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hoosierhiver
10-22-2013, 10:31 AM
What's the most important factors for you in regards to a Ukulele Festival?

You can choose more than one.

hoosierhiver
10-23-2013, 03:43 AM
Interesting results so far

Uke Republic
10-23-2013, 06:55 AM
Great topic.

maryagn3s
10-23-2013, 10:39 AM
excellent poll but i'd also like to see versions that took account of geography... as an american living in the UK i can say that american uke fests differ from those in the UK and then there's the mainland European ones and the ones in the Southern Hemisphere...

i wonder if we all like workshops as much as the next, for example. :)

ichadwick
10-24-2013, 12:55 AM
A location less than an hour's drive away...

hoosierhiver
06-29-2015, 01:46 PM
I'm bumping this as it's festival season and I thought the results were surprising.

Nickie
06-29-2015, 04:54 PM
Mike, tickets go on sale soon for TBUG, and we're going again this year. What the hay, it's a 20 minute drive. Believe it or not, what's most important to me isn't among the choices. Last year I nearly froze to death in that damn building. This year I'm wearing ALL my warmies!
2nd most important is my friends will be there, and third is good intermediate workshops.
I wish there was enough room for everyone who wants to go. The venue is too damn small.

k0k0peli
06-29-2015, 05:08 PM
Dunno, I've ever attended any, although the upcoming Wine Country fest around Napa CA is tempting. That's a 3-hour drive and will require overnight accommodations. Workshops may be the main draw; we'll see how my uke-newbie wife is doing before we buy tickets. Temperature is also a consideration; we won't survive being sun-blasted in unsheltered seats anywhere. Performing stars would be nice but not necessary. Jamming? Whatever. Our fave so far was a Celtic fest with John Renbourne (guitar), Kevin Carty (fiddle) and Moira O'Connell (voice) giving free workshops. Hard to top that!

Captain Simian
06-29-2015, 05:33 PM
Something that I've mentioned before is that I'd like to see at festivals is a workshop on how to set up your uke. Filing a nut an saddle, how to shave down at bridge, basics. Maybe a more advanced workshop also on fret work, installing electronics, and neck resets. Not sure how to pull something like that but I think it would be quite popular.

kohanmike
06-29-2015, 07:14 PM
Something that I've mentioned before is that I'd like to see at festivals is a workshop on how to set up your uke. Filing a nut an saddle, how to shave down at bridge, basics. Maybe a more advanced workshop also on fret work, installing electronics, and neck resets. Not sure how to pull something like that but I think it would be quite popular.

I like this suggestion. I also like many booths and vendors, random performances apart form the stage, and especially a load of food trucks.

Rllink
06-30-2015, 02:47 AM
Two things , nice accommodations, we don't like camping very well, and other outside activities. I noticed that one has not gotten a lot of votes, but my wife is not a ukulele person, and she likes to wander off, especially during the day, and do other things.

wayfarer75
06-30-2015, 03:00 AM
Two things , nice accommodations, we don't like camping very well, and other outside activities. I noticed that one has not gotten a lot of votes, but my wife is not a ukulele person, and she likes to wander off, especially during the day, and do other things.

I agree. I don't see my husband and daughter hanging with me all that much at a uke fest.

Jon Moody
06-30-2015, 03:22 AM
Something that I've mentioned before is that I'd like to see at festivals is a workshop on how to set up your uke. Filing a nut an saddle, how to shave down at bridge, basics. Maybe a more advanced workshop also on fret work, installing electronics, and neck resets. Not sure how to pull something like that but I think it would be quite popular.

We did something like that this year at the Mighty Uke Day in Lansing, MI in May. Chester handled some of the mechanics you mentioned, I spoke on strings (choosing them, stringing them up), etc.. From the feedback, we're going to do two classes next year; a beginner and intermediate level one.

uke-garou
06-30-2015, 05:22 PM
I'm bumping this as it's festival season and I thought the results were surprising.

What were you expecting for the results? Just curious.

KaraUkey
06-30-2015, 09:21 PM
I like to jam and perform as well as see what vendors have to offer.

Pippin
06-30-2015, 09:36 PM
For me, it's a networking event. I like to see the vendors and speak with them. I also like seeing the new instruments and providing feedback on the designs, wood combinations, and plink on a few to hear the tone. There are lots of great luthiers and manufacturers these days. Not many of them visit the festivals in the Midwest and East, though.

TBUG is a good event. They have a bit of everything, but Nickie is right, too small, air conditioning is too cold, and the place is in a bad location when construction makes navigation hard (like in 2010).

earljam
07-01-2015, 12:21 PM
I liked the way the UWC was set up, (isn't anybody going to put up pics already?) - for me its all about the social aspect and jamming with others.

katysax
07-01-2015, 01:37 PM
For me it's all about the social aspect. If there are performers that are fun to watch - that's a bonus. I don't care much about the workshops - they are never advanced enough. A location relatively close to home is good too - not too far to drive. I pretty much only want to go if my friends are going.

Nickie
07-01-2015, 02:56 PM
Something that I've mentioned before is that I'd like to see at festivals is a workshop on how to set up your uke. Filing a nut an saddle, how to shave down at bridge, basics. Maybe a more advanced workshop also on fret work, installing electronics, and neck resets. Not sure how to pull something like that but I think it would be quite popular.

Auggie and Donna LoPrinzi did just that for us at TBUG one year.

"For me it's all about the social aspect. If there are performers that are fun to watch - that's a bonus. I don't care much about the workshops - they are never advanced enough. A location relatively close to home is good too - not too far to drive. I pretty much only want to go if my friends are going. "

Katy, I agree, I'm very social. If none of my friends were going, I'd go and make new friends! The workshops still challenge me, because my skillset is still very limited. But I'm learning all the time.

ukulelekarcsi
07-01-2015, 11:15 PM
Oh, and I like trying out other people's instruments as well. An admiring look and a polite question usually do the trick.

Ukejenny
07-03-2015, 07:03 AM
I'm not well traveled as far as uke fests go, but I like a laid back feel, people being able to meet and talk, getting to see different people at open mic - and I don't mean professionals, but people who just want to share. I think it should be comfortable enough for the non-professionals and then maybe save the "big acts" for the end.

hoosierhiver
09-18-2016, 07:11 AM
I'm bumping this post because it was on my mind and I had to look it up again. I still find the results incredibly interesting.

M3Ukulele
09-18-2016, 07:19 AM
To me vendors, hear a variety of performers, intermediate works just shops and always hoping to see a big name act. But number see vendors and play ukuleles I've played before. Cool also to meet people from the forum. Great topic.

OhioBelle
09-18-2016, 11:08 AM
Haven't had the chance to go to one - yet! Looking forward to next year's UWC. Already talked a friend into going!

Nickie
09-18-2016, 02:31 PM
The only one I've ever been to is TBUG. This is my 5th year. I really love hanging out with my friends and jamming, and the concerts, and the vendors. We're gonna miss Mim this year. I heard that Donna LoPrinzi may be bringing a lot of ukes......

Ukuleleblues
09-18-2016, 02:52 PM
Open mic is always big at our events, we always put those last. The first event we ever put on (it was small) I told the crowd if anyone wanted to come onstage to play along to come on up. The next thing I knew 2 folks were left in the audience!

stevepetergal
09-19-2016, 05:57 AM
Nearby lodgings with a masseuse and champagne room service after midnight.