Manifest Music Festival is coming to Chapel Hill for its third year in a row from Oct. 19 to 20.
Manifest III, like its predecessors, is set apart from other local music festivals because it only features bands with members who identify as femme, transgender or non-binary.
“We wanted to build the first truly inclusive music festival, so we looked to bands that had women or non-binary, trans artists and we just booked an entire festival with people like that,” Erika Libero, founder of Manifest and member of local band Bangzz, said. “We were trying to break the idea of what a rock star is.”
Created by Libero and Sarah Shook, Manifest Music Festival tackles underrepresentation in the music industry by giving a platform to marginalized groups to showcase their musical talents.
“There’s a lot of good music coming from women these days — there’s a lot of great music coming from trans people too,” Melissa Swingle, co-owner of The Cave, said. “And this is just to encourage that in a safe environment.”