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First City Fest August 24th and 25th

Words by Paige Parsons

Photos by RETURNING;

Monterey is home to many beautiful and wonderful sights. Now you can add a new music festival to that list. Next weekend, August 24th and 25th marks the first annual First City Festival. Goldenvoice has booked over 30 bands to grace the festival’s three stages, and we’re pretty stoked about the lineup. We’ve spent a fair amount of time at festivals big and small, and it’s refreshing to see an event like this pop up in such a beautiful, remote, yet accessible spot.

While some fests lack a local flavor, it looks like First City will have a culture all it’s own with an old-time vaudevillian variety stage, carnival rides and games, as well as local beer and wine. Another added plus is the close proximity of both camping and a wide variety of hotels.

Tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website. Here’s the full lineup in alphabetical order:

The Antlers
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Beach House
The Black Angels
Blitzen Trapper
Capital Cities
Civil Twilight
Delta Rae
Delta Spirit
Devendra Banhart
The Dodos
Dr. Dog
Electric Guest
Eli “Paperboy” Reed Father John Misty
Guy Blakeslee (Entrance)
The Hold Steady
Jeffertitti’s Nile
Light Fantastic
Modest Mouse
Neko Case
Okkervil River
Passion Pit
Purity Ring
Seventeen Evergreen
Toro y Moi
Washed Out

If two days worth of music don’t seem enough, you can trip the light fantastic with two separate night shows on Saturday Night.

The Hold Steady with Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Fan Appreciation Show*
Saturday, August 24th
Planet Gemini in Monterey, CA
$37 (no fees!), Doors at 10pm
* Fans Will Choose Band Set List

Passion Pit (DJ Set)
Saturday, August 24th
Blue Fin in Monterey, CA
$27 (no fees!), Doors at 11pm

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