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Photo gallery: Thirteenth annual BLED FEST 2017 in Howell

The thirteenth edition of the annual music festival celebrated diversity and unity in music and local DIY communities.

/Joanna Bongard

Held May 27th at the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, Michigan, the thirteenth-annual BLED FEST music festival transformed the former high school into a multi-stage venue for music spanning a wide range of genres for people of all ages, races, genders, and orientations. On top of over sixty musical performances, the festival agenda included multiple panel discussions for artists and audience members alike to analyze the current musical climate and DIY communities, and how to improve them in regards to inclusivity and cultural progression. The day was filled with energy and sound, and it was difficult not to develop of a sense of kinship while exploring the school, seeing old friends and making new ones while listening to each act.

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Click on the image below for a gallery of photos from BLED FEST.




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