When we started Grilledcheesapolooza, we had no idea where we were headed.
I’d like to think that those 17 year old versions of us would be proud. I've been trying to remember the moment when we decided to build a music festival, and I can't. It happened organically. Well, maybe we had some help. Somewhere between year two and year three, Darrell and Jackie Thackeray decided that Grilledcheesapolooza was bigger than their backyard, and by that I mean the glamour of having their sons metal band perform in the backyard had worn off.
I’d like to think that today’s Grilledcheesapolooza would blow our little 17 year old minds.
Gloating aside, it hasn’t been easy.
To say that starting a music festival “has a steep learning curve” would be a significant understatement. There is no manual. There is no 12 step guide. No one will tell you how to do it, and If you are lucky enough to find them, listen to them.
In the beginning, the planning committee was composed of a half dozen or so interested volunteers, most of us in our teens, some of us just starting university. None of us had any experience organizing events. Everything we’ve accomplished has been through trial and error. More often than not, we’ve had to learn from our mistakes.
For the last 5 years the Grilledcheesapolooza planning committee has been largely made up of the same core 6 volunteers. We have motivated and inspired each other. We’ve lost sleep and have worked ourselves sick for each other and for this thing that we helped create.
Our hundreds of hours spent have all been volunteered for a few moments of complete euphoria;
when we see the event going well,
when we stop for a second to watch our friends having fun,
when we watch a young musician take to our stage for the first time,
when the community believes in the event; (and after all the dust clears from days of mayhem)
when the community reminds us to believe in it too.
The support we've received from fans, friends, family and the Kindersley community has been astounding. It is because of this support that Grilledcheesapolooza has been able to continue.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Moving forward into Grilledcheesapolooza 7 we find ourselves in transition. Our core planning committee has grown up, received degrees, started careers, and some of us will be moving on. In future years were hoping to collaborate more with our fans and our community. We would like to welcome anyone who’s interested to reach out to us and get involved. We think it’s important to keep you all up to date on what’s happening with the festival and to tell our story however we can.
It’s been a wild ride and a lot of it is very worth sharing.
Keep in touch. Grilledcheese loves you.