Music Fest Northwest Festival announces initial 2009 lineup

Music News | Jun 24th, 2009

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Music Fest Northwest Festival has announced it’s initial lineup. Bands appearing during the Portland, Oregon festival include: Sunny Day Real Estate, Bad Brains, Dillinger Four, Explosions In The Sky, Beach House, Girl Talk, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Mudhoney And Tons More! The festival will be taking place between September 16th-19th at various venues in the metro area.

Here’s the press release:

Portland, OR (June 24, 2009): Willamette Week’s Musicfest NW announces this year’s festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. Do note all shows are first come first-served. Please visit for details on performers and where to purchase passes.

MFNW continues its tradition of supporting diverse genres that will appeal to every music fan. It’s also a great opportunity to visit one of the best cities in America.

On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW’s ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.

Seattle’s KEXP radio will broadcast live from Portland at The Doug Fir Lounge September 17-18 during MFNW, with live performances from artists playing the festival. Listener-powered and community supported, KEXP not only serves Seattle but also has a large loyal listener base in Portland and around the world who tune into WWW.KEXP.ORG through online streaming.

Last year, MFNW 2008 national talent roster boasted acts such TV on The Radio, Vampire Weekend, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, M Ward, Mogwai, The Fuck Buttons and so many more. MFNW also saw a double in attendance last year and brought in more community partnerships than ever before. The last eight years of the annual September festival have unquestionably met that goal, as MFNW has become synonymous with the region’s best music, while experiencing 25-30% growth in attendance.

How MFNW came to be one of Portland’s biggest music festivals began with the departure of the North By Northwest music festival (NXNW), in 2000. Willamette Week, Portland’s alternative weekly and longtime co-producer of NXNW, teamed up with members of the local and regional music scene to create a new music festival in 2001: MFNW.

Confirmed to play are national & regional acts (more acts to follow in the coming months):

Sunny Day Real Estate
Explosions In Sky
Bad Brains
Girl Talk
The Get Up Kids
Will Sheff (of Okkervil River)
Dirty Three
Frightened Rabbit
Twilight Sad
Dillinger Four
Swollen Members
Grand Duchy
Beach House
John Vanderslice
The Long Winters
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Pink Mountaintops
Portugal The Man
Viva Voce
The Builders and The Butchers
Langhorne Slim
Bobby Bare Jr.
Loch Lomond
Team Dresch
Erase Errata
J.D. Twitch (Optimo)
Youth Group
Titus Andronicus
The Zeros
Mount Eerie
Trash Talk
Despise You
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Richard Swift
Austin Lucas
Amazing Baby
Brother Reade
Love Language
Anders Parker
The Morning Benders
The Miniature Tigers
Common Market
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Say Hi
Rocky Votolato
Cymbals Eats Guitars
Red Fang
Norfolk & Western
Explode Into Colors
Portland Cello Project
Guidance Counselor
And much much more….


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