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July 19, 2010

2010 Whartscape will be the last

dan deaconThis weekend's Whartscape will be the last, according to co-organizer Dan Deacon (pictured).

Now in its fifth year, the annual celebration of under-the-radar arts, music and culture has reached critical mass, Deacon said.

This year, the festival will feature about 120 performances on multiple stages, over the course of four days. Deacon expects about 1,000 people per day this year.

"I don't think it can get any larger," Deacon said. "We do it for the love of arranging the festival, and I still love doing it, but I don’t want it to become an institution -- something that just happens. I’d like to try something new next year and branch out." ...

Deacon and the other members of Wham City, who put on Whartscape, are considering starting a yearly outdoor festival with camping, he said. They're still not sure about the details.

"We'd want to keep it similar in size to the first Whartscape," Deacon said. "We've learned a lot over the last five years."

(Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:43 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Local music, News


too bad it's the last, have had a great time every year that I've gone - this years lineup is stellar. We need more events in the city, not less.

That being said, I think a camping style show in the area could be great. As long as it's not in the middle of a heatwave ;)

Seriously. Why should hippies have all the outdoor music festival fun?!

Sad news in the hipster world today.

Out of the 120 performances, roughly 6% are good. 10% are tolerable. The remaining 84% is like watching freshmen present their portfolio at art school. What will Baltimore do without this american apparel loving, fixed gear riding, ironic mustache having festival?

Yah, generally only 7.2 of the 120 acts are any good

Camping DURING a heatwave would be choice. What many people forget is that the heat is so great in the city because we ARE in the city.

@Millet -- Unless you were camping IN the city. That's hot!

Its the .2 of the good acts that I really enjoy.

i wanna camp in clifton park

i vote for branching out and camping in leakin park

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