If music festivals were a sport, Washington state would be the 1992 US Olympic basketball team, posterizing the nation state by state, dunking on bloated homogenized lineups with newer, leaner festivals like Timber! Music Festival, its wintertime doppelganger Timbrrr! Fest, Summer Meltdown, Doe Bay Fest and now Macefield Music Festival.
In a climate where new festivals tend to draw a reactionary thinkpiece conglomeration of “why do we need more of these things?”, Washington state continues to prove it’s just too damn good at them to stop now. Macefield recently made available one day passes and announced the rest of their 2014 lineup, boasting local talent spanning genre and time, creating an optimal environment in which to discover new acts, rekindle a love for old favorites, and bask in the final pre-autumnal glow of one of Seattle’s great neighborhoods.
Newly added highlights – performers who join an already-impressive roster announced last month that features the Sonics, the Posies and THEESatisfaction – include local MC RA Scion, reunited punk rockers The Cops and the Tom Price Desert Classic, whose members’ resumes include seminal Seattle bands like The Earaches, Gas Huffer, the Monkeywrench and U-Men.
In total, the festival is scheduled to host 75 music and comedy acts on eight different stages in Ballard:
FRIDAY OCTOBER 3
THE SONICS, BIG BUSINESS, COUNTRY LIPS, THEORETICS, BOSS MARTIANS, SURVIVAL KNIFE, UGLYFRANK, THE COPS, TOM PRICE DESERT CLASSIC, THE BAD TENENTS, COUNTRY LIPS, SAGE, THE MOONSPINNERS, THE TRIPWIRES, JEFF FIELDER, THE RIVETERS, STAR ANNA, MARK PICKEREL, DARCI CARLSON, INLY, DELANEY DAVIDSON, DARREN LOUCAS, CASEY RUFF & THE MAYORS OF BALLARD, GANGES RIVER BAND, KILCID BAND, MASSEY FERGUSON, LOWMAN PALACE, THE JOY MILLS BAND, JASON KERTSON
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4
THE POSIES, THEESATISFACTION, THE MALDIVES, HELMS ALEE, RA SCION, NIGHTRAIN, THE DERELICTS, RYAN CARAVEO, BOAT, BREAKS AND SWELLS, THE YOUNG EVILS, GERALD COLLIER, FAUNA SHADE, IAN MOORE, THE FAME RIOT, DEEP CREEP, BEN UNION, FUTURE SHOCK, FULL TOILET, THE CHASERS, DAVIDSON HART KINGSBERY, THE BAD THINGS, THE CRYING SHAME, ANNIE FORD BAND, GOODBYE HEART, CAROLYN MARK, EVENING BELL, TACOS!, OLE TINDER, KIM VIRANT, STAG, THE SWEARENGENS, STRONG SUIT, BREAD & BUTTER, GIBRALTAR, MIKE GIACOLINO, SOLVENTS, DEAD MAN, THE PRO & THE CON, BILLY DWAYNE & THE CREEPERS, GREAT SPIDER, BARTON CARROLL, FOUNTAINS
Aside from fantastic music, the festival will host comedy featuring Laff Hole with JOHN KEISTER, KEVIN & TRAVIS, WINE SHOTS, BLOOD SQUAD, BLACK DAISY, and STEAL OF FIRE WARRIORS 2012 AD.
One day under 21 passes run $15 and two day under 21 passes are $20. Two day tickets for 21+ and an all-venue wristband will cost $40 advanced and $50 at the door. For concertgoers under 21, all-venue wristbands are $25 advanced and $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.macefield.strangertickets.com or pick up physical tickets from Sonic Boom Records, the Tractor Tavern or any Rudy’s Barbershop location.