Bay Bridged

“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.”


“No, it’s not *that* kind of party. Seriously though, as far as new festivals go, Hickey Fest has a lot going for it. First and foremost, the 30+ bands in the lineup represent a sunny and homegrown vision of California indie pop and rock, Bay Area style. In fact, several of these artists (Quinn DeVeaux, fpodbpod, The Blank Tapes, Michael Musika, and festival curator Ash Reiter) have featured here at Popdose in the Parlour to Parlour video interview and performance series, so part of that vision is already familiar to you, the Popdose audience. Secondly, it’s more like Woodstock than any of the other festivals on this list in that the whole experience is built upon a weekend of camping out in the elements. The festival grounds are located at Standish Hickey State Park in Leggett, California, “where the South Fork of the Eel River shimmers against the backdrop of the majestic redwoods.” If camping out in the woods with like-minded people for 3 days of sun, swimming and fresh California indie music sounds like your idea of paradise, grab yourself an outrageously affordable 3-day pass in advance and head on over to Hickey Fest.”