Goldenvoice Announces First City Festival in Monterey With Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, More

Categories: Music Festivals

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Every year seems to bring more entrants to the Northern California music festival scene. The latest is First City, a two-day festival this Aug. 24-25 at the Monterey fairgrounds that will bring out big, indie-leaning names like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Toro y Moi, and Neko Case for its inaugural year.

Presented by Goldenvoice -- the same outfit that puts on Coachella -- First City is meant to echo Monterey's claim of being the "first capital" of California: The coastal city was home to the state's first public library, public school, theatre, and newspaper. It also hosted the legendary 1967 Monterey Pop festival on the same grounds First City will return to this summer.

The lineup of 30-plus bands pretty obviously targets the Wayfarer-and-skinny-jean crowd, and will be spread across two days and three live music stages. Here it is alphabetically:

The Antlers
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Beach House
The Black Angels
Blitzen Trapper
Capital Cities
Civil Twilight
Delta Rae
Delta Spirit
Devendra Banhart
The Dodos
Dr. Dog
Electric Guest
Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Father John Misty
Guy Blakeslee (Entrance)
The Hold Steady
Jeffertitti's Nile
Light Fantastic
Modest Mouse
Neko Case
Okkervil River
Passion Pit
Purity Ring
Seventeen Evergreen
Toro y Moi
Washed Out

Two-day passes for the festival go onsale 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, and begin at $149.50. More info on the First City Festival website.

-- @iPORT

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