KahBang Festival announces initial lineup

The KahBang Festival announced on Wednesday evening the initial lineup for its 2012 festival. The Bangor Waterfront will host electronic musician Bassnectar (pictured at left), rapper Wale (pictured below) and alternative rockers the Deftones (pictured at the bottom) during the two-day music festival, set to be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11. The festival will kick off with a free outdoor concert in both West Market Square and Pickering Square on Thursday, Aug. 9, details for which will be announced in the coming weeks, along with the remaining headliners and other bands.

“This year we decided to really push the discovery aspect of the festival. As
part of this we have increased the number of music showcases in the smaller downtown venues and worked to offer more performances on the Waterfront,” said Joshua Gass, creative director for the KahBang Festival. “The festival has moved to a four-day format with kickoff events downtown on Thursday the ninth, as well as some additional offerings on Sunday, which is new for us.”

Other bands set to perform during the festival include dance-friendly up-and-comers Reptar, electro-pop musician Penguin Prison, Maine-by-way-of-New York songwriter Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and a number of KahBang alums and crowd favorites, like the soulful rockers Bad Rabbits, and the Gay Blades, who will make their fourth KahBang appearance this year. Returning this year will be camping passes for festival attendees (location in the Bangor area to be announced), as well as the ability to buy early-bird passes at a reduced rate, available online now at kahbang.com.

Rounding out the lineup are the following acts: Now Now, Astronautilus, Spose, the Mallett Brothers Band, the Other Bones, Black Taxi, Lazerdisk Party Sex, Late Cambrian, This Way, Aloud, Volcano Rabbit, Animal Talk, Stone Cold Fox, Lunic, Herra Terra, the Aviation Orange, My Pet Dragon, Steel Phantoms, Blackboard Nails, Miniboone, Lights Resolve, the Cyborg Trio, the Milkman’s Union, When Particles Collide, the Bynars, the Young Readers, Freak Owls, the Behavior of Moths, Box Tiger, Sunset Hearts, A Severe Joy and Rob Burnell.

Last year’s KahBang Festival brought nearly 8,000 people to the Queen City for an eclectic array of bands, as well as for film and arts events. Now in its fourth year, the festival brings together an assortment of national acts both big and small, as well as some of the best bands in Maine, along with visual artists, filmmakers and other creative people. While the full-on film festival of the past two years is gone, there will be film events on-site on the Waterfront, and there will still be a pop-up gallery in downtown Bangor for the week of the festival.

“We have integrated more of It into the overall festival by adding a film tent for screenings on the waterfront,” said Gass. “But we will still be offering film screenings and art exhibits downtown as well during the fest. We plan on announcing these events on June 18th.”

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.