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Bands announced for the Madison Halloween party on State Street
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Tom Wangard (left) and Brandon Sivret (right) of the Halloween Action Committee announce the preliminary band line-up for "Freakfest on State Street" during a press conference at the top of State at noon on Thursday, Oct. 12.
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Amid a brisk wind and intermittent flurries, promoter John Kunz and the founders of the Halloween Action Committee announced a preliminary band line-up for "Freakfest on State Street." Seven bands were announced: I Voted for Kodos, The Crest, Plunket, Mighty Short Bus, DJ Jeremy Thomas, Paper Tiger and Depth Beyond Depth.

These are only the first seven bands; others are expected to be announced in coming days. "There's just a ton of work that's been put together between the students and me to get together the right talent for this performance," says Kunz, who goes on to explain that the bands were ultimately selected by the students. Kunz also says that there will be one or two surprises announced in coming days. "We're still working on that," he says, "and that's why we're not releasing the whole line-up."

These announcements were made at a press conference held in front of the Carroll Street stage at the top of State Street, adjacent to the Madison Children's Museum and the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum. Held shortly after noon on Thursday, Oct. 12, the press conference featured short statements from three persons: Tom Wangard and Brandon Sivret of the Halloween Action Committee, followed by Kunz. The full press packet distributed at the event is available as a PDF in the related downloads at top right.

These announcements can be viewed in a video clip from the press conference. Due to the strong breeze, comments made by Tom Wangard in the first half of the clip are not audible. However, the subsequent announcements made by Brandon Sivret can be heard clearly.

Wangard and Sivret focused primarily upon their work with helping in the organization of the event before announcing the entertainment. They said that their relationship with the city is a partnership, and that complaints about the plans set for the event are unconstructive.

All seven of the bands announced will be donating their efforts to "Freakfest," with the music set to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and ending at 1:30 a.m. The last bands are expected to begin playing around midnight, Kunz notes, at the both stages, to be located on Gorham Street (next to the Buckeye Parking Lot) and at the top of State Street.

There are also 18 food vendors currently set for the party; many of these are familiar food carts (such as Buraka and Taste of Jamaica) that are regularly located on the UW Library Mall.

"Our goal is to make this whole event memorable," Kunz concludes, "and make the experience worthwhile for everybody."

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