After a two-year hiatus, the All Things Go music festival will take place on October 16th, 2021, with a jam-packed lineup of Indie heavyweights such as Girl in Red, Lauv, and St. Vincent. For the regular All Things Go attendees (like us), the festival will look different from previous iterations with a new venue and the switch to only being one day. In this article, we’ll outline the key details of the fest and offer some brief thoughts regarding the lineup release. Welcome back All Things Go! We are very glad to have you again.
One of the biggest changes to the festival is the movement from Union Market to the ‘burbs of Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Union Market had been the location since the inception of the festival, but the Post Pavilion provides much more room for distancing as well as the opportunity for multiple stages. Although the setup of the two stages have not been officially announced, it is likely that one will be under the main pavilion and the other will be on the lawn on the opposite side.
Having two stages will also be an excellent upgrade for DC festival fans longing to have a typical chaotic music festival feel, which is a departure from the intimate Union Market. This means more non-stop action and gives the attendee more options when customizing their day, which is both a blessing and a curse. However, with the diverse lineup that the fest has put together this year you will have the opportunity to listen to solid indie bands whoever you decide to see. Additionally, the Post Pavilion is located less than 45 minutes from D.C. and with bus options from nearly every area of the city it will be easy to access.
The movement to a one-day fest is also an intriguing move. Whereas the previous vibe of All Things Go sort of felt like an incredible binge watch sesh starting with emerging talent and culminating with the likes of Billie Eilish, this year fans will have more choice in who they want to listen to. While this will inevitably cause some conflict among decisions of which stage to visit, it seems like a step in the right direction as the festival continues its growth.
Even though many aspects of the festival have changed, one thing that remains the same is the excellent curation of an indie-centric lineup. Sticking to their guns, All Things Go is pairing up and coming artists such as Haim and girl in red with bedroom pop favorites Charli XCX and Lauv. This is All Things Go’s deepest lineup, which is perfect for their two-stage set up.
Many of the performers in this year’s lineup have risen to fame throughout the course of the pandemic, so it will be an awesome experience for much of this new talent to relate to fans at such a diverse venue. Some examples are Gus Dapperton who exploded in the music the scene with his release of the song “Supalonely” with Benee. And Soccer Mommy has generated critical acclaim with her song “Circle the Drain.” Haim also looks to carry the momentum from their recent album success with Women in Music Pt. III and their strong performances on nationally televised events such as the Grammy’s.
We are extremely excited for this year’s festival and welcome the changes with open arms! Look out DC your opportunity for a day filled with Indie-Alternative-Pop is quickly approaching! Find tickets at their official website here.
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