A year ago when the numerous festivals were announcing their lineups, we were joking around and exchanging names on the artists and bands we would invite if we could curate our own event. This little brainstorming session resulted in us sharing RevueFest, our make-believe, three-day festival. Like what we aimed to do here, the focus was on those hidden gems waiting to be discovered, but to draw people to your festival you need some great headliners. Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell, and Sleater-Kinney were our main drawing cards and we had a slew of a great acts – 35 in total.
Due to the success of last year’s festival (well popularity of the post), we have decided to curate RevueFest II (cue the trumpet blasts and confetti)! As we have come across so many great acts, we have opted to expand the list to 50 acts. We did have one rule – we could not invite artists that were listed on last year’s event. As such, there won’t be Courtney Barnett or Eagulls. No Waxahatchee or Titus Andronicus. Sorry, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile, and Destroyer won’t be stopping by. Instead, we have a fresh list of 50 great artists, many of whom you will recognize if you’ve been following us daily.
With that, we introduce to you (drum roll please)… the lineup for RevueFest II.
RevueFest II Lineup Announcement
After the success of the inaugural edition of its festival, The Revue Family is pleased to announce that RevueFest will be returning for a second year. This three-day, make-believe festival will take place on Labor Day weekend, and RevueFest II will feature some of the best indie acts around and plenty of rising stars that you ought to know.
RevueFest II kicks off with a very special headlining performance by Ray Lamontagne. The legendary singer-songwriter will be backed by the diverse and talented My Morning Jacket, who will also take the stage to share cuts from their extensive catalog. Anthony Gonzalez – or M83 – will close the second night of the festival, bringing his ethereal soundscapes to the main stage. The final night belongs to Australia’s psychedelic kings, Tame Impala, whose last album Currents was among many best of lists of 2015.
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The headliners are just the tip of the iceberg of the diversity that awaits you at RevueFest II. Wolf Parade, Savages, Nada Surf, The Joy Formidable, The Dandy Warhols, Black Mountain, Augustines, King Gizzard, Highly Suspect, and super-group Banquet will appease indie-rock fans and ignite the stages. Meanwhile, the brilliance of Daughter, Mexico star Natalia Lafourcade, Phosphorescent, Icelandic storyteller Júníus Meyvant, TORRES, Lucius, and Julien Baker will stir people’s emotions.
For folk and country fans, there is no shortage of talent led by Dave Rawlings Machine, Neil Finn & Friends, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Hop Along. Also catch emerging stars Dori Freeman, New Zealanders Tiny Ruins and Marlon Williams, The Weather Station, and Australian gems Oh Pep!.
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A highlight of the festival is expected to be the one-two-three punch of Massive Attack, Caribou, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who promise something truly special for their appearances. Indie stalwarts DIIV, Wild Nothing, Shearwater, and Woods will showcase their new material and further prove why they’re among the most creative forces in the business.
If you’re looking for the next star in music, there will be no shortage of acts that fit the bill. NPR favorites Car Seat Headrest, Sunflower Bean, and Mothers could be your starting points. Artists with some of our Favorite Albums of 2015 – such as American Wrestlers, Eskimeaux, and San Fermin – may be options.
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Or maybe you’re searching for the next breakthrough band of 2016, and you could not go wrong with American acts like Diet Cig, Good English, Slingshot Dakota, and Quilt. Australian bands DZ Deathrays and The Bellingerents and UK artists Inheaven and Sundara Karma are other acts to check out.
Learning from last year’s lessons, RevueFest expands to three stages, ensuring every act will have a minimum of 60 minutes to perform. Additional washroom facilities and more diversified food options are other changes coming this year. But what hasn’t changed is that you are guaranteed to have three great days of music, and you’ll leave each day unearthing one of indie music’s great hidden gems.
If you are interested in making RevueFest a reality, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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