The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Le Tigre, Phoebe Bridgers, Beach House & more give This Ain’t No Picnic new life in 2022

This Ain't No Picnic Festival 2022

This Ain’t No Picnic //
Brookside at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
August 27th-28th, 2022 //

As we have said in this space before, it has not been an easy time for the live music industry by any stretch of the imagination. Whether you’re an artist, employee or fan, enduring 18 months without in-person events was painful to experience. So, maybe it’s fitting Goldenvoice is reviving a festival that hasn’t been around in almost 20 years at this point.

The renowned California concert promoter is bringing back This Ain’t No Picnic for the first time since 2002 and taking over the Brookside Golf Course at the Rose Bowl for two days in late August (warning: it will be hot) with a killer roster that screams “Pitchfork Fest!”

A couple of NYC indie-rock giants in The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, who are currently in the middle of a 20-date residency at Brooklyn Steel, will serve as headliners while the fest’s undercard offers its own set of highlights starting with the reunion of Le Tigre, another NYC product who last reunited in 2016 to release “I’m with Her” as their latest single.

Other notable names bolstering the iconic indie music festival’s lineup in 2022 include Phoebe Bridgers, Beach House, Jorja Smith, Kaytranada, Jungle, IDLES, Isaiah Rashad, Sparks, Turnstile, Circle Jerks, Descendents, Caroline Polachek, Mac Demarco, Slowthai, Courtney Barnett, Four Tet + Floating Points, Tinashe, Earl Sweatshirt, Yves Tumor, Queen Naija, Honey Dijon, Sleep, Deafheaven and more. Peep the poster above for the rest of the artists scheduled to perform.

Making its debut at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado where past incarnations of Lightning in a Bottle and other music festivals in the Southern California area have also taken place, This Ain’t No Picnic exposed the raw energy of punk-leaning, indie darlings like Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney and Guided by Voices in 1999 before taking another step toward the mainstream by booking Beck, Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill, At the Drive-In and Modest Mouse for its 2000 edition.

With there being more optimism surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic heading into next year, you can bet that tickets for this one will go quick so make sure to sign up for the presale occurring on Thursday, December 9th at 10 a.m. PT here before they go on sale at 2 p.m. PT here. GA passes will be available for $299-$349, with VIP going for $799 and Clubhouse at an eye-opening $1,199. But if you’re looking to dance and sweat your ass off in the Pasadena heat, this is the only summer picnic you’ll want to be at!

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness take a big leap at The UC Theatre with Atlas Genius, NIGHT RIOTS

Andrew McMahon in the WildernessBy Norm de Veyra //

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Atlas Genius, NIGHT RIOTS //
The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
May 6th, 2017 //

With pool inflatables and space suits in tow, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness played a rollicking show at The UC Theatre last Saturday to kick off a two-night run in the Bay Area. Seated center stage at his piano, the former frontman for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin took command of the nearly sold-out crowd early with his boundless energy.

Highlighting the catchy, anthemic jams from their 2017 studio album Zombies on Broadway, McMahon and company delivered a rousing performance that found the lead singer leaping off pianos, stage diving and riding atop the crowd in an inflatable duck on several occasions.

NIGHT RIOTS from Southern California opened the evening with a strong set of dance-rock anthems from their latest release Love Gloom. Australia’s Atlas Genius followed, continuing the good vibes with their own brand of dance-infused indie rock.

Weezer, Panic! at the Disco show they still got it in front of a packed house at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Weezer


Weezer

By Marc Fong //

Weezer & Panic! at the Disco with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness //
Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
July 31st, 2016 //

Weezer and Panic! at the Disco played to a packed house of young and old at Shoreline Amphitheatre for the Bay Area stop of their “Summer Tour 2016” last Sunday.

While Weezer played to a huge crowd, a considerable amount of the younger fans in attendance left after Panic! stole the show with a fantastic set and an amazing energy onstage. Frontman Brenden Urie even performed flips! The Grammy-nominated band sounded tight and performed its hits in addition to some great covers such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Panic! at the Disco


Panic! at the Disco

Weezer, on the contrary, was more subdued, but they still put on an amazing show, playing their usual fan favorites along with some tracks off their self-titled LP that came out earlier this year.

Opening the co-headline show and serving as the tour’s special guest was Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the former Something Corporate frontman’s solo project that he started a couple years ago.

WEEZER

Setlist:
California Kids
Hash Pipe
My Name Is Jonas
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Pork and Beans
I Love the USA
Perfect Situation
Thank God for Girls
Beverly Hills (Preceded by snippet of “Come Together” by The Beatles)
Dope Nose / Back to the Shack / Keep Fishin’ / The Good Life / Surf Wax America
Undone – The Sweater Song
King of the World / Only in Dreams
Island in the Sun
Say It Ain’t So

Encore:
El Scorcho (Piano intro, preceded by snippet of “We Are Young” by fun.)
Buddy Holly

PANIC! AT THE DISCO

Setlist:
Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
Vegas Lights
The Ballad of Mona Lisa
Hallelujah
Time to Dance
Emperor’s New Clothes
Girls/Girls/Boys
Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
Nine in the Afternoon
Crazy = Genius
Miss Jackson
Golden Days
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
LA Devotee
Death of a Bachelor
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
This is Gospel
Positive Hardcore
Victorious