In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting tomorrow.
As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened Magazine will feature short interviews with bands from this year’s lineup to give you, the Manifest Music Festival lover, all of the reasons to see all of the artists performing.
Next up is S.E. Ward, whose haunting and heavy, guitar-driven indie rock kicks off the Saturday lineup at Local 506, followed by Severed Fingers, Loamlands, and Sarah Shook.
Who are you and where are you from?
Sarah Ward! Originally from Detroit, MI but raised in New England. Semi-recent North Carolinian.
How would you describe your music?
Sharon Van Etten meets Cat Power meets Hand Habits meets really sad lyrics.
Describe your last show.
We played at the NC state fair, powered through a bunch of fried food, made a lot of new friends and had our set regularly interrupted by the noise of a tractor pull.
What’s so great about Manifest III?
It’s so rad to walk into any venue and feel loved/supported. There’s so much active support bring given during any set – you tend to drop your “cool rock kid” pretenses and just have fun. Also there’s so many conversations about inclusivity and safety… if feels really intentional. Plus so many awesome people playing awesome music.
What do you have coming up?
We’re about to hit the road! This fest is the beginning of a few days up the east coast for us and we’ll be playing in Greensboro, DC, Brooklyn, Boston and Philly. Then we all want to take a break and focus on writing/recording so we can share the next great sad song.
What would you like everyone to know about your music?
We just want to envelope you in feelings.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Manifest III?
It is incredibly hard for me to pick favorites so I’m just gonna say everyone.
Why do you love/hate the South?
If all of the months were ten degrees cooler and I could walk around with a personal dehumidifier, I’d be very happy.
What is the last goddamn thing the South needs more of?
Wow. I don’t know . . . knocking down all of it’s old and beautiful places to build new ugly things?
When is the revolution? Will it be bloody or bloodless?
I think it’s happening now and it’s already pretty bloody.