The Decemberists introduces its new Travelers Rest festival at Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater in Missoula, Aug. 12-13. The two-day event brings together more than 15 artists across two stages, curated by The Decemberists.
The Decemberists will headline both days of the festival, playing two unique sets. Other confirmed artists include Belle and Sebastian, The Head and the Heart, Sylvan Esso, Shakey Graves, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Real Estate, and Julien Baker. Additional artists will be announced later this spring.
The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy has a special connection to Montana: he was born and raised in Helena and attended the University of Montana in Missoula. The band’s leader says he’s very excited to be putting this event together for both Montanans and music fans from around the region.
“Growing up, it drove me crazy how many national touring bands skipped Montana altogether,” Meloy said. “I’m glad we can do our small part to bring more music to the area.”
Weekend passes for the Missoula festival are on sale now at at bigskybrewconcerts.com for $79.50. A VIP weekend pass option is also available for $149.50 (with upgraded amenities, premium viewing area, a festival poster signed by the band and more); $1 of every ticket sold will benefit ACLU Montana. The band plans to use the festival to shine a spotlight on several other such progressive-minded organizations working locally around the state.
For more information, visit travelersrestfest.com.
Since the 2015 release of its seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, the band has created a board game, Illimat, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their audacious 2006 Capitol Records debut, The Crane Wife, with the release of a limited-edition deluxe vinyl box set.
The band kicked off a run of 10 East Coast concerts on April 7 that culminates in a three-night stand at Brooklyn Steel in New York City April 17-19.
Visit decemberists.com/on-tour for a full list of tour dates.