Landmark Music Festival Announces Lineup

Landmark Music Festival Announces Lineup

The District is getting its scaled-down version of Coachella, the mega music festival of California; the Landmark Music Festival. From September 26th to 27th, the festival will begin from West Potomac Park and will be headlined by the rapper Drake. The festival will feature more than 40 acts altogether, including locals like Ex Hex and Wale and alt-rock acts such as Band of Horses, Alt-J, Strokes and the War on Drugs. Of course, nothing happens in Washington without a cause so there must be a greater goal for every outdoor music concert other than music.

Partly organized by the nonprofit organization Trust for the National Mall, the Landmark Music Festival will raise money and awareness for restoring the Mall. And the most interesting part is that even though the city has become used to seeing Usher and Bruce Springsteen at free music events like the Concert for Valor last year and the Earth Day concert this month, tickets will have to be purchased for the Landmark Music Festival and the proceeds will be given to the efforts of the Trust.

On Tuesday night, two day passes went on sale through the concert’s website, which are priced between $100 and $150. Tickets for a single day will also be released this summer and a lottery for 1000 tickets will also be announced soon. The eclectic bill of the event was booked by C3 Presents. Other events of this concert promoter include the three-day Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas. The former event draws about 300,000 people and will include performances by the electronic-music hero Dan Deacon, folkie Ben Howard and the great Dr. John from New Orleans.

President of the Trust of the National Mall, Caroline Cunningham, said that the aim of the festival is to attract the attention of millennials, who she referred to as the new-generation stewards of the Mall. However, the organizers have promised that the festival will be good for families and giving free admission to children under the age of 10. It is expected that about 50,000 people will attend the festival in two days.

Even though the concert is for the Mall, it will not be held there. The five stages of the Landmark Music Festival will be setup on the huge recreational grounds on the west of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. The backdrop of the festival will be the waterfront of The Potomac River. Stretching between the Lincoln Memorial and US Capitol, the Mall has hosted countless major events and concerts over the years.

But, some very crowded events are being displaced because of the multimillion-dollar improvements that are already ongoing on its barren turf such as the National Book Festival, which had to move indoors last year. Likewise, relocation will also be required for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to a smaller area of the Mall near the Museum of the American Indian. Cunningham said that it is important to raise awareness in order to raise funds because there are some major facilities lacking in the Mall.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.