Don't call it a comeback, kids. After a year on the bench, Denton's one-time premiere music festival NXNW -- er, 35 Confederate -- er, 35 Denton -- is poised to jump back into the fray in 2015. It'll be a slightly different landscape than when the festival last took place back in the spring of 2013; since then, another Denton festival, Oaktopia, has happened not once but twice, drawing on much the same format and establishing itself pretty well in its second go-round.
Then again, the two festivals take place six months apart (35 Denton in March, Oaktopia in September) and they offer pretty different lineups. Where Oaktopia draws more heavily on hip hop and electronic music, 35 Denton is hearkening its return with a headliner from the land of '60s pop: the Zombies.
Through its various incarnations, 35 Denton has built a reputation for pulling in bands that should be out its range, or else grabbing up-and-comers before they get too big. They've also traditionally started rolling out band announcements on Black Friday, so today's announcement is a little behind schedule. That may not be a surprise, though: The festival looks to be a smaller, lower-budget affair than its been in the past, but with Dallas Distortion Music's Evan Henry handling the booking it looks to lean heavily on the "up-and-comer" side of the equation.
Beyond the Zombies, the lineup announced today includes bands like New York's Mystery Lights, L.A.'s Cobalt Cranes and London's Happyness alongside local talent like Danny Diamonds, Slobberbone and Ten Hands. Of course, this is just the first round of announcements, and with the festival still four months away we'll see who else pops up.
Speaking of the festival date, it will be happening across three days in March, from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th. In other words, there's no lack of ambition in the planning going on here. But in this case waiting to see who else gets added to the lineup probably won't pay off: For today and tomorrow only, three-day passes will run a dirt-cheap $35. Tickets are available at prekindle.com.
If that's not enough to get you excited, here's a promo video to help roll out the announcement:
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