The Pygmalion Music Festival has, now in its sixth year, firmly established itself as a major and innovative presence in the universe of North American music festivals. The festival’s schedule is now complete and viewable on the fest’s site ( ). This year’s lineup:

of Montreal * Janelle Monae * Built to Spill * Roky Erickson w/Okkervil River * Caribou * Ted Leo & The Pharmacists * Cut Chemist * Cap’n Jazz * Surfer Blood * Plastician * Holy Fuck * +/- (Plus Minus) * Those Darlins * Fang Island * Cults * Owen * Colour Revolt * David Dondero * Candy Claws * Turbo Fruits * Light Pollution * Butterfly Bones * The Chain Gang of 1974 * Common Loon * Community College * Darren Hanlon * Deathtram * Dirty Feathers * DJ Belly * DJ Mertz * DJ Solo * Drink Up Buttercup * The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra * Famicom * Elsinore * Gold Motel * Grandkids * Jared Bartman * Jimmy Gnecco * Lookbook * Nameloc * New Ruins * The Poison Control Center * Pomegranates * Revolt Revolt * Royal Bangs * Santah * So Long Forgotten * Take Care * Unwed Sailor * The Viper & His Famous Orchestra * Why I Like Robins * Withershins * World’s First Flying Machine

Since its inception in 2005, Pygmalion has set itself apart from behemoth conferences like SXSW and CMJ as well as from large-scale fairground-based events such as Coachella and Austin City Limits by presenting both established and emerging artists in venues no bigger than a small theater. The festival, boutique in spirit and visionary in scope, thrives in the unique niche of its humble Champaign-Urbana setting, and is honored to continue growing within that intimate context. This year, Pygmalion presents more than 100 performers over four days in 15 different venues taking place in two different vibrant neighborhoods in Champaign-Urbana.

Festival curator and founder Seth Fein has been honored to continue to grow the Pygmalion Music Festival since watching it thrive over the years, thanks to the generous support of community businesses and national sponsors, as well as the University of Illinois’ highly-acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Serving as a bridge between the area’s thriving local music scene and the national indie rock touring scene has always been and remains part of the festival’s focus, as local bands are present at each show alongside some of the finest performers that the world has to offer.
Each Pygmalion Music Festival show offers tremendous intimacy, near-perfect sightlines, short lines and shows that are filled yet comfortable. Located just two hours south of Chicago, north of St. Louis and west of Indianapolis, Champaign-Urbana is in a great, easy-to-reach location. The campus of the University of Illinois is easily traversed by foot, and features myriad lodging and culinary options. The area’s history-rich music scene has birthed multi-platinum artists including REO Speedwagon, seminal emo-punk band Braid, nineties alternative juggernauts HUM, and awesome indie labels Parasol Records and Polyvinyl Records. Suffice it to say, the community is only too excited to present what has become one of the finest fall destinations for music festivals in the Midwest.

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