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    Default What actually goes on at a Ukulele Fest?

    I see there are workshops and vender's and such (looking at the NYC one). These work shops is like someone goes on a giant stage and teaches you techniques? and theres just a huge mass of pple in front of the stage? or does one have to sign up for a workshop and its more personal? Also serious question is it really worth the $100 ticket?

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    P.S i look forward to reading responses like : Well at a ukefest usually it first starts by praying to the uke god, then sacrificing a small rooster. Then everyone gets in two parallel lines and plays water balloon toss and the winners get to make up the new ukefest hand shake for the year.

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    What happenz at uke fest, stayz at a uke fest.

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    Haven't been to one yet, but I'm 90% sure I'll be at the one in NYC. From what I gathered, once you pay up front, you're free to go to any of the workshops/concerts or check out the vendors.

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    just don't forget to bring your goat-leggings.

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    I've only been to two of them, but you get workshops, performances, and jam sessions. The vendors come out, too. They bring A LOT of ukes.

    $100 isn't bad for the lineup of musicians they've got. You get to see some great performers all in 3 days for only $100.

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    And then there's the envy,lots and lots of uke envy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deach View Post
    What happenz at uke fest, stayz at a uke fest.

    That's right. And the building goes up in a ball of flame at the end.

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    i'm gutted i don't think we get anything like that in the uk, if there is they're quiet about it.

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    (begin gloating because i live in hawai'i)

    well, every year, the Roy Sakuma 'ukulele festival is free. no admission, just hardcore performances, major vedor booths (last year there was KoAloha, Kala, Kamaka, G-string[Acabooe was there], Kanilea, PuaPua), and food (dippin dots!!!).

    (end gloating because i live in hawai'i)
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    Lacerveza, there ARE uke fests in the UK, but not like the one in New York. To promote a uke event in a large city is SERIOUSLY expensive, so they are on a smaller scale, and usually out of town. There's been a one day event in Kidderminster already this year, and another is planned for October. The Oswestry festival is every two years (last and next). There is the camping weekend at Hollesley, Suffolk at the end of July (that's the biggie), and there will be other camping or pub based gatherings at a couple of places. If it's workshops you're looking for, Steven Sproat is holding some (there's one in Oxford soon). Then there is a growing club scene around the country.

    There is quite a bit going on. You'll find details on Ukulele Cosmos.

    Ukantor.

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