To mark its anniversary of 20 years in the music biz, the Chapel Hill-based Merge Records is doin' it big with XX MERGE, a five-day music festival from July 22-26, to be held for four nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC and for one night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus. Keep in mind, it's not that far of a drive! Among the many musicians to perform is Conor Oberst, the front man of Bright Eyes (who has gone solo and is scheduled to release a new album on May 5th via Merge Records) and Spoon. Read more in the announcement from Paste Magazine below.
A few months back, we made a promise that we'd dole out more information on the super-promising XX Merge Festival as soon as we got it. Well, it's three months later and we're finally delivering.
Five-day passes run at $150 and will grant you access to all XX Merge festivities. Passes go on sale April 8th. You can buy them here.
Merge announced the initial lineup for the five-day festival, which features Merge alumni and currents including Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Spent, M. Ward, The Rosebuds, Destroyer, Guv'ner, Polvo and Pipe & The Broken West (with many more to come if the label owns up to its promise of more than 25 bands).
The fest, which is happening July 22-26 in Merge's hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C., is a celebration of the label's 20th year in the music biz.