Drake, Strokes, Miguel & More to Play the National Mall

This fall, the National Mall is turning up its cool factor with a little help from the music world. On September 26th and 27th, 40 bands will play Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall at West Potomac Park—which is the strip of greenery just south of the Lincoln Memorial, along the Potomac River.

The goal? To turn the attention of young folk to a national space in need of new blood, support and restoration. We’ve gotta get the next generation on board. Music (and Miguel!) is the way to their hearts.

From Miguel's 3rd studio album WILDHEART

From Miguel’s 3rd studio album WILDHEART.

Whatever the impetus for the festival, it’s going to be a great show. The National Mall is bringing in music industry heavy hitters like Drake, The Strokes, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses and Miguel, as well as producer C3 Present, which is known for putting on rocking festivals like Austin City limits and Lollapalooza.

Here’s the official line up:

Saturday  Drake, Ben Howard, Band of Horses, Miguel, The War on Drugs, Nate Rues, Wale, Twin Shadow, The Lone Bellow, Daughter, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, The Mowgli’s, Rebirth Brass Band, U.S. Royalty, Vandaveer, Erik Hassle, Lion Babe, The London Souls, The Hunts and Empresarios.

Sunday  The Strokes, alt-J, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, George Ezra, Lord Huron, The Kills, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Dan Deacon, Houndmouth, The Joy Formidable, Rhiannon Giddens, boots, In the Valley Below, Hiss Golden Messenger, Red Baraat, Avers, The Suffers, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and Ace Cosgrove.

Though First-In Two Day Passes (a steal at $100 each) sold out quickly, you still have a variety of ticket options: an Early Bird 2-Day Pass for $150, a Saturday Single-Day Pass for $105, a Sunday Single-Day Pass for $105, or an Advanced 2-Day Pass for $175 (available as soon as Early Bird Passes sell out).

As the Landmark Festival will take place at the heart of the nation’s capital—and not the resource-scarce desert—there will be no shortage of food, water or brew. All general admission passes include access to the festival stages, a food court, bars, park attractions, a family area, free water stations and cooling areas with shade structures. There will also be a mini-fest just for kids and interactive installations.

So get your tickets and prepare your flower crown. It’s gonna be a hella cool weekend, brah.


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