Treefort Music Fest organizers had hoped to garner a wider audience of music fans this year, so they brought in a mix of well-known and under-the-radar bands for the indie festival. Over the course of five days, more than 400 bands performed at venues across downtown Boise.
Festival Director Eric Gilbert says it’s too early to say whether this year’s Treefort will end up in the black. The festival hasn’t broken even in its previous three years. But Gilbert says the warm and sunny weather – and the fact that the festival fell during spring break in Boise – meant there was an influx of new people at the event.
“Growth seems like it’s going to continue to happen," says Gilbert. "My biggest concern continues to be maintaining the culture of the event and the community spirit of it. Once again, it’s held for this year, despite an influx of numbers the spirit is really strong."
Gilbert says the acts who played the festival were impressed.
“I’ve heard nothing but raves from all the artists about being blown away by the city as a whole and the treatment from the festival and the fans.”
Preliminary counts show ticket sales were higher this year than in previous years. Gilbert says attendance at the micro-forts has increased this year as well, especially at the Treefort film festival.
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