TBD Fest expands 2015 artist lineup, adds Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Toro y Moi and Allah-Las

TBD Fest

TBD Fest //
The Bridge District (Riverfront Street) – West Sacramento, CA
September 18th-20th, 2015 //

Elevating an already stellar lineup of music this September, TBD Fest has announced four artist additions to this year’s bill. While Pretty Lights, Tear for Fears, Chance the Rapper and Tyler, the Creator were revealed as headliners in two separate announcements back in May and June, the three-day festival has added 23-year-old EDM producer Porter Robinson, bass music enthusiast RL Grime, Chaz Bundick’s indie/chillwave outfit Toro y Moi and Los Angeles garage rockers Allah-Las to the mix.

Founded in 2007, TBD Fest has become over time one of Northern California’s premier music festivals, and the festival expects an attendance of approximately 30,000 this year. But with Chromeo, Ratatat, Purity Ring, Cut Copy, A-Trak, Mobb Deep, Twin Shadow, Dr. Dog, Tycho, Dinosaur Jr., Black Lips, Death Grips, Lyrics Born and Holy Ghost! also set to perform next month in Sacramento’s Bridge District, there’s every reason to believe the festival could sell out of single-day, two-day and three-day GA passes, which are priced at $79, $129/$139 and $209 (before fees), respectively. It’s why TBD Fest is one of our eight California music festivals you won’t want to miss before the end of 2015.

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8 California music festivals you won’t want to miss before the end of 2015

California music festivalsWritten by Josh Herwitt, Molly Kish & Nik Crossman //

Believe it or not, we’re already halfway through 2015. If you live in California and haven’t been to a music festival yet this year, don’t worry — you’re still in luck. Yes, Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle have come and gone, but summer is here and there are a number of music festivals in The Golden State that are quickly approaching. Here are eight that each offer their own unique experience and are sure to deliver before the calendar turns to 2016.

2015 Northern Nights lineup

Northern Nights Music Festival
Location: Piercy, CA
Dates: July 17th-19th
Tickets: Buy them here!

Donning “A Greener Festival Award” for their 2014 presence, the three-day Northern Nights continues to prove itself to be one of the most sustainable, community-driven festivals in its third year. The electric lineup promises to set trends, debuting a wide variety of talent sure to appeal to many tastes. Beyond the music, NNMF sets itself apart with unique “floating stages” and engaging activities, including art installations, yoga, DIY and dream-decoding workshops, comedy and more, encouraging all festivalgoers to apply and contribute to the events. Festivals must deliver an experience beyond the music to stay relevant, and NNMF’s dedication to sustainability and community involvement demonstrates an understanding of this paradigm shift. -NC

2015 HARD Summer lineup

HARD Summer
Location: Pomona, CA
Dates: August 1-2
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HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards has toed the line between the EDM and mainstream music worlds over the past few years, starting in 2012 when bands like Bloc Party and Miike Snow were featured on the lineup. This year’s bill continues along that trend with alt-R&B artist The Weeknd serving as one of the festival’s two headliners alongside several other non-traditional EDM acts, including Schoolboy Q, Ratatat, Chromeo, Die Antwoord and Caribou. Yes, there will actually be plenty of instruments being played on stage this year. Who knew an electronic-focused festival could offer the best of both worlds? -JH

2015 Outside Lands lineup

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Location: San Francisco
Dates: August 7th-9th
Tickets: Sold out!

Outside Lands has quickly risen from a SF summer highlight to one of the country’s top large-scale music festivals and a crown jewel of Bay Area production company Another Planet. Claiming the title as the “world’s only gourmet rock festival,” OSL has paved the way with its fairground food/music movement since 2008, setting the bar high with artisan experiences at its many “Lands” (wine, cheese, beer and choco) as well as its “Taste of the Bay Area” and “GastroMagic” programs. Although recognized as one of the premiere West Coast festivals, OSL still remains deeply ingrained in the rich culture of the Bay Area and continues to showcase some of the top talent in music, food, wine, beer, comedy, theater, art and culture on both a national and local scale. -MK

2015 FYF Fest lineup

FYF Fest
Location: Los Angeles
Dates: August 22-23
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With its eclectic lineup of indie rock, hip-hop and electronic-leaning acts, FYF Fest has become, in many ways, a Coachella offshoot over the years. That shouldn’t be all that surprising considering both are Goldenvoice-sponsored events at this point, but this year’s lineup feels underwhelming and repetitive in comparison to previous editions. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the Morrissey fans can finally rejoice. Other highlights include Bloc Party, D’Angelo & the Vanguard, FKA twigs, Run the Jewels, Mac DeMarco and Jon Hopkins, although it wasn’t that long ago that Chet Faker, Flume, Purity Ring, Dinosaur Jr., Toro y Moi, Simian Mobile Disco and Nicolas Jaar all played the fest, which will return to the LA Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park for its second time. And let’s also hope the FYF organizers have things figured out after last year’s epic line fiasco. -JH

2015 Symbiosis Gathering lineup

Symbiosis Gathering
Location: Oakdale, CA
Dates: September 17th-20th
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With 2015 marking Symbiosis’ 10-year “Re:Union”, the Northern California festival is set to impress. Born through a common vision of togetherness, Symbiosis encourages physical, emotional and social well-being through a vibrant community of artists, performers and creators. The lineup rivals other festivals in its class and compliments the unique multi-day “Immersion Workshops,” including Permaculture, Visionary Art and Yoga. In addition to complimentary camping, festivalgoers can upgrade to Reserved Car, RV or five-day “Ready, Set, Camp” glamping, aligned with the trend that festivals must deliver on the experience just as much as the lineup. As one of the older festivals around and their beautiful riverside venue, Symbiosis upholds its reputation as an experience you don’t want to pass up. -NC

2015 KAABOO Del Mar lineup

Location: Del Mar, CA
Dates: September 18th-20th
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2015 has already marked a banner year for the greater San Diego area’s music scene. First, it was CRSSD Festival making a big splash in its inaugural year this past March, and now it’s KAABOO Del Mar making its debut on the final weekend of summer. With over 100 musical acts scheduled, including two VIP performances from Sheryl Crow and Ed Kowalczyk, as well as a comedy lineup that boasts Joel McHale and Lewis Black, KAABOO is primed to compete with the other large-scale, three-day California music festivals in Coachella and Outside Lands. But KAABOO is not simply a “music festival.” According to its organizers, KAABOO is a “new kind of arts and entertainment ‘mix-perience’ designed around comfort, quality and good times.” Well then, let the good times roll by the beach this September. -JH

2015 TBD Fest lineup

TBD Fest
Location: Sacramento, CA
Dates: September 18th-20th
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Beginning as a one-day festival in 2007, TBD Fest has grown into one of the major-market festivals in the country. With top-notch acts like Pretty Lights, Cut Copy, RATATAT, Chance the Rapper, Chromeo and Tycho, the now-three-day affair presents an all-star lineup along the Sacramento River. Although there’s no camping, TBD Fest touts a commitment to “all things creative” with artists, boutiques, chefs, craft beer, cocktails, wine and more. -NC

2015 Treasure Island lineup

Treasure Island Music Festival
Location: San Francisco
Dates: October 17th-18th
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Treasure Island, a joint effort from Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop, hails as one of the West Coast’s premiere boutique music festivals. Year after year, TIMF has become known for its diverse lineup by booking some of the biggest talent worldwide. With one of the most seamlessly designed layouts, TIMF takes place against the gorgeous panoramic views of the SF Bay on the historical landmark site of Treasure Island. The grounds allow for an easy commute between its two stages and facilitates the festival’s strict policy of no overlapping sets, while free shuttle transportation to and from SF as well as a host of after parties sets TIMF apart from the competition. -MK

Which of these music festivals are you going to? Which are you looking forward to the most?

Outside Lands

TBD Fest brings the heat amid Sacramento’s extended summer

Crowd-TBD_postPhotos by Sterling Munksgard // Written by Molly Kish //

TBD Fest //
The Bridge District (Riverfront Street) – West Sacramento, CA
October 3rd-5th, 2014 //

During last weekend’s sweltering Sacramento heatwave, the inaugural year of the TBD Festival kicked off in a dust-filled blaze of glory. Bringing heavy hitting headliners, an extremely talented undercard and a friendly bill of vendors, artists and local culinary talent, this “little festival that could” superseded its climate challenges and provided festivalgoers with a three-day dance party for the books.

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Top Set: Moby
For those used to Moby’s ethereal trance and commercially sampled funk beats, catching one of his “DJ sets” should be something immediately pushed to the front of your live music bucket lists. Taking the main stage of the festival after Dillion Francis and Gramatik is no easy feat, but Moby did so with authority.

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With the bravado of an arena-headlining rock star, the diminutive DJ unleashed his electronic fury upon the Sacramento crowd, mounting his illuminated decks and demanding the audience to “get the fuck up” while donning an iconic Black Flag T-shirt.

Offering exhilarating, chaotic punk energy, he whipped the crowd into a dance-filled frenzy, ending the first night of the festival with a dirty electronic throw down and unleashing the fired-up 1 a.m. crowd into the quiet, unsuspecting West Riverfront streets of Sacramento. Final thought: “Moby doesn’t Play”.

Memorable Moments:
• MNDR joining RAC on stage for a live rendition of “Let Go” from their 2014 album Strangers
• Carousel’s sing-along cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
• Kauf’s impressive festival opening crowd at the Beautiful Buzz Stage amidst the mid-afternoon heat

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Top Set: Empire of the Sun
True showmen and the epitome of “fucking rock stars”, Empire of the Sun ignited a heat-stricken, second-day crowd, closing out the night in all their grandeur.

Empire of The Sun 6Hardcore fans came dressed to the nines in their own homemade headdresses and were eventually invited on stage to be part of the production. First-time viewers were dumbfounded by the intensity of the group’s fully immersive, theatrical performance with backing band and dance crew.

The spectacle that is an Empire of the Sun stage show is something that can only be rivaled by large-scale arena tours and Broadway productions.

Blowing the minds of a festival crowd is pretty much a just another day at the office for these two, and they left the Saturday night TBD audience stunned in their wake.

Memorable Moments:
• TASK1ne’s early morning fire-spitting, nearly nude hip hop throw down on the Block Stage
• Metz and Explosions in the Sky delivering guitar-shredding, face-melting sets to an otherwise dance-heavy bill
• The inimitable Danny Brown commanding the sold-out crowd during a late afternoon set on the Lowbrau Stage

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Top Set: YACHT
Owning the nu-disco slot on this year’s bill, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans brought their infectious energy and touring band members Jeffrey Brodsky and Rob Kieswetter to the early evening festival main stage.

Yacht 3An all-incorporated amalgamation of dance, punk, performance art, graphic design and party philosophy, YACHT’s conceptual stage show brought a much-needed turbo boost of energy to the festival-weary Sunday evening crowd.

At a crucially pivotal point in the weekend, YACHT mainlined their trademarked set of disco infiltration into the TBD festival audience, prepping them for a final evening filled with back-to-back dance parties spanning throughout the four various stages of the fairgrounds.

Reviving the audience as the night time approached with witty banter surrounding their abstract stage design, relentless energy and charisma, YACHT were the unsung heroes of the final hours of TBD.

Memorable Moments:
• Blondie’s free-for-all, DGAF’s set of brand new material, covers and everything in between — nothing short of the sassy, fierce and fan-blown, mini-skirt flashing Debbie everyone came to see
• Justice breaking all local sound ordinances well into the early evening hours, lighting up the surrounding suburbs with their closing set
• Viceroy’s party-rocking remix set, elevating the Sacramento crowd’s energy tenfold into a stage-wide, sing-along dance party



The festival, in the grand scheme of things, turned out be quite a success. Affordable prices, not only concerning tickets but also food and drinks, as well as many free samples and accommodating perks amidst the fairgrounds, made for an enjoyable experience, even amidst sold-out crowds.

The vendors had a great array of local fare, crafts, clothing and services to provide a comprehensive display of Sacramento’s budding independent culture. The art installations, cooking demonstrations, fashion displays and yoga classes were popular attractions to kill time between sets and were something everyone was generally excited to take part in all weekend.

The site and midday attendance were a little underwhelming at first impression, and there were some aspects that failed to deliver or were misleading about the location, including the complete absence of “The Barn” and a grassy park that was promised.

There were also some organizational and functionary issues on the production end of the spectrum:

• Mislabeled program guides, credential confusion and lack of signage for the stages

• Some technical issues cut into key sets, including The War on Drugs’ 45-minute soundcheck/guitar-tuning meltdown

Although with every first year festival there are complications, both anticipated and unexpected, TBD Fest made sure their problem-solving skills were on point and offered quick remedies to any issue that took place within their festival jurisdiction.

Extremely accommodating, well-organized and all in all, a very successfully tight-run ship, TBD Fest will only positively mature and evolve as a festival from this year forward. We definitely look forward to the “to be determined” future.

Five ways TBD 2014 aims to redefine the festival experience

TBD FestBy Molly Kish //

TBD Fest //
The Bridge District (Riverfront Street) – West Sacramento, CA
October 3rd-5th, 2014 //

Formerly known as the Launch Festival and founded by Michael Hargis, this annual music and arts showcase has succeeded in promoting both local and nationally emerging talent in and around the Sacramento region since 2007. Celebrated as both a one-day event and a week-long celebration during certain years, Launch Events has consistently curated an epic, multidimensional lineup rivaling that of large-scale music festivals nationwide.

Currently in its seventh year running, TBD Fest takes on both a new name and its most ambitious production yet. Three full days of innovative music, food, art and fashion will be hitting the West Sacramento Riverfront this weekend, throwing caution to the wind by placing creative ethos in the hands of its anticipated 30,000-plus attendees. What does the upcoming weekend hold for easily one of the most anticipated West Coast festival bills of the 2014 season? Well, quite simply, it’s To Be Determined.

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TBD Fest - The Barn

Touching upon the festival’s inspired focus on independent culture and design, Hargis and co-organizer Clay Nutting scouted out a fresh location that would allow them to build a cultural destination for the inaugural unveiling of TBD Fest. Positioned directly southwest of the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, the two cultivated a site that offered sweeping views of the city’s skyline, as well as enough space to house their $5.6 million architectural project with local developer Mark Friedman, entitled “The Barn”. Designed for year-round use, this 182-foot visually stunning wavelike formation of a wooden structure will serve as the festival’s centerpiece, hosting the full weekend lineup of musical talent against the capital’s cityscape. Highlighting the “indoor-outdoor living” of the typical Sacramento climate beyond this weekend’s festivities, the construction of “The Barn” aims to be the platform for Friedman’s larger vision of residential projects within the vicinity and continues to be utilized as an artistic venue for future community happenings promoting the region’s agricultural and philosophical identity.

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Branching out beyond simply music and art, Launch Events dove headfirst into one of the most underrepresented facets of a festival by revealing a brand-new, wood-fired cooking demonstration zone called “The Pit”. Choosing to highlight festival fare in a manner that is not only engaging to the audience but equally as integral to the festival lineup, TBD organizers aim to create an atmosphere that recognizes their handpicked culinary masters, as fellow artists on the events bill. Beyond a fleet of nearly 20 food trucks present on the fairgrounds and an Artisan Pavilion that will host restaurant prepared meals to be paired with craft beer and cocktails all weekend, TBD Fest will feature 14-plus chefs from critically acclaimed local restaurants (Grange, Hawks, Hook & Ladder, Lucca, Mother and Paragary’s), in an elaborate pop-up challenge called “Friendly Fire.” In which teams will compete, using locally grown ingredients to prepare a timed dish for festival attendees, who then will be in charge of voting for a winner. Participating chefs include:


Transcending generational margins, mainstream appeal, artistic medium and festival track records, TBD Fest has easily one of the most eclectically impressive lineups of the entire 2014 festival season. Boasting legends alongside unsigned ingenues, hard rock powerhouses commingling with experimental minimalists, grimy electronic acts, hip-hop archetypes, shoe gazers, pop tarts and everything in between, this year’s bill has surpassed most other Bay Area events, not to mention many national competitors on the booking front. Jam packing three days full of all-encompassing talent is one of the hardest parts of throwing a successful large-scale festival, but the organizers at Launch Events make this upcoming weekend seem as though they barely broke a sweat. Teasing hints of headliners as early as this past June, the TBD Fest lineup has been locked in on message boards and festival speculation sites for nearly five months now. Gaining this much traction with as many artists as it has across the musical gamete is something that only a team of seasoned professionals can typically pull off. A feat that will be incredibly exciting to witness and take part in, considering the future prospect of a festival of such magnitude.

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TBD Fest - Yoga

An emphasis on health and wellness also have a place within the TBD Fest agenda. Offering a full hour and a half of morning yoga sessions sponsored by Yoga Across America, Saturday and Sunday festivalgoers have the opportunity to balance themselves physically and mentally going into the longest days of the festival. Led by professional experts that are teamed with DJs and fellow musicians, all festivalgoers are welcome to participate in the weekend’s morning exercises and are encouraged to RSVP here. Donations are accepted (but not mandatory) and will be directly contributed to Yoga Across America’s efforts in “co-creating happier, healthier communities through the transforming benefits of Yoga.” Other opportunities to center oneself beyond the morning sessions at the main stage can be found in The Riverside Yoga Play Area where attendees can attempt Slacklining, Hooping and Acro Yoga along with ample opportunities for down time at The B-Side Lounge, sponsored by lululemon Athletica. Check out the full schedule here.

TBD Fest attendees

Beyond elevating the festival experience on several crowd engagement and talent booking levels, Launch Events took this year’s TBD Fest unveiling to the next level in cost effectiveness as well. Offering various tiers of ticket prices and options for nearly every type of festival attendee, TBD Fest’s prices are the most consumer-friendly passes this side of comped. By giving the festivalgoer multiple ways to afford attending this weekend’s festivities, TBD Fest circumvents the financial hindrances most of the general public’s excuses tend to stem from. Single-day tickets, early bird three-day passes, standard three-day passes, late three-day passes, late late three-day passes and VIP wristbands all within a price range starting at $69 to a mere $250 for complete access allow for everyone to be able to curate their own experience in whichever way they choose. Check out the price ranges and choose your level of involvement here. Also, if you’re interested in attending the festival on Showbams’ list, enter for your chance to win a pair of passes below!

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