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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Meltdown Festival: August 10-12. Fifty Bands, Glenn Danzig Not One of Them

Posted by on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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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.


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line up looks fantastic!
Posted by gatherlight on July 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Trent Moorman 2
1 - agreed. I've been wanting to see El Ten Eleven for a bit.
Posted by Trent Moorman on July 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this
I am biased as fuck, but that lineup + camping in the woods + river access + day passes available + camping being included in the ticket cost. You would be strained to find a better time than Meltdown. They cap the attendance at 5,000, which is awesome.
Posted by Meat Pocket on July 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
AuzSantaigo 4
Trippy Mane.
Posted by AuzSantaigo on July 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
I have been to this festival for the last four years and have also worked it. Imagine a bigger festival, but instead of paying $10 for a beer you only pay $6. Instead of waiting in really long lines for disgusting honey buckets, you wait in short lines for exceptionally clean portapotties. And instead of camping next to a bunch of douche bags with cut off tees playing nickelback, you are camping next to some of the nicest and sincere people you will ever meet on this earth. LONG LIVE SUMMER MELTDOWN.
Posted by vinrock on July 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
Masi 6
Festival looks solid and fun. Even though Danzig isn't playing. I'm more afraid of Light Gatherers than I am of Abe Lincoln's cock-axe.
Posted by Masi on July 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Polecat will be closing out the festival this year! Sunday night at the Beer Garden Tent... come get down with us :)
Posted by polecatband on July 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this

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