TBD Fest – Festival Preview


It has yet to be determined what’s in store for us when the inaugural TBD Fest hits the streets of Sacramento this weekend, October 3-5. What we do know is that we’re damn excited—and for good reason. This isn’t the first rodeo for the fine folks at Launch Events. What was once a one-day hotel party known  as Launch Festival has evolved over the years into a week-long Sacramento showcase of music, art, fashion, technology, and lifestyle. This year, Launch has been rebranded and renamed as TBD Fest, and it’s an entirely different beast, though the Launch spirit remains in tact.

We don’t expect this 3-day festival to have the roughness of a typical first-year fest. I mean, just look at the lineup: an eye-catching list of headliners with a juicy supporting bill as well. These guys know what they’re doing. This weekend, a world-class event is coming to California’s capital, and as a NorCal native, I couldn’t be more excited. TBD aims to be an evolution of music festivals, and I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves. It’s going to be more than a music festival– it will be a festival of art, life, and forward-thinking. But the soundtrack is going to be pretty killer.

On that note, let’s take a look at that soundtrack. Dance music fans will have their plates full with mega-headliners Moby and Justice, who will have support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Keys N Krates, RAC, The Gaslamp Killer, Viceroy, and more. Hip-hoppers will be stoked to see local legends Deltron 3030 as well as one of my personal favorites, Danny Brown. The live acts are what really set TBD Fest apart from other festivals though. A truly unique and exciting bill of awesome rockers and indie poppers ensure that we’ll be getting down on the dance floor. Empire of the Sun, Blondie, Kurt Vile, DIIV, Cherub, MS MR, MNDR, Goldroom, and a hefty group of local artists will have us partying like it’s 2014. Oh, and Explosions in the Sky is going to absolutely annihilate our faces and bodies with loud, emotional, instrumental masterpieces.

So yeah. The lineup is insane. What’s more insane is that this party is going to be happening right along the Sacramento River in the Bridge District of West Sacramento, just minutes away from downtown. The event is going to have a heavy emphasis on food, art, yoga, technology, and lifestyle. This is taking place in the state’s capital, after all, not exactly known as a party destination. But we will party. And we will think. And we will live. This is going to be the real deal. A true sensory exploration and one hell of an audio/visual adventure. TBD Fest, we don’t know what you’re going to be, but we’re ready for you. See you on the other side.

Check back next week for our official review. Until then, check out the full schedule, which was released this morning, and get your ears warmed up below.