Lollapalooza and Pitchfork may have passed by and left everlasting imprints on its attendees, but there’s still plenty of time to partake in an enriching and empowering musical experience, something that could make this summer the best one yet. That goes beyond just by checking out North Coast and Riot Fest. From the promoters of Coachella comes First City Festival, an all-ages boutique music and arts event occurring this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. With three intimate stages amidst an eclectic pool of artists on the same coastal grounds where the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival occurred, this year’s festival includes Beck, The National, The Naked and Famous, Best Coast, Phantogram, and more, totaling over 30 artists. In addition, vaudeville stage sensations John Brothers Piano Company, Puddles Pity Party and Vau De Vire Society Dancers will be performing.
Named as California’s official “first capital” and “first city,” Monterey has become one of the country’s most _ vacation spots, home to the state’s first theatre, public library and publicly funded school, printing press and newspaper. The notorious Monterey Pop Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival have also as a music metropolis, and with the inclusion of First City Festival (a legend in the making), it will only continue to grow. Only in its second year, First City Festival featured an audience of 10,000 and known acts like Modest Mouse, MGMT, Capital Cities, Passion Pit and Neko Case in 2013.
Tickets can be purchased here. Single-day GA tickets are $79.75 with unlimited carnival rides and no additional fees. Two-day GA tickets are $159.50, while VIP passes are $289.50. Additionally, hotel and shuttle packages are available for purchase.
The full day-by-day lineup at FIRST CITY FESTIVAL is as follows:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 Line-up
BECK – PHANTOGRAM – BEST COAST – COCOROSIE – BLIND PILOT – TOKYO POLICE CLUB – UNKOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – MIDLAKE – HOW TO DRESS WELL – TANLINES – MINIATURE TIGERS – SPEEDY ORTIZ – THE STEPKIDS – MIMICKING BIRDS – MR LITTLE JEANS – THE LONELY WILD – DOE EYE – SURVIVAL GUIDE.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 Line-up
THE NATIONAL – THE NAKED AND FAMOUS – DAWES – CULTS – FUTURE ISLANDS -- LAKE STREET DIVE – GEOGRAPHER – LIARS – DALE ERANHARDT JR. JR. -- SAN FERMIN – THE MEN – LO FANG – CONNAN MOCKASIN – MIDI MATILDA -- SLEEPY SUN – QUILT – THE FAMILY CREST – COOL GHOULS.
Among highlighting popular and up-and-coming musicians, First City Festival guarantees a laidback and entertaining environment with a carnival (rides and games included), as well. A new addition to the festival is a full Craft-beer and wine garden (featuring California wines), not to mention gourmet food vendors and a vinyl record marketplace curated by Beat Swap Meet. More importantly, First City is the only U.S. festival to spotlight the Unique USA Marketplace, where independent designers from all across the country gather and sell handmade couture and more.
First City Festival runs from 12-11 p.m. each day. For a complete schedule and more information, check out the site here.