Now in its 5th year, it is just about time for the Pitchfork Music Festival and its 55,000 attendees to again swoop down on Chicago’s Union Park. Held over the course of three long, loud days & nights, Pitchfork is by far and away the most anticipated outdoor music event of the summer. Most anticipated that is, if you’re an indie rocker in skinny jeans with an ear for clanky-clonky twee jams made by other indie rockers in skinny jeans. Psyche! That’s not entirely true.
In addition to 39 other celebrated independent acts from across the musical spectrum, this year Pitchfork plays host to the behemoth reunion of The Jesus Lizard, hands down one of the greatest live bands of all time.
As a sponsor of this year’s festival, Incase will be on hand with bin stations spread out around the events grounds gifting attendees with a rainbow avalanche of free slider cases for iPod & iPhone. Also, be sure to stop by Pitchfork’s Recycling Store for additional Incase prizes and recycling contest giveaways.
Word to the wise— Wear a hat, drink water. Maybe bring a sheet or small blanket, you’re gonna want to lay down now and again. Seriously.
Have fun, we hope to see you there.
July 17, 18, 19th
Wow. We arrived in San Francisco last week, a little nervous about spending two days on an artificial island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, asking ourselves “Who actually lives on Treasure Island?” and “Is it really made out of trash and dredged mud?” Once we actually made it on-site (after a left lane exit ramp followed by a hairpin turn), we were blown away by the amazing views of the Bay Bridge, cryptic “no trespassing” and “radioactive” signage and laid-back vibe of the Treasure Island Music Festival.
We were onsite at TIMF for both Saturday’s dance line-up and Sunday’s indie rock jam, silkscreening scarves with custom SF-themed designs from the Royal Scourge and handing out free Incase product. The line for the Incase booth was at times out of control, winding itself into other vendors’ tents (sorry, Boost Mobile and Jim Streibich!)
We had a blast talking to festival goers about Incase and helping them choose custom Royal Scourge designs (Tenderloin furry with ballgag vs. Mission furry with fixie bike) for their scarves. Our scarves definitely came in handy as the sun went down and the wind whipped up!
We were also lucky enough to get Incase product to some of the festival bands: CSS, TV on the Radio (killer), Spiritualized (OMFG), Vampire Weekend, the Raconteurs and more.
Check out more photos (by Arlie Carstens) from the weekend. Thanks to our local staff Nick, Nihal and Josh, screen printers Zoe + Erik at VESL and The Royal Scourge for making this weekend a blast. YOU LOOKED GOOD!
If you’re in San Francisco this weekend, check us out at the 2nd Annual Treasure Island Music Festival, a two-day arts and music fest featuring Justice, Vampire Weekend, Spiritualized (!) TV on the Radio and more.
We’ll be onsite with local art and design collective VESL Studios in the Treasure Chest Vendor Village, where we’ll be silkscreening jersey scarves with artwork by NYC-based artist Royal Scourge. (Those are his furry creatures below)
And if you’re hanging out after the festival, be sure to stop by the Menomena show at the Independent. We’ll be there watching bands, talking about Incase and passing out some goods.
We’ve also contributed gear to the festival’s Recycling Center, so bring your recyclables and exchange them for an iPhone 3G case. And if you’re a blogger, please stop by our booth to pick up complimentary products to make blogging about the festival safer for your gear.
See you on the Island!
Fast on the heels of FYeahFest in Los Angeles, we spent Sept. 3-6th in beautiful Portland sharing Incase products and helping underwrite listener-powered, community radio station KEXP’s remote broadcast of the 5th annual MusicFestNW (MFNW).
By day, the Incase/KEXP Stage at the Doug Fir Lounge hosted live on-air sets by a vast array of independent artists from across the musical landscape, including Oxford Collapse, Centro-matic, Love As Laughter, Helio Sequence and Thrones among others.
And by night…well, we ran all over hell guzzling Stumptown Coffee, shooting photos of fixie bikes and catching sets by more than 200 MFNW artists playing in venues throughout the city. Highlights included TV On The Radio, Fucked Up, Past Lives, No Age, Les Savy Fav, Thrones, Triumph of Lethargy, Battles, Color Revolt, Monotonix, Akimbo, Polvo, Mogwai, The Muslims and Menomena. (Yes, it’s true—we saw every single one of those sets… plus about 40 more. Exhausting but well worth the hearing loss!)
Promoter Trevor Solomon and everyone at MFNW put on an incredible four-day festival in the heart of the city. Enjoy more photos on Flickr (shot by Arlie Carstens).
The 5th annual F Yeah Fest was a two-day celebration of independent music, charity fundraising and DIY arts activism. The multi-venue event featured an insane band line-up including local favorites No Age and Abe Vigoda.
Sunday’s main event was the popular LA Scavenger Hunt, which culminated in a prizing ceremony where one lucky team took home a Dub Bag for Bass Guitar. The festival closed with raucous sets by Baltimore’s Dan Deacon and Tel Aviv’s Monotonix.
We were on-site for all the festivities and had a great time doling out Incase goods to bands and fans alike. Check out all the photos on Flickr.
F-Yeah Fest 5—LA’s annual super-indie music/art/comedy fest is back (Aug. 30-31), and this time with a scavenger hunt, a taco eating competition, a dance-off, food galore and a kissing booth featuring the bongo player from Crystal Antlers! Check out the schedule.
Incase is the principal sponsor of this year’s F-Yeah Fest. We’ll be at the Echoplex both days of the festival with a wicked silkscreening setup to benefit 826LA. In exchange for silkscreening a t-shirt or tote bag with custom artwork by local LA artists, folks can make a donation to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Come on out to take part in the festivities. We hope to see you there!
The Incase t-shirt stenciling booth at Pitchfork was a huge success. Even with the heat, rain and mud, our booth saw a steady stream of traffic and produced some great one-of-a-kind tees for Pitchfork festivalgoers. Check out more of the creations on our Flickr stream.
Special thanks to our friends at Drillteam for getting us there.
If you’re in Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival, make sure to check out our booth where you can liberate your festivalgoer wardrobe with custom stenciling brought to you by your friends at Incase.
We’ve also contributed to the Pitchfork recycling store, so stop by and trade in your recyclables for Incase goods.