Hickey Fest

It’s festival season in California, and one of the most interesting I’ve heard of is Hickey Fest, a three-day festival curated and organized by Oakland’s Ash Reiter in the woods of Mendocino County. The event features three very full days of music at The Peg House in the town of Leggett, with camping just across the road in Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, where you can swim in the South Fork of the Eel River. Tickets are just $45 (including camping) for all three days, which is a bargain for the camping alone. The lineup is mostly Bay Area artists, and ranges from the folk and country of Eight Belles to the garage rock masters Warm Soda to the experimental electronic stylings of JJAAXXNN. I’m a little biased (and a bit of a snob), but I think the lineup is more diverse and interesting than the boring safety of Outside Lands. No matter your taste, it’s a great way to get out of town and kick off San Francisco’s “summer” with a true summertime experience. The complete lineup and schedule is below.

Friday, May 24 (5pm–12am)
5–5:40 Waiting Room
6–6:40 Idea the Artist
7–7:40 Quinn DeVeaux
8–8:40 Daring Ear
9–9:40 Farallons
10–10:40 Mark Matos
11–12am Moomaw

Saturday, May 25 (11am–12am)
11–11:40 Eight Belles
12–12:40 Deep Ellum
1–1:40 Sunbeam RD
2–2:40 Couches
3–3:40 Cool Ghouls
4–4:40 Sea Of Bees
5–5:40 The Easy Leaves
6–6:40 FpodBpod
7–7:40 Radiation City
8–8:40 Ash Reiter
9–9:40 Warm Soda
10–10:40 The Blank Tapes
11–12am JJAAXXNN

Sunday, May 26 (11am–12am)
11–11:40 Sparrows Gate
12–12:40 Fanno Creek
1–1:40 Cave Clove
2–2:40 Assateague
3–3:40 Annie Girl & The Flight
4–4:40 Michael Musika
5–5:40 Tele Novella
6–6:40 Sugar Candy Mountain
7–7:40 White Cloud
8–8:40 Petejota
9–9:40 Sun Hop Fat
10–10:40 Kill Bossa
11–12am T.V. Mike & The Scarecrows

Hickey Fest
The Peg House / Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area (Leggett, CA)
May 24–26, 2013
$15 (single day – Friday)
$25 (single day – Saturday and Sunday)
$45 (all weekend)