The VIP Patio at the Craft Lake City DIY Festival offers a photogenic perspective of the KRCL stage and the delicious dinner options along Gallivan Avenue. Photo: John Barkiple

Craft Lake City’s 8th Annual DIY Festival expanded to three days this year, and all of the music, vendors, delicious food and beautiful art could hardly be contained in one weekend. From Friday through Sunday, attendees were able to see, taste, hear and experience new things. Whether that be trying out VR goggles in the Google Fiber STEM Building, getting their (mis)fortune told, having their portrait drawn or seeing all of the amazing things being built/made/crafted by local makers and artisans, attendees weren’t likely to go home without finding something interesting. Craft Lake City’s 2016 DIY Fest was bigger and better than ever before.

Read about some of this year’s performers and exhibitors in our August issue.

Words by Tyson Call (@clancycoop)

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DIY Fest Day 1 – Aug. 12, 2016

Rachel Molenda // @snowlenda

Jo Savage // @savagedangerwolf

John Barkiple

Soft Kill at Urban Lounge on Monday night. Photo:

Smoke rolled through the room as green lights created a haunting glow for a post-punk showcase at Urban Lounge on Dec. 12. Local group Sculpture Club opened the show with a dark, heavy set. The garage-goth group has been playing together since 2013 and released their first full-length album, A Place to Stand, on vinyl earlier this month. Choir Boy, also from Salt Lake City, followed with lighter, dreamier tunes off their October release, Passive with Desire. All Your Sisters, a post-punk duo from San Francisco, entranced the audience with heavy bass, drum machines and synth. Soft Kill were Monday’s headliner, hailing from Chicago and Portland. Soft Kill have been touring the western U.S. throughout the month in support of Soft Kill’s Choke album, released in November.

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