These were bands who’d come from all over the world to sing about things as crucial as life and death. It held the promise of something beyond a summer buzz — the fostering of community, a call to action, an international dialogue, even an affirmation of human rights. It was put on by a few people motivated only by their passion for the music and its message. I was sure, without even understanding what the bands were singing about, that the scene represented music and community and meaning tied together in a way that was completely unfabricated.

So it felt weird and sad later when the founder of the festival basically kicked me out.

Read the whole feature at Consequence of Sound.