Indie-avant garde rockers DIRTY PROJECTORS, electro-thrash artist SLEIGH BELLS, and sunny-post punks BEST COAST will join GRIZZLY BEAR and DINOSAUR JR. as headliners for this year’s Pygmalion Music Festival taking place September 27-29, 2012 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
The tastemaking festival, now in its eighth year, will feature even more notable acts including Cloud Nothings, Tennis, Hospitality, Willis Earl Beal, Frankie Rose, Big Freedia and The Divas, Lord Huron, Julia Holter, Eternal Summers, Laetitia Sadier, Craft Spells, Owen, Oh No Oh My, Zeus, and more.
Single show tickets are slated to go on sale later this month; festival passes are currently on sale and are almost sold out. More artists will be announced later in the summer.
This year the festival will be improving upon its new model of incorporating outdoor shows into its already established history of presenting artists in the best venues around Champaign and Urbana. Whereas last year saw the festival’s first ever outdoor concert for the Polyvinyl Records’ 15 Year Anniversary party as a huge success, this year will see an even bigger and broader approach to the festival weekend. Pygmalion will be presenting not just one, but TWO major outdoor events in 2012. On Friday night, Downtown Urbana will play host to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor stage with Dirty Projectors taking center stage. Original festival venue stalwart, The Canopy Club, will be home to the Opening Night show with Sleigh Bells, as well as the late show on Friday with Best Coast. On Saturday, all day, Downtown Champaign will take center stage, hosting another all day outdoor show, with both Grizzly Bear and Dinosaur Jr. set to anchor the show.. In 2012, the outdoor Saturday concert will feature over 12 acts on two stages, against the gorgeous backdrop of an energized Midwestern small college city.
Festival passes are currently on sale for $75 and then will jump to $85 at a later date. The festival pass guarantees admission into every show at the festival, depending on capacity limitations. Single tickets for every show will be available as well. The on-sale date for those shows and tickets will be announced at a later date as well. Festival passes can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/pygfest2012
The Pygmalion festival is presented in partnership with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and sponsored by 88.7 WPCD, Red Bull Music Academy, and Smile Politely – Champaign-Urbana’s Online Magazine.