Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky head Musicfest NW 2011

Musicfest NW, the Pacific Northwest equivalent of South by Southwest, will return to Portland, Oregon from September 7-11. Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, Iron and Wine, The Kills, the recently reunited Archers of Loaf, and Butthole Surfers will head this year’s edition, which will see over 150 acts playing across the city’s 18 venues and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Other confirmed notables include Neurosis, Blitzen Trapper, Sebadoh, Handsome Furs, Little Dragon, The Antlers, YACHT, The Horrors, The Thermals, Kylesa, Ted Leo, Crooked Fingers, Twin Sister, Sharon Van Etten, The Joy Formidable, The Vaccines, and Blind Pilot.

If that weren’t enough, this year’s bill also includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Charles Bradley, Thee Oh Sees, Avi Buffalo, Cass McCombs, Phantogram, Rhett Miller, Big Freedia, Givers, Ty Segall, EMA, Dam-Funk and Master Blaster, Shabazz Palaces, Tennis, Centro-matic, The Moondoggies, PS I Love You, The Gaslamp Killer, Dirty Beaches, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and The Soft Moon. Click here to view the complete lineup.

Festival wristbands and tickets for shows at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Crystal Ballroom, Roseland Theater, and Aladdin Theater go on sale on Friday, June 3rd. Festival wristbands are on sale at two price points: 1.) $115 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into all three outdoor shows and the rest of the five-day festival. 2.) $70 for a ticket to one of the three outdoors shows (Band of Horses, Explosions in the Sky, or TBD band) and admission to the rest of the festival. For further information, visit the festival’s website.


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