from East Coast college radio stations, roundtable discussions, a label exposition and many different concerts held in the Harrisonburg area. This has become an annual event that attracts thousands of college DJs, independent bands, music industry representatives and concertgoers from all over the nation in celebration of student-run radio, independent music, independent thought and independent business.

MACRoCk strives to recognize lesser-known bands that are overshadowed within an industry dominated by corporate record labels and commercial bands. The event is a mixture of booked bands that are not on a major label and applied bands that are selected by a blind listening committee. Last year we received around 700 applications from all over the US. We pride ourselves on giving bands the exposure they need to gain success in the independent music industry.

Since the conception of MACRoCk, the number of bands and people in attendance has grown immensely. Last year alone over 6,000 people from all over the nation attended; we had participants from California, Florida, and all over the Midwest and New England. Of course, a large proportion of attendants was from the VA/DC/MD area. This benefits our sponsors who are local to Harrisonburg or VA. The crowd that comes represents a wide range of ages – high school students, a massive college draw and various music industry representatives.

All of this takes place on an extremely limited budget and without making any profit. Every penny we make goes to the preparation costs and to the bands. The committee members and staff put countless unpaid hours into planning this event, simply because we think it’s worth it. We hope you do, too.

So far, a handful of bands have been confirmed:
Hoover (reunited!)
Pig Destroyer
Municipal Waste
Misery Index
Cast Aside
An Albatross
Sun Burned Hand of the Man
Appleseed Cast
Chin Up Chin Up
Mercury Program
Refused cover band

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