Major changes are in store for this year’s Launch Festival, which will now be known as TBD Fest. The name swap is a reflection of a change in venues, as this year the fest will go down in West Sacramento in The Bridge District. The event grounds will be just over the Tower Bridge along the river (behind Raley Field) and will offer epic, sweeping views of downtown Sacramento’s skyline. Also different this year, the fest is now three days of music, not just two. One other difference from past years is that TBD Fest is now happening the weekend of Oct. 3 to 5, a little later than Launch has been previously. What’s not different, you ask? The fact that the lineup, just announced last week, is mind-blowingly amazing!
A couple months ago Submerge was lucky enough to sit down with one of the festival’s founders, Michael Hargis (also co-owner of LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar along with his partner and fellow OG Clay Nutting), and he allowed us to sneak a peek at the level of talent they were aiming to land for TBD Fest. Let’s just say we walked out of the meeting scratching our heads thinking, “Can they really? Will they really? How in the world can they pull those bands?” Pretty much every act Hargis mentioned to us has now been confirmed and apparently some more announcements are still on the way. Currently announced as headliners are the wildly popular French electronic/dance duo Justice and the influential new wave/punk group Blondie! Also getting top billing is Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun, Los Angeles-based producer Dillon Francis, and Austin, Texas-based post-rock/instrumental powerhouse Explosions in the Sky. It doesn’t stop there. Peep it, you’ve also got: MS MR, The War on Drugs, Gramatik, Kurt Vile and the Violators, RAC (DJ Set), Yacht, Deltron 3030, Blackalicious, Com Truise, Beach Fossils, Sister Crayon and too many other rad artists to list here. Three-day tickets are available now at Tbdfest.com for just $159 and VIP passes are $250. Keep turning to Submerge all summer for more TBD Fest news, announcements and interviews with performing artists.
UPDATE: TBD Fest organizers have also confirmed that Moby (DJ Set) and rapper Danny Brown will be performing!