The Just Like Heaven Festival has announced the acts that will be playing at the Brookside by the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, May 18.
For the sixth annual go round, the roster includes the Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie. Frontperson Ben Gibbard is pulling double duty for both bands, both of which will appear here as part of a larger tour which starts in April and celebrates the 20th anniversaries of Give Up and Transatlanticism.
Grammy-winning French indie rock band Phoenix released Alpha Zulu in 2022 and has been on various criss-crossing tours throughout 2023, most prominently with Beck in the summer of 2023.
The War On Drugs gained acclaim when their 2017 album A Deeper Understanding won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. Their last release 2021's I Don't Live Here Anymore was spread across a three-year recording period, but garnered critical acclaim as epitomized by several year-end lists from Stereogum, NME and Spin.
While some festivals focus on recent chart-toppers or nostalgia acts, Just Like Heaven has a mix of early-to-mid 2000s electronic-era artists that helped shape and define that eras culture. Previous line-ups have included The Hives, STRFKR, Peaches, Empire of the Sun, MGMT, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Modest Mouse, the Shins and Franz Ferdinand.
Out of the acts performing on that Saturday, one band is making a big return. Gossip, the eclectic genre-busting trio headed by Beth Ditto, has reformed after an eight-year musical hiatus. Their upcoming release Real Power will drop on March 22, and they are previewing those songs at the 4-day BBC 6 Music Festival in Manchester, March 7-10.
Tickets for Just Like Heaven are available to the public by pre-registering for passes that go on sale Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 pm ET. The pass tiers will be GA (General Admission), VIP or Clubhouse. Two add-ons for either general parking or preferred parking will also be available for purchase. And also of note: the Festival is not held inside the Rose Bowl Stadium, but just outside in the 'golf' areas designated as Brookside.
You can register for passes here.