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St. Petersburg's Antiwarpt festival implodes as organizers argue over event's name, future

Left to right: Antiwarpt co-founders S. Bradley Askew, Phil Benito, Sean O'Brien, Manny Kool and Anna Serena, photographed in 2012.

Cherie Diez

Left to right: Antiwarpt co-founders S. Bradley Askew, Phil Benito, Sean O'Brien, Manny Kool and Anna Serena, photographed in 2012.

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For the last couple of years, St. Petersburg's Antiwarpt festival has been held up as one of the bright spots of the Tampa Bay music scene, not just locally but around the state. Last year, nearly 100 bands packed 10 stages in and around St. Petersburg, proving that a group of focused music promoters and fans could create something cool and unique on their own.

But over the past year, the Antiwarpt brand has imploded. The Antiwarpt brain trust, pictured here, has broken down over the rights to the name "Antiwarpt" and the future of the festival. Now there could be two competing festivals in St. Pete this fall. One of them -- the one that, for now, still has the name "Antiwarpt" -- is holding a pre-party and festival this Saturday in the 600 Block of St. Petersburg, with the actual festival on Oct. 5. The other is in a state of flux.

For the full story on Antiwarpt, click here for Robbyn Mitchell's story.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:39am]

    

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