Willamette Week’s MusicfestNW Adds The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, and More to its

Willamette Week’s MusicfestNW Adds The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing,

DIIV, Quasi, and More to its

2012 Festival Scheduled for Sept. 5-9

Previously Announced Acts Include Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Ceremony, Danny Brown, The Tallest Man on Earth, Julia Holter, The Helio Sequence, Lightning Bolt, Old 97’s performing Too Far to Care, The Men, Yelawolf, Hot Snakes, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, and more plus the debut of a new tech conference.

Portland, OR (June 20, 2012): Willamette Week is happy to announce the latest additions to its MusicfestNW 2012 Festival. Joining the festival’s bill is The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks. Now in its 12th year, MusicfestNW will once again return to the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square for three headlining performances at Levi’s Pioneer Stage performed by shoegazing alternative rockers Silversun Pickups (Sunday, Sept. 9), mashup superstar Girl Talk (Saturday, Sept. 8), and the world music-tinged indie folk of Beirut (Friday, Sept. 7).

Beyond the Square, MusicfestNW will once again take over the city of Portland for five days, with 150 bands playing at 16 clubs all over the city. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, electropop upstarts Passion Pit headline the Crystal Ballroom (the band also plays the next night) and reunited post-hardcore titans Hot Snakes play the Roseland Theater. Critics’ darlings Ceremony, Julia Holter, Lightning Bolt, The Men, Trust, and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will all be performing special sets over the September weekend. The festival also features alt-country act Old 97’s playing their seminal record Too Far to Care front-to-back, the beautiful folk tunes of The Tallest Man on Earth, local atmospheric rockers The Helio Sequence, rising hip-hop phenoms Danny Brown and Yelawolf, A-Trak DJing on the Nike Sportswear stage, and the debut of the Red Bull Common Thread series featuring guitar heroes Dinosaur Jr. with sets from the bands’ two offshoots, Sebadoh and J. Mascis.

This year’s festival will also include its very own tech conference to coincide with MusicfestNW. In its first year, Portland Digital eXperience (PDX) will extend the MusicfestNW beyond music to embrace the technology and startup community by featuring conversations with leading thinkers, both local and from outside Portland. The event, held September 6-8, will focus on individuals who exemplify an “attention to detail, creativity, and the craft of building compelling experiences.” Among the confirmed speakers are Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Evan Doll of Flipboard, James Keller of Walmart Labs, and Chris Teso of Chirpify.

Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 1 via Cascade Tickets. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points:

– $125 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival.

– $75 for a ticket to one of the three outdoor shows (Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, or Beirut) and a wristband for admission to the rest of the festival.

For further ticket information, see musicfestnw.com/tickets.

2012 Lineup — Alphabetical



Alialujah Choir

And And And

Arrington De Dionyso


Big Business

Big Freedia

Black Mountain


Bobby Bare Jr.


Brown Bird

Casey Neil & The Norway Rats


Cheap Girls

Chelsea Wolfe


Craft Spells

Crystal Antlers

Danny Brown

Dante vs. Zombies

Daughn Gibson



Dinosaur Jr.


DJ Beyondadoubt

DJ Cooky Parker

DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin

DZ Deathrays

Erik Koskinen

Evian Christ

Flying Lotus

Fort Lean

Fucked Up

Future Islands

Gardens & Villa

Girl Talk


Guantanamo Baywatch



Hey Marseilles

Holcombe Waller


Hot Snakes

Hungry Ghost

I Break Horses

J. Mascis

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Joe Pug

John Maus

Joyce Manor

Julia Holter

Kendl Winter

King Khan & the Shrines



Lightning Bolt


Mac Demarco

Mean Jeans


Milo Greene


Moon Duo


Mrs. Magician

My Goodness


Nite Jewel

Old 97’s

Old Light

Omar Souleyman



Passion Pit

Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three

Pure Bathing Culture

Purity Ring


Quest For Fire

Radiation City

Red Fang

Redd Kross

Sad Baby Wolf



Silversun Pickups

Snow Bud & The Flower People



Stay Calm

Strand Of Oaks

Sun Angle




Tender Forever

The Builders and The Butchers

The Curious Mystery

The Dangerous Boys Club

The Dimes

The Drowning Men

The Growlers

The Helio Sequence

The Hives

The Men

The Needful Longings

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

The People’s Temple

The Soft Moon

The Suicide Notes

The Tallest Man On Earth

These United States

Touche Amore

Trampled By Turtles


Tyler Lyle


Vice Device

White Fang

White Lung

Wild Nothing

Xiu Xiu


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