OUT FROM THE SHADOWS FESTIVAL | 3 DAYS OF DARKWAVE & POST-PUNK
Sadly - oh god how sadly - it's true. This morning I've decided to pull the plug on Out From The Shadows VI.
Messages will be going out soon to all the bands and vendors and sponsors but thought I'd blast it out to the wider public first. While OFTS would quite likely have fit under the 250 cap (though with band members, vendors, volunteers and staff it'd have been close), the choice to go forward nonetheless seemed irresponsible, if not foolishly reckless.
COVID-19 is more of a threat than most of us, myself included, have allowed ourselves to believe, a fact that's becoming clearer as the cases ramp up here in Oregon.
If it weren't for the fact that OFTS means so much to me (and, I believe, the darkness-loving community that attends ❤ ) I probably would have taken this step days ago. But I couldn't let go of the possibility. The possibility not just of seeing the bands but of the joy inherent. It's THAT that I want to thank you all for. The love in the room during OFTS is palpable and rare, and is in itself reason to soldier on. So please, don't consider this as anything but a temporary, involuntary setback. The event is canceled, but the joy is merely postponed.
We WILL make up for it, all of us together. Not to get all new-age about it, but please join me in making that promise to each other, and see you all down the road when all this stupid dust has settled.
Love to you all...
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