Download Festival

This ain’t Europe, but the West Coast sure enough has something of its own Summer Festival circuit (what with Sasquatch and Bshoot here, Noise-Pop in SF and Fuck Yeah Fest in L.A.). Curiously, one that we haven’t heard much about is at the Gorgeous Gorge today with a pretty killer line-up: Modest Mouse headlining, along with Incubus, Presidents of the United States of America, Nada Surf, The Thermals, Arthur & Yu, and The Heavenly States. Curiously, Clear Channel company Live Nation seems to be in charge of two Download Festivals—this one, which has some focus on technology and interactivity with the bands, and one based in Britain’s Donington Park. The latter has spread its programming to the States in recent years with various “Monsters of Rock” headliners like Linkin Park. Thank God the corporate masters behind this one (which also has a sister event in Donington) did their homework. NW favorites + new local psych duo Arthur & Yu= a pleasant summer jam, for sure.

Sat., Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m.

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