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#iVoted Festival Creating Virtual Stages Named After Swing States

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Jim James of My Morning Jacket performs on the "What" stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee.

The #iVoted initiative is partnering with streaming service Mandolin for an election day (Nov. 3) concert, encouraging people to vote in exchange for access to the massive livestream music event. More than 600 artists will perform during the music festival, which includes performances on Nov. 4 as well.

Mandolin, which hosts streaming events for the Ryman Auditorium and City Winery in Nashville, will create an immersive festival experience with multiple stages and interactive elements. Each stage will be named after states including Colorado and Georgia, as well as demographic groups like college voters and advocacy groups like Headcount. The artists for each stage were chosen because of streaming data that #iVoted commissioned to find out which genres and specific artists were most popular in each location.

"Mandolin is one of the fastest growing livestream start-ups for a reason - because we're pushing the boundaries as far as they will go. The #iVoted festival is a great example of that," says Mary Kay Huse, chief executive and co-founder of Mandolin.

Earlier this week, #iVoted announced that Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, along with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, plus Chris Thile will be participating. Comedian and filmmaker W. Kamau Bell will interview Living Colour, and there will be performances from Greensky Bluegrass, Citizen Cope, Drive-By Truckers, grandson, Brian Courtney Wilson, Joywave, Jukebox the Ghost, Julia Nunes, Kam Franklin of The Suffers, My Brightest Diamond, The Dresden Dolls, The Polyphonic Spree, Vacationer, Yonder Mountain String Band, Geographer, 3OH3!, Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday and a special appearance by Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin and more. All artists announced to-date can be found on the #iVoted website.

"We are so thrilled about the team, talent, and technology that have come together to make #iVoted not only the largest single night digital concert in history, but that we're doing so via our core mission of revolutionizing voter turnout," says Emily White, co-founder of #iVoted.

To attend, voters can RSVP to access the show(s) of their choice by taking a selfie 1) with their blank mail-in ballot, or 2) from outside of their polling place, and submitting it online via the RSVP function on the festival's website in exchange for a link to the livestream on Election Day. Fans who are not 18 by 11/3/20 can gain access with a video letting #iVoted know what election they will be 18 for and why they're excited to vote. Fans who aren’t U.S. citizens, or who are otherwise unable to vote will be able to RSVP as well.

More at ivoted2020.mandolin.com.