The beautiful 3-headed beast that is Haim (rhymes with time) will let their hair down at MusicfestNW this year. Sisters Este Arielle, Danielle Sari, and Alana Mychal Haim have concocted a flawless musical trio full of delicate glamour, punchy vocals, and smooth, beat-pulsing harmonies.

Growing up in L.A., the girls played in their family band Rockinhaim giving them an early taste of what their talents have now turned into: a multifaceted triad with flowing instrumental elegance and real, pure, girlish charm. Consequently, Haim has become one of the most reputable, chic bands to hit the music scene in the last year. As teenagers, the family band had an annual gig, preventing the girls from attending Coachella. These days the three twenty-somethings headlined Coachella, with stellar performances both weekends.  Back in 2013, they made the rounds from Governors Ball, to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and even shared a stage (on a different night) with the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury. MusicfestNW is thrilled they are stopping by the Waterfront on August 17th. See you there! Tickets on sale now!


Future Islands does it again….and again

Future Islands does it again….and again…..and probably will do it a couple more times. They hopped on Jimmy Kimmel Live the night of May 5th and leadman Samuel T. Herring seduced the crowd once more with countless gyrations and thrusts. They performed “Sprit” and “Doves” from their Singles album. You can also stream their entire concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Make it full screen and you can almost taste the sweat dripping off Herring’s face. Declare your love for them at MusicfestNW this summer on Saturday, August 16th!

“Doves” on Jimmy Kimmel

“Spirit” on Jimmy Kimmel





Welcome to MusicfestNW 2014 on the Waterfront! This year will mark the beginning of some exciting new features for Portland’s annual music festival. Bands and fans alike will congregate down at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for two full days of amazing music featuring a variety of top-notch musical acts sure to illuminate the city. This year’s lineup includes acts ranging from the energetic hollerings of mashup artist Girl Talk to the smooth striking rhythms of Haim. Get prepared to be romanced by Phantogram’s psych-pop/hip-hop stylings and catch iconic Austin-bred band Spoon’s raw indie rock sound. Other acts include tUnE-yArDs, Run The Jewels, Future Islands, Fucked Up, The Antlers, Man Man, Pink Mountaintops, Gardens & Villa, Thundercat, EMA, Shy Girls, Modern Kin, The Districts, and Landlady. Artists will perform on two stages set up between the Morrison and Hawthorne Bridges.

MusicfestNW doesn’t stop at the music. There will be multiple food carts on-site to satisfy your grubbing desires as well as drinks a plenty to wet your whistle.

MusicfestNW is also working with Portland’s Hellion Gallery to bring visual arts to the music festival this year. Hellion’s curator Matt Wagner is joining forces with local artists featured in his new book, The Tall Trees of Portland to create new pieces specifically for the music festival. Look forward to alternative album covers for featured bands, live painting, and a 3-D installation welcoming people into the arts pavilion!

MusicfestNW’s annual poster mart will also feature unique, custom-made silkscreen designs from local artists.

In between the two stages, KIND Snacks will be presenting MusicfestNW’s very own headphone disco. Take a break from the outside world and listen to DJs spinning tracks on your own personal headphones.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 2nd. Don’t miss the early bird deals! One-day passes are $50 dollars and two-day passes are $85. Get them soon, only a limited number are available. VIP passes are also on sale now. Two-day VIP accommodations are for $300 and one-day VIP tickets are $175. Tickets can be purchased at musicfestnw.com/tickets.



Yes, it’s true.  MusicfestNW is changing it up for 2014! Join us August 16 & 17 as we take over Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the heart of downtown Portland! We’re sure you have some questions, so we’ll do our best to address them here.

With the continued growth of the festival, it’s a necessary change to make.  Every year we noticed it getting harder and harder to accommodate the average fan because of limitations of venue size and capacity. We want you to see all the bands you want to see.  We also want you to feel you are getting the value out of the MusicfestNW wristband you spent your hard earned money on.

Portland is a booming music town. Fans deserve an outdoor, summer music festival.  Music lovers are spoiled in Portland with amazing clubs and talent buyers.  Artists are constantly rolling in on both a local and national scale.  The success of Portland as a music community is the only reason we are able to make MusicfestNW work.  We love our clubs and fully support their efforts.  If you are reading this right now, just take the time to look through the local live music listings.  Portland is doing it, and doing it right.

Attendees will get an opportunity to see all the artists playing the festival.  Have you ever left a MusicfestNW show to catch another on the same night, in a different venue just to find yourself waiting in line with little chance to get into the club to see the artist you were hoping to see?  We know a lot of you did, and we know it rubbed many of you the wrong way.

So…This year, the cost of a MusicfestNW wristband will decrease!

MusicfestNW will now be more all-ages friendly than ever before!

Two stages, music all day, bars, food carts, art and more.  While we are changing the format, we want to keep it as Portland as possible by bringing all the culture that makes this city great to the waterfront.

We know change isn’t easy.  We love MusicfestNW and hope you do too.  We are excited about its future and will do our best to bring great music to Portland, in one location for your enjoyment.