Road to VanFest: Interview with Van Wolfe

The eighth year of local music festival, VanFest, was recently announced for arrival on Saturday, August 25 at Royal Arch Masonic Park in Maple Valley. To celebrate the little fest that could, we're spending the next two months highlighting the bands playing VanFest 8.

If you're unfamiliar with VanFest, the micro-festival was founded in 2011 by then-16-year-old Van Wolfe with the goal of bringing the community-oriented focus and intimacy of underground music to a beautiful park setting deep in the woods of Maple Valley, WA and has always been focused on benefitting a cause. The past few years, the benefit has been hyper-local, with all profits, as well as on-site donations, given to the Maple Valley Food Bank.

This year's lineup consists of 26 bands who are joining the ranks of previous performers like Car Seat Headrest, Chastity Belt, Dude York, and Great Grandpa. Highlights include Seacats, Whitney Ballen, Familiars, Tool (a new project consisting of Caitlyn of Hoop, Julia and Gretchen of Chastity Belt, and Michael from FF), Da Qween, Anime Creek, and many more.