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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New Music Tuesday: Boys Noize • Bat for Lashes • Trey Anastasio • Godspeed You! Black Emperor • Daphni

Boys Noize - Out of the Black

Every Tuesday, we focus on new music releases by naming our top tracks and supplying the latest videos for select albums.


Boys NoizeOut of the Black

Top Track: “XTC”

German EDM producer and DJ Alexander Ridha releases his third LP.


Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man

Top Track: “Laura”

The cover art for this album is striking, weird and great all at the same time. The album has some very successful moments and is worth a listen.


Trey AnastasioTravelor

Top Track: “Pigtail”

The Phish frontman releases an album of tracks he’s mostly been playing for years solo or with Phish. The title track “Traveler” was the only track not heard until a recent Trey Anastasio Band show. Co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi), Traveler features the Trey Anastasio Band and such guests as Mates of State’s Kori Gardner, The National’s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons), Thomas Bartlett (Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne) and theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer.


Godspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

The Canadian post-rock collective emerges from a seven-year hiatus, announcing new album two weeks ago, made it available a week ago and it officially releases on Tuesday, October 16th. It’s excellent.


DaphniJIAOLONG

Top Track: “Pairs”

Daphni is one of the stage names for Daniel Victor Snaith, aka Caribou. He also goes by Manitoba.