Slingshot Festival returns with Tinariwen, Washed Out, Kishi Bashi, Comedy Night with Doug Benson, a night dedicated to Japanese rock bands headlined by Peelander-Z, label showcases by New West, Cloud Recordings, New Granada and much more on the music front. Plus technology panels and visual art exhibitions. ATHENS SLINGSHOT, the new showcase for music and innovative art in Athens GA, takes over downtown on March 10-22, 2014. Spread over four city blocks, Slingshot spotlights international, national, and local acts on stage, boundary-pushing artworks throughout the urban environment, and a tech conference with leading innovators. This date is specifically chosen to slingshot national and local acts passing through the southeast on their way back from the 2014 South by Southwest music conference in Austin, TX (March 7-16) into Athens. This weekend is also the weekend after the UGA Spring Break which will capitalize on attendence. Athens Slingshot is a unique opportunity for national acts to perform in the music capital of the Southeast, and be part of a concentrated event that harmonizes the local and national stage. A wide range of venues across 3 of the best blocks of downtown Athens are booking and hosting bands of all sizes.