Published May 29, 2009In mid-July, the already fantastic little ocean town of Anacortes, WA will get that much more exciting when the What the Heck Fest sets up shop. Typically putting on shows in record stores, coffee shops, halls, skate parks and unbelievable fire-station-turned-DIY-venue the Department of Safety, the festival is a consistent fixture in the world of Pacific Northwest indie rock.
This year's fest includes the regulars from the K Records family, including Calvin Johnson, Mount Eerie, Karl Blau and Mirah, but ups the ante with some out-of-towners like No Kids and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and some doom-laden metal from Wolves in the Throne Room and Earth. There will also be two performances of "In the Yard, Havin' Fun," a musical written and performed by members of No Kids and Cryptacize.
The fest takes place from July 17 to July 19, and tickets can be purchased for $50 U.S. here. In case you're wondering, Anacortes is about 90 minutes south of Vancouver, and can also be accessed via ferry from Victoria.
Just so you know what you're getting into, here's the full line-up: D+, Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Kimya Dawson, Grouper, Cryptacize, Mecca Normal, Vibrarians, Generifus, Katy Davidson, the Jam Band, Your Heart Breaks, Lucky Dragons, Karl Blau, Mount Eerie, Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionyso, No Kids, Ô Paon, "In The Yard, Havin' Fun" (a musical!), Mirah, Rose Melberg, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, A Space City Intensive, Angelo Spencer, LAKE, Motorbikes, St. Merman, Tara Jane O'Neil, Al Larsen and Photosynthesis.