Fashion Meets Music Festival sees some sparse crowds in debut – SLIDESHOW … – Columbus Business First (blog)
Having fashion meet music in a new festival sounds like a great concept, but when I had no problem finding a parking spot in the Arena District on Saturday evening, I got worried for the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival.
The festival had a promising lineup, featuring 50-plus bands, three stages, runway shows, fashion panels, a New York model search, and a carnival-like atmosphere. It sounded like a great way to spend some time over Labor Day weekend.
But the crowds were not there on Saturday, and from some of the vendors I talked with, the same seemed to be true on Friday as well.
The festival may have missed for several reasons. People didn’t seem to know what it was exactly. Some events were free but others had prices of $10 to $250. The logistics of the event made it difficult, with events spread among several outdoor and indoor venues across the Arena District and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where the retail marketplace was housed. That was a sad sight for the vendors, as it was mostly empty as I made my way around there about 7 p.m. on Saturday. Several had already packed up and left.
I did see plenty of musicians playing their hearts out to sparse crowds. But fashion? That got lost along the way.