Organizers today announced the Portland Lights Music Festival, a day-long celebration set for Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Eastern Promenade. Bands and artists officially announced for the inaugural festival include New England band Guster, Dr. Dog, Augustana, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, In The Valley Below and Portland’s own Dominic and the Lucid. General admission tickets are $24 and VIP passes are $60, and will go on sale via EventBrite this Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m.
Portland Lights, organized by media company TownSquare Media, will mark the first concert on the Eastern Promenade since 2012, when Mumford & Sons brought their Gentlemen of the Road tour to the public space, drawing more than 15,000 people. TownSquare applied for a permit to hold the event in Oct. 2014, which they at the time surmised would draw between 6 and 7,000 people. The festival and artists were announced Wednesday morning on Portland radio station WCYY-FM.
Headliner Guster is no stranger to Maine — lead singer Adam Gardner is a Portland resident, and the band just played a sold-out show at the State Theatre last week. Guster has had several alternative rock hit radio singles, including “Fa Fa” and “Amsterdam,” and just this year released its seventh studio album, “Evermotion.” Similarly, psychedelic indie rock band Dr. Dog are no strangers to Maine, either, having played in the state numerous times including at the State Theatre and at the now-defunct KahBang Festival in Bangor.