The world’s largest crowd-funding festival opened Tuesday evening with an opening ceremony and concert lineup that included Mates of State and Echosmith. One Spark founders Elton Rivas, Dennis Eusebio and Varick Rosete greeted the crowd Tuesday evening to welcome about 5,000 entrepreneurs and festival guests to the third annual One Spark festival. Join us after the jump for a report from our partners at #gnitemedia News Bureau
“One Spark’s been called a lot of different things— it’s been called the ‘world’s largest crowd-funding festival,’” Rivas said, “it’s been called something that connects people, it’s been called the biggest celebration of creativity in our city.”
Creators, staff and festival guests packed Hemming Park to enjoy local food trucks and try Intuition Ale Work’s official One Spark brews before the concert started.
Among all the other additions to the festival, Rivas highlighted a new idea of a Creator Academy, which began in advance of the festival this year. It’s where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to, “validate ideas, connect with others, launch projects and fundraise.”
The crowd in Hemming Park at One Spark’s Opening Ceremony. Photo by Ean Gomez.
Although the crowd was excited, none were more excited than two teens who danced their way from general seating to V.I.P. access before the main concert started.
“I never knew what this was until I came, and I came and I said ‘this is really cool,’” said Kaitlin King, a One Spark attendee.
Mates of State, a husband-and-wife duo, graced the stage with some of their hits. Along with their own music, Mates of State tackled a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”
Echosmith, a pop rock band best known for hit radio single “Cool Kids, “consists of four siblings from California. They took the stage last, performing some of their hits from their first album and performed their latest single “Bright.”
By Ean Gomez
#IgniteMedia News Bureau
photo credit/Joshua Taylor