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Columbia’s Indie Grits Festival Brings a Killer Music Lineup for 2018

If there’s ever a good time to spend a long weekend in Columbia, it’s for Indie Grits Festival. The festival is headed into its 12th year of production, and for this year’s installment they’ve booked a full 30 band lineup that is nothing short of impressive. That’s in addition to the 83 independent films, the unveiling of the “Two Cities” art project by 13 Indie Grits fellows, and independent game and media developers showcasing their work.

Indie Grits built their name as a film festival, but has always boasted a selection of musical performances to round out the weekend. In the past, though, the music curation was admittedly lacking in both variety in depth. This year they’ve made some major improvements to the musical aspect of the festival, enlisting Free Times arts & entertainment editor Jordan Lawrence to curate the lineup. The result is a stacked and eclectic selection of talented artists from many genres, spanning over the entirety of the 4-day event.

Indie Grits Festival 2018 starts on Thursday, April 12th, and runs straight through to Sunday the 15th. Full festival pass is available for $150 ($100 for members). The full pass includes admission to every Indie Grits Festival event, including film screenings and music events.

Individual tickets to music events are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Since there will be multiple shows happening at different venues at the same time, a ticket to one shows is valid for entry to all venues for the duration of the evening.

Full music lineup and schedule is broken down below. For a more detailed look, including film screenings and other special events, head on over to

Thursday, April 12th – Love, Grits, & Hip-Hop

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Tapp’s Art Center – The Space Hall of Columbia

9:30pm – Blanko
10:30pm – Niecy Blues with ET Anderson
11:30pm – 2 Slices
12:30am – ET Anderson

Tapp’s Art Center – Fountain Room

9:15pm – John Wesley Coleman III with Spider Bags
10:15pm – Spider Bags
11:15pm – Zack Mexico

Tapp’s Art Center – Skyline Room

7:00pm – DJs
9:00pm – NIKOS
10:00pm – FatRat Da Czar
11:00pm – Deniro Farrar

Friday, April 13th

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Main Street Public House

9:45pm – blue,girl
10:45pm – Sequoyah Murray
11:45pm – Boulevards

Tapp’s Arts Center – The Space Hall of Columbia

9:30pm – Bathe
10:30pm – WVRM
11:30pm – Black Tusk

Tapp’s Arts Center – Fountain Room

9:15pm – PALEFACE
10:15pm – King Vulture
11:15pm – Dear Blanca

Saturday, April 14th

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Main Street Public House

9:45pm – Danger Boy
10:45pm – Lazer/Wulf
11:45pm – Daddy Issues

Tapp’s Arts Center – The Space Hall of Columbia

9:30pm – Jphono1
10:30pm – Dylan Gilbert
11:30pm – Gyan Riley

Tapp’s Arts Center – Fountain Room

9:15pm – H3RO
10:15pm – Benjamin Starr
11:15pm – Charlie Smarts

Sunday, April 15th – Music Farm Columbia (FREE, Family Friendly)

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1:30pm – The Beast
2:30pm – Dom Flemons
4:00pm – Amythyst Kiah