Cropped Out is an annual multi-venue music festival held in Louisville, Kentucky, co-founded in 2010 by Ryan Davis and James Ardery. According to the festival's website, "Cropped Out aims to celebrate a select fistful of contemporary musicians, artists, and artisans whom we feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual, and conceptual exploration. +more It is our intention to turn heads toward the talents of those often omitted, overlooked, or cropped out of 'the big picture'. These are the minds most interesting to us, the minds most capable of emerging from and quickly returning to their lightlessness, if only to be briefly met by a niche appreciation. The fest is designed to highlight the creative efforts of Louisville natives, friends, family, and fellow thinkers from Nashville to Chicago to Brooklyn and beyond. " The festival stays true to this ethos, presenting independent bands and a general DIY scene in an intimate, affordable setting. The primary genres featured in the festival are Indie rock and post-punk, but expands into other genres such as folk, avant-garde, free jazz, hardcore punk, noise rock and even hip-hop and alternative country. Cropped Out has close ties with Drag City Records, Thrill Jockey Records, [url=http://sophomoreloungerecords. com/home. html]Sophomore Lounge[/url] among other independent labels.

The inaugural festival was held in October 2010 both at [url=http://www. kingfishrestaurants. +morecom/]Kingfish[/url] and [url=http://www. louisvilleturners. org/]American Turners Louisville[/url], both located on the banks of the Ohio River just east of downtown Louisville. During the first year, the festival was staffed primarily by the two organizers and their parents, along with a group of close friends. The second year of the festival was held at a warehouse space in the NuLu which was nicknamed "The Crummy Den" by festival organizers. Due to noise complaints on the final night of the festival, the Louisville Police Department interrupted and cut Scratch Acid's set short.

Since 2012, the main part of the festival has taken place at American Turners Louisville, often with Thursday opening and Sunday closing parties held at different local bars and venues. Since 2013, on-site camping has been available to ticket holders for a camping fee. +more Since 2016, Cropped Out has partnered with Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville to produce Hopped Out, the official beer of Cropped Out. Notably, on the emphasis of local artists, Cropped Out has hosted rare performances by Louisville bands and musicians such as Papa M, The Endtables, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (performing Superwolf with Matt Sweeney), The Belgian Waffles! and more.

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Cropped Out lineups by year

Cropped Out VIII

The 2018 edition of Cropped Out took place October 5 and 6 at American Turners Louisville.

Friday, October 5 * Bill Direen * Bill Mackay / Nathan Bowles * Charalambides * Circuit Des Yeux * Drunks With Guns * Exek * Exit III * Honey * Iron Bars * Leggy * Major Stars * Michael Hurley * Night Vapor * Simon Joyner * Spider Bags * Taiwan Housing Project * The Sal Show * Träd, Gräs & Stenar Saturday, October 6 * Anthony Braxton / Jacqueline Kerrod * Catherine Irwin * Cherry Death * Endless Boogie * Equipment Pointed Ankh * Footings * Graham Lambkin / Bill Nace * Half Japanese * Jana Rush * Kal Marks * Lié * Protruders * Quin Kirchner Group * Sadie * Sex Tide * Shabazz Palaces * Thee Open Sex * The Possum * The Web * The World * Tommy Wright III * Winger Brothers

Cropped Out VII

The 2017 edition of Cropped Out took place September 22 & 23, 2017 at American Turners Louisville. A kick-off party is scheduled to take place September 21, 2017 at Nachbar, and a closing party is scheduled to take place September 24, 2017 at Kaiju.

Thursday, September 21 @ Nachbar * Fever Hands * King Cheetah * Shawnthany Calypso Friday, September 22 @ American Turners * 75 Dollar Bill * Axis: Sova * Bathroom Laws * Circle X * Crazy Doberman * Dan Melchior * Exacta Cube * Heavy Dreams * John Bender * Limes * Lung * Neil Hamburger * Pile * Royal Trux * The Cowboys * The Stranger * Tommy Jay's Latest Freak Show * Wombo Saturday, September 23 @ American Turners * Attic Talent * Billington / Shippy / Wyche * David Nance * Deep State * Feedtime * Frank Hurricane * Fried Egg * Le Fruit Vert * Magik Markers * Matt Jencik * Peter Brötzmann * Rays * Sadat X * Sarah Squirm * Shit and Shine * Shutaro Noguchi * Tara Jane O'Neil * Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon * The Other Years * Tyvek Sunday, September 24 @ American Turners * Axel Cooper * Jaye Jayle * Justin Frye of PC Worship * Mike Donovan of Peacers / Sic Alps * Natural Man

Cropped Out VI

The 2016 edition of Cropped Out took place on September 23 & 24, 2016 at American Turners after a year-long hiatus, due largely to both Tropical Trash and State Champion (two bands that are composed mainly of the festival's organizers and staff) going on tours around the same time that year. The kick-off party took place at [url=https://www. +morefacebook. com/pages/Nachbar/115917681763086]Nachbar[/url] in Louisville on September 22, and the closing party took place at [url=http://www. kaijubar. com/]Kaiju[/url] on September 25.

Thursday, September 22 @ Nachbar (Kickoff Party)

Friday, September 23 @ American Turners

Saturday, September 24 @ American Turner's

Sunday, September 25 @ Kaiju

Cropped Out V

The 2014 edition took place from September 26 to September 28, 2014 at [url=https://www.facebook.com/DreamlandLouKY/]Dreamland Film Center[/url], American Turners Louisville, and Fresh Start.

Thursday, September 25 @ Dreamland Film Center (Kickoff Party)

Friday, September 26 @ American Turners

Saturday, September 27 @ American Turners

Sunday, September 28 @ Fresh Start Grower Supply

Cropped Out IV

The 2013 edition of Cropped Out took place entirely at American Turners from Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Friday, September 27 @ American Turners

Saturday, September 28 @ American Turners

Sunday, September 29 @ American Turners

The Sunday show was originally intended to be held at the Workhouse Ballroom but was moved to the Phreedom Hall stage at American Turners. Tony Clifton was also scheduled to perform as the host for the main part of the festival at American Turners but ultimately cancelled due to personal reasons.

Cropped Out III

The 2012 edition took place at American Turners and the Workhouse Ballroom, a small cave near the Highlands area of Louisville, from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Friday, September 28 @ American Turners

Dahm Cipolla of The Phantom Family Halo was intended to play but cancelled due to illness. He was replaced by Virginia grindcore band Suppression.

Saturday, September 29 @ American Turners

Sunday, September 30 @ The Workhouse Ballroom

Cropped Out II

The 2011 edition took place entirely at The Crummy Den, a warehouse space that was turned into a DIY venue for the weekend, and took place from Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29, 2011.

Friday, November 11

Saturday, November 12

Sunday, November 1

Cropped Out I

The 2010 Edition took place at KingFish and American Turners Louisville from October 1 to October 3, 2010.

Friday, October 1 @ KingFish

Saturday, October 2 @ American Turners

Sunday, October 3 @ American Turners