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Corporate Greed at High Water Festival

How High Water Festival Could Do More for Charleston, SC

High Water Festival took a 30% cut of merch sales from the artists who played at their festival. For one rising independent artist, this meant selling out of merchandise but losing almost $500 to fees imposed by Live Nation. The festival also had just two water stations accessible to General Admission ticket holders, with $6 cans of Live Nation™ Liquid Death for sale at every corner.

This is all to drive home the point that I can’t stop talking about lately: Corporations have way too much influence in the music industry.

We published two reviews of High Water Festival on Extra Chill this week. One is a firsthand account from Assistant Editor Kate Bryan, and the other is a more pointed critique of the event by yours truly.

How High Water Festival Could Do More for Charleston, SC

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Shovels & Rope, High Water Festival Curators. Photo by Sarah Grace Sherbondy (@sg.mgmt)

My High Water Festival 2024 Diary (Photos + Review)

Photo by Mikayla DiDonato (@mikaylamariefilm)

In addition to all of the in-depth High Water Festival coverage, we’ve had a lot of other things going on at Extra Chill.

Saturday night we had our show at the Royal American with Persona La Ave and Abstract – That Rapper, and there’s a photo gallery from it on the blog now, courtesy of Mary Goff. We drew a respectable crowd of over 200 despite being opposed to Andy Frasco’s sold out two-night rager down at the Pour House.

Persona La Ave with Strxct & the Homies at The Royal American (Photos)

Photo by Mary Goff (@megoff4).

Thaddeus Adams aka Indi’Gxld dropped in for a fresh #GxldApproved review of Charleston rapper Aidey’s latest album, You Snooze, You Lose, which he compares to the 2010s nostalgia of artists like Mac Miller, Asher Roth, and Gym Class Heroes.

#GxldApproved: Aidey – You Snooze, You Lose

I had an interesting opportunity pop into my inbox last week, which was a premiere of the new album from the drummer of the legendary Los Angeles band the Osees, Dan Rincon, called Spotlight City. When I was in Austin for SXSW I had multiple people mention legendary Osees shows that happened in town. I even heard a rumor that they played at the Charleston Tin Roof many years ago.

Premiere: Dan Rincon of Osees Releases Debut Solo LP, Spotlight City

Upcoming Extra Chill Events

We have two events out in the world now, with two more set for announce soon, including Extra Chill Fest. Community members will see the lineup early & get a special early bird discount (more on that later).

TWEN with Mantra at Charleston Pour House – June 9th


Wu-Tang Clan & Rage Against the Machine Tribute at Music Farm – June 28th