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This August 10th-12th in Darrington, WA, Summer Meltdown Festival will be happening. Fifty bands between a mountain and a river, with tree camping and beer (and food venders), at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater.

Playing this year are Beats Antique, Blitzen Trapper, Pickwick, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, El Ten Eleven, the Moondoggies, and more. Glenn Danzig, however, is not playing.

Darrington is seventy-five miles northeast of Seattle, and the grounds are complete with a place for “Camp Traction Light Gatherers.” We all know what that means—Gandalf has glow sticks, and he’s out to fuck shit up. Day and weekend passes available. Whatever you’ve heard about Danzig, it’s not true.

Glenn Danzig is not playing Summer Meltdown Festival.

Austin Santiago and Craig Jewell from Bellingham’s Wild Buffalo, were brought in this year to book the festival, which is in its 12th year, and they’ve spiced things up nicely. Santiago spoke:

Will there be a lot of people on hallucinogens at the Meltdown Festival?

A decent amount on brain expanding will be going on, I would assume.

If someone eats a pound of mushrooms and thinks they are Papa Smurf, and ends up fetal position crying because they think Abe Lincoln is going to hack them in half with his cock-axe, what will you do?

If people turn into Papa Smurfs, they will get help from our wonderful medic staff to ensure they are safe and smurfing well, and able to defend against various Abe Lincoln weaponry.