Goldenvoice’s This Ain’t No Picnic To Feature The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Phoebe Bridgers, Reunited Le Tigre

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Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna (left) and Johanna Fateman (right) perform at London’s Forum on March 15, 2005, the last time the band toured. The band will reunite for Goldenvoice’s This Ain’t No Picnic in August.

Goldenvoice announced the revival of the Southern California music festival This Ain’t No Picnic and its 2022 lineup on Friday.

This Ain’t No Picnic will make its return at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 27-28, 2022, with a lineup topped by The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem.

The eclectic bill spans rock, punk, electronic and hip-hop, with other booked acts including Phoebe Bridgers, Beach House, Jorja Smith, Kaytranada, Jungle, Isaiah Rashad, Turnstile, Descendents, Mac DeMarco, IDLES, Circle Jerks, Caroline Polacheck, Four Tet + Floating Points, Courtney Barnett, Earl Sweatshirt, Deafheaven, Honey Dijon, Tinashe, Yves Tumor, Sleep, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mdou Moctar. A reunited Le Tigre will also perform its only reunion show of 2022 at the festival.

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The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem top the bill for Goldenvoice’s This Ain’t No Picnic, slated for August 2022.

Additionally, This Ain’t No Picnic will feature a “stage” for Despacio, the custom disco soundsystem built by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Goldenvoice’s talent buying team of Stacy Vee, Jenn Yacoubian and Rene Contreras led the festival’s booking.

This Ain’t No Picnic revives the Goldenvoice-promoted event of the same name that took place in Irvine, Calif., in 1999, 2000 and 2002. The festival was topped by Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney and Guided By Voices in its first year, Beck, Yo La Tengo, Built To Spill and Modest Mouse in its second and Guided By Voices, Jimmy Eat World and the Donnas in its third and final iteration. The festival takes its name from Minutemen’s 1984 song “This Ain’t No Picnic.”

The event adds to Goldenvoice’s ever-increasing stable of festivals, which include Coachella, country mega-fest Stagecoach and more specialized events like Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival, 88rising-affiliated Head In The Clouds, rap-centric Day N Vegas, ’80s-honoring Cruel World, ’00s throwback Just Like Heaven and Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw.

LCD Soundsystem is currently in the midst of a 20-show residency at Brooklyn Steel, its only shows of 2021, and has announced no other shows for 2022. The Strokes headline Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve, kicking off a busy year for the rock band that also includes headlining appearances at Lollapaloozas Brazil and Argentina and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, as well as several dates supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers in U.S. stadiums.

Le Tigre, meanwhile, last performed in 2009. The band, fronted by Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, toured U.S. theaters and clubs in 2005, when it also opened several summer dates for Beck. Le Tigre’s strongest box office showing was a sold-out, two-night Halloween 2004 stand at New York’s Irving Plaza that moved 2,000 tickets and grossed $38,500. Its top-grossing single-night showing was a sold-out July 2005 gig at Los Angeles’ Avalon that moved 1,435 tickets and grossed $25,840.

Last month, Goldenvoice announced a partnership with livestreaming platform NoCap. In October, Coachella and Stagecoach loosened vaccination requirements for their spring 2022 iterations, revealing that negative COVID-19 tests would now also be acceptable for entry. Goldenvoice added Marcus “Don Dada” Johnson as talent buyer for clubs and festivals in July.

Registration for This Ain’t No Picnic’s presale, which begins on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. PT, is now open. Remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. PT.