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First-Ever Thing Festival Announces Lineup Featuring Violent Femmes, Kurt Vile, Japanese Breakfast, More

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While Washington state’s beloved Sasquatch! Festival has gone the way of its namesake, never to be seen by human eyes again, its founder Adam Zacks has brought a new music festival to the Pacific Northwest, the vaguely named Thing. According to the event’s website, Thing actually derives its name from the medieval word ting, meaning “an assembly of free people to reduce feuds and avoid social disorder.”

Enough about etymology, though—we’re here for the lineup. Musical acts like Violent Femmes, Café Tacvba, Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Japanese Breakfast and Snail Mail will descend upon Port Townsend, Wash., to play at Fort Worden on the weekend of August 24-25. Thing will take place across three primary stages, one of which is a decommissioned zeppelin hangar, in the historic seaside town. Podcasts will also be featured, including Bunny Ears with Macaulay Culkin and The Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky. For all of you who feel like you’re dying every day, Russian Dolls’s Natasha Lyonne will also be making an appearance.

Thing tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26, at 12 p.m. EST and kids get in for free. See the fest’s full lineup below, beneath Violent Femmes’ 2016 Paste Studio session.

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