Published Apr 16, 2008What was rumoured is now official: Sub Pop Records will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a big ol festival. On July 12 and 13, the label will be gathering artists from its past and present just outside Seattle at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., for whats been dubbed the SP20 Festival.
On the historical side of things, the renowned label will be pulling a lot of old acts out of retirement, such as the Fluid (the first non-Seattle act signed by Sub Pop), Green River (who went on to form Pearl Jam and Mudhoney), Red Red Meat (now better known as Califone), skate punkers Seaweed and the Sade-loving, psych-country rockers, Beachwood Sparks. With regards to Sub Pops current roster, SP20 will feature performances by No Age, Low, Wolf Parade, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Flight of the Conchords, Pissed Jeans, Comets on Fire, the Ruby Suns, Foals, Grand Archives, the Helio Sequence and Kinski. More bands are expected to be added shortly as well.
The festival will also host a comedy night on July 11 at Seattles Moore Theatre, which draws on the comedic talents of Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry and guests. Whats more, the label has announced it will be re-launching limited runs of prized and often highly eBay valued Sub Pop singles club, along with a hefty reissue campaign that starts with an expanded edition of Mudhoney's 1988 EP Superfuzz Bigmuff on May 22.
And to prove Sub Pop has a nice, big indie rock heart, all proceeds from tickets, which go on sale April 26, will be go to charity. Oh you sweeties!
Beachwood Sparks "By Your Side"