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Michael Deeds: Breaking down Treefort Music Fest 2015 by the numbers (finally!)

The fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, which happened March 25-29 in Downtown Boise, broke even for the first time in 2015, organizers say.

Yes, this bit of news comes more than two months after the festival ended. (Sorry, man. They’ve been sleeping.)

There’s enough money in the bank to guarantee the festival’s return. All bands, including local musicians, have been paid. Bands will be paid next year. The festival will be able to keep year-round staff employed.

These are terrific things to hear.

More numbers from organizers:

•  Treefort 2015 had 8,000 ticketed attendees, 1,800 band members, 220 press members, 500 volunteers and 50 staff members, which equated to an overall festival attendance estimated at 14,000. Peak days: Friday and Saturday, with more than 9,500 guests each day.



•  Age demographics of ticketed attendees: 10-19 (4 percent), 20-29 (41 percent), 30-39 (28 percent), 40-49 (16 percent), 50 and older (11 percent).



•  433 bands performed at 27 venues and stages.



•  Among five day pass-holders, 26 percent were from outside Idaho. Washington, Oregon, and California provided the largest number of out-of-staters. Treefort had guests attend from as far as Japan, Italy, Netherlands and South Africa.



•  3,600 people attended the Alefort brew festival over three days.



•  Around 700 people attended the Hackfort technology event over three days.



•  Yogafort and Film Fest sold out their allotments of advance tickets. Storyfort was at capacity during the weekend.



•  Based on a post-festival survey, 12 percent of attendees used alternative transportation to attend the festival (bicycle, ride share, etc.)



Ready for Treefort V? The next one will be March 23-27, 2016.

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