Looking at how far Wanderland has come in its seven years of existence, it is hard to look at the music festival without considering the notion that it evolved and developed alongside the rest of the local music scene. Wanderland as an institution was responsible for crystallizing the then hazy concept of “indie,” what with the proliferation of flower crowns and lomo cams, and the creation of a new big show for homegrown bands of the indie variety to perform in. In fact, the biggest acts of our time would take flight in the gig circuit then come home to roost in the famed Karpos show. As far back as 2013 and until now, Wanderland continues to be a kind of barometer for what’s cool and fun about the local music scene.
This coming Wanderland will be the seventh in the concert series, and in the spirit of lucky numbers and good music, we’re celebrating with a timeline. We’re looking back at Wanderland (and by extension, Karpos’) high moments and highlights.