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Festival-filled year in Denton

Festival-filled year in Denton

Festival-filled year in Denton
January 22
00:03 2015

Julian Gill / Staff Writer

From the re-introduction of 35 Denton to the return of an expanding Oaktopia, 2015 is bringing a slew of festivals to Little D.

Denton Black Film Festival

Jan. 30-31

Local, national and international filmmakers will gather in the Campus Theater for the first annual Denton Black Film Festival. This two-day event will feature independent films with black cultural themes that aim to educate and inspire the community.  Genres range from educational documentaries to romantic comedies. UNT students can get all-access passes for $65 or individual screening tickets for $8.

Thin Line Film, Music & Arts

Feb. 18-22

The Campus Theater will also be a hot spot for documentary filmmakers when Thin Line rolls around next month. In addition, Dan’s Silverleaf and Hailey’s Club will have a variety of musical acts from the homegrown country sounds of Denton’s own Boxcar Bandits to the pulsating hip-hop rhythms of Blue the Misfit.

“That’s one thing I like a lot about Denton, very diverse bills,” said Boxcar Bandits’ mandolin player Rex Emerson.

This year, the festival is expanding by adding photography to the program.

“The idea all along was to create a multimedia event,” said Festival Director Joshua Butler. “If film is the cake and music is the icing, then photography is the cherry on top.”

35 Denton Music Festival

March 13-15

After a yearlong hiatus, 35 Denton will make its return with the U.K. band, The Zombies, headlining. As Denton’s premiere music festival, UNT students are excited to have it back on the calendar.

”I remember seeing the Flaming Lips at 35 [Denton] when I was in high school,” said speech pathology junior Kyle Williams. “That was one of the best shows I’ve seen.”

Weekend wristbands are on sale right now for $50 and VIP passes are $100.


Vocalist Rex Emerson talks to the NTDaily about his band, Boxcar Bandits. The band released their first album, Smells Like Grass, in 2008.

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

April 24-26

No tickets or wristbands will be necessary for one of Denton’s oldest festivals. Denton Arts and Jazz has become known for honoring UNT’s jazz program while celebrating both amateur and well-known artists. Quakertown Park will have seven stages continuously occupied by musicians while food, games and art will be available to the public.   

Oaktopia Arts & Music Festival Sept. 25-26

In the absence of 35 Denton, Oaktopia had a chance to establish itself as a formidable music festival last year. In 2015, festival talent buyer Chris Cotter plans to take Oaktopia even farther. 

“We want this to be a destination event,” said Cotter. “We want people all around the country to turn their heads.”

Festival Co-Founder Matt Battaglia says people can expect two main stages with eight national headliners, doubling last year’s number. The event will stay true to its name as it moves from Hickory Street to Oak Street next fall.

Featured Image: AV the Great plays to the crowds at Denton’s Thin Line Festival. This year’s festivities run from February 18-22. Photos by Meagan Sullivan – Staff Photographer

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