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Shoegazers to Descend on Asheville October 1st for “Static Bliss” Festival

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Saturday, October 1st, Asheville Shoegaze, an ever growing Asheville music community, will present “Static Bliss,” one of the bigger festivals of its kind in the US, and will showcase Shoegaze, Dreampop and Psychedelic Rock from all over the east coast. The event will be held at The Garage at Biltmore, 101 Fairview Road.

The festival is being organized by Asheville Shoegaze founder Ashe Ruppe, who has had success in the past organizing shows in Asheville and other U.S. Cities. The Shoegaze genre can be traced back to the late 80s and early 90s, with pioneering bands such as Jesus and The Mary Chain, Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine and others. More recently, there has been a resurgence of the genre, identifiable by its distorted guitar and subdued vocal styles, though some would argue that it never really went away.

The bands who have signed on for this event are: Ceremony, The Stargazer Lilies, Screen Vinyl Image, Last Remaining Pinnacle, The Sunshine Factory, Pan Galactic Straw Boss, The Sky Drops, and local favorites Knives and Daggers and Glass Arcana (Ruppe’s band.) Additional bands may be added. With a roster such as this, a sellout has been predicted.

“We’re still confirming one or two bands, but it’s really coming together. There will probably be eight or nine bands total from all over the east coast, plus one or two Djs from Charlotte and Chicago,” Ruppe said, “If all goes well, we could make Static Bliss an annual event in Asheville,” he added, “With so many good bands with worldwide recognition, I have the feeling it will be packed with people from all over.”

Tickets will go on sale on September 1st and will be available through the Asheville Shoegaze page as well as at the door. Tickets will be priced between $15 and $30 for limited VIP passes.

About Asheville Shoegaze: Founder, Ashe Ruppe, started  Asheville Shoegaze to see if people in Asheville would embrace this style of music and to see if the scene would support playing live. Since its inception earlier in the year, it has grown steadily and has received attention from Shoegaze labels and many touring bands looking for a venue before or after Atlanta shows.

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