Matador Records is celebrating its 21st birthday -- Matador At Twenty One -- in style with The Lost Weekend at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas October 1st - 3rd! The iconic label has just announced the final schedule for the fun music weekend in Sin City as well as some last minute line-up additions. The Matablog says Liz Phair, The Clean, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, and Perfume Genius will all additionally be on the weekend bill. They also announced the names of the MC’s for the Vegas event: Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, and WFMU's Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, plus a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground.
Understandably when a uniquely located weekend music festival featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Pavement, Cat Power, Guided By Voices, Belle & Sebastian, The New Pornographers, Superchunk, Chavez, Yo La Tengo, Cold Cave, Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion comes around, the tickets sell out fast. And since tickets went on sale July 9th, around the time it was blogged about here by Miss Ess, they have been selling incredibly fast. Already all the VIP passes are sold out, but Matador has just announced 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person that will be available via a public lottery sometime this coming week. The Lost Weekend organizers strongly suggest frequently checking here and here during the coming days for details on these much sought after tickets.
Besides the fantastic line-up, any music festival that involves staying in a nice, comfortable hotel with clean sheets rather than the more typical camping out in a tent in the desert or in some rainy field is appealing to many (especially mature) music fans. But that line-up? Damn! And now with Liz Phair added to the bill it is just perfect. After switching from making music under the moniker Girly Sound, Phair released her groundbreaking debut (and best album) Exile in Guyville on Matador in 1993 and, due to its wide critical acclaim, she helped shed even more light on the already revered indie label.
Phair is scheduled to play on the closing night of Matador at Twenty One festival along with Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, and Shearwater. Opening the festival will be Guitar Wolf, the first band of the weekend, kicking things off at 7pm on October 1st at the main stage (The Pearl).
For the exact Lost Weekend line-up click here. And if you can't make it to the fest, look for a wrap up by our Brad Schelden here on the Amoeblog soon after the event.