Pickathon just added the hottest band around to the 2022 Lineup - Wet Leg. With a debut album lauded by virtually every press outlet there is, number one in the UK and Australia, and climbing the US Top 200 Billboard chart, this UK indie rock duo from the Isle of Wight are the main breakout story of 2022. NPR called their songs “loopy, addictive”, and The New York Times said they’ve “ascended as quickly and unexpectedly as any in recent pop history.” Pitchfork said “their debut is the sound of two women stoking mutiny from a slow descent into madness.” Lots of praise from around the world, and Wet Leg are sure to bring quite a party to the gentle forests of Happy Valley, Oregon, come August 4-7.
Pickathon also announced the legendary rapper GZA, who will be performing with his live band The Phunky Nomads. It’ll be amazing to have an original Wu-Tang Clan member onstage at Pickathon bringing the heat.
Additional artists added to the Pickathon lineup include Philly hardcore band Soul Glo, bluegrass tradionalists The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian troupe 79rs Gang, who recently collaborated with Win Butler of Arcade Fire.
These new artists join already announced headliners like Sons of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, fast rising indie artists like Goth Babe, Faye Webster, Sampa the Great and Quantic; and popular podcasts like Chapo Trap House and The Archive Project. With an unparalleled level of love from musicians who’ve played Pickathon, returning artists include Valerie June, Built to Spill, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and more.
The Pacific Northwest’s premier experiential music festival, Pickathon has been delighting audiences and challenging festival expectations for over 20 years. Set on the rustic Pendarvis Farm in the aptly named Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside Portland, Pickathon takes an approach to festival creation that’s more in line with independent filmmaking. Lineups are curated with up-and-coming artists to fall in love with; stages are carefully designed to create beautiful settings that draw you in. The food at Pickathon is a celebration of Portland’s food culture, featuring local breweries and wineries. Creating a holistic festival culture, Pickathon also offers spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy, literary readings, a full-range of kids’ programming, wellness events, art installations, and much more. Pickathon is a pioneer in zero-waste environmentalism at festivals, leading the way for other festivals to practice a new level of sustainability. Pickathon is the very definition of quantity over quality, preferring to create a smaller, more intimate festival setting to explore the best of the Northwest.