Move over, South By: D.C.’s getting into the big-ass music festival game. This September 26 and 27, West Potomac Park (that’d be the field just west of the MLK and FDR memorials) will host a two-day, five-stage concert headlined by Drake and the Strokes.
In addition to local acts like Ex Hex, Wale, U.S. Royalty, and Ace Cosgrove (plus Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon), the festival will feature alt-J, CHVRCHES, Band of Horses, Twin Shadow, the Joy Formidable, and more than 30 other bands and performers.
Dubbed the Landmark Music Festival, the event will raise money for the Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit that works with the National Park Service to preserve D.C.’s main tourist hub. The Mall is currently undergoing a major multi-year renovation to shore up the turf, which will demand stricter regulations on what can and can’t happen on America’s Front Yard.
According to the festival’s website, the Mall’s monuments and landscaping need $750 million in repairs and upgrades. “[The Mall] represents our country’s collective voice, its heroes, and its timeless values,” the site reads. “But today, the National Mall—and all that it stands for—are at risk.” Quick, get my checkbook!
If you’re an early bird and can get your act together before 10 a.m. today, you’ll be able to get in at the first ticket level: $100 for a two-day pass. (It takes some nerve to cut off the cheapest tickets less than 24 hours after the concert’s announcement, but maybe that’s just another example of our nation’s deteriorating “timeless values.”) After that, two-day ticket prices will jump to $150 and eventually top out at $200. One-day passes will stay at $105, and two levels of VIP passes are also available for the fancier among us.
Photo of Drake via Wikimedia Commons