Iron & Wine, RJD2, Low, Wavves, Many More Head to Champaign, Ill. for Pygmalion Music Festival

August 20, 2009  |  9:59am
The West Coast has Coachella. In the East, there's All Points West. In the South there's Bonnaroo, and the Northwest has Sasquatch. But in the world of big-time festivals, the heartland of central Illinois rarely gets love. That is, except when Pygmalion rolls around.

Located almost exactly two hours away from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, is a little town called Urbana-Champaign, Ill., home to the University of Illinois, some of the best thin crust pizza outside of St. Louis, and for the fifth year running, the Pygmalion Music Festival. Taking place on Sept. 16-19, the fest has amassed quite the lineup of bands, including Iron & Wine, Lucero, RJD2, Ra Ra Riot, YACHT,  My Brightest Diamond, The Japandroids, Wavves, Low, Autolux and The Books, as well as many, many others. Oh and if you're wondering, yes, the festival is named after the Slowdive album.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now for $60, although Pygmalion's website notes that prices "will go up without notice." (Hey, at least they're honest.) The festival's performances take place SXSW-style at C-U's veritable cornucopia of venues, including Bentley's Pub, Blues BBQ, Canopy Club, Channing-Murray Foundation, Cowboy Monkey, The Highdive, Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, Krannert Art Museum,Krannert Center, Mike & Molly's, Parasol Records Store, Red Herring and Sandella's. If you really only want to hear one band at the festival, you can buy individual tickets for specific shows, though if you're just planning on seeing Iron & Wine, individual tickets are almost sold out. The festival has also set up a plucky little FAQ section to answer any other questions you may have, as well as give you bad baseball advice.

Full lineup:

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Canopy Club:
8:30 PM - Common Loon
9:30 PM - Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band
10:00 PM - Owen
11:00 PM - Japandroids
12:00 AM - Headlights
1:00 AM - Physical Challenge DJs

Thursday, Sept. 17

Blues:
11:45 AM - Liesel Booth
12:30 PM - Pamela Machala

Sandella's:
12:45 PM - Tracey and Tricia
1:30 PM - Stanton McConnell
2:15 PM - Cara Maurizi

Red Herring:
6:00 PM - Morgan Orion and The Constellations
7:00 PM - My Dear Alan Andrews
8:00 PM - Post Historic
9:00 PM - Early Day Miners
10:00 PM - World's First Flying Machine

Krannert Art Museum:
6:40 PM - Liz Janes
7:20 PM - Brooke Wagonner
8:00 PM - Denison Witmer
8:45 PM - My Brightest Diamond
9:45 PM - William Fitzsimmons
10:45 PM - Bob Nanna

Courtyard Cafe:
7:30 PM - Butterfly Assassins
8:30 PM - TBD
9:30 PM - Starfucker

Canopy Club:
6:20 PM - Ohtis
7:00 PM - Santa
7:40 PM - Mason Proper
8:20 PM - Company of Thieves
9:00 PM - Elsinore
9:40 PM - Joe Pug
10:30 PM - Decibully
11:10 PM - Margot and The Nuclear So and So's
12:10 AM - Maserati
1:00 AM - Lucero

The Highdive:
9:00 PM - DJ Substr8
10:00 PM - DJ Belly
11:00 PM - DJ Mertz
12:00 AM - Skream

Friday, Sept. 18th

Blues:
11:30 AM - Girls Next Door
12:00 PM - Ryan Groff
12:45 PM - William Fitzsimmons
7:00 PM - The Jips
8:00 PM - Empires
9:00 PM - jigGsaw
10:00 PM - So Many Dynamos
11:00 PM - So Long Forgotten

Sandella's:
12:45 PM - Final Pygmalion Effect
1:30 PM - Matt Wagemann
2:15 PM - Kilroy et al

Channing-Murray:
6:30 PM - You and Yourn
7:15 PM - Hathaways
8:00 PM - Good Night and Good Morning
9:00 PM - Low

Red Herring:
10:30 PM - Comedians: Jon Hansen, Pat Deane, Devin Bockrath, Collin Bullock, Trey Mowder, Billi Casey, The Tuttle Brothers.

Canopy Club:
6:20 PM - Zach May and The Maps
7:00 PM - Ganglians
7:40 PM - Phantogram
8:20 PM - BLK JKS
9:00 PM - Jookabox
9:40 PM - Maps & Atlases
10:30 PM - Pomegranates
11:10 PM - The Antlers
12:10 AM - Autolux
1:00 AM - Wavves

Courtyard Cafe:
7:30 PM - Pet Lions
8:30 PM - Oceans
9:30 PM - Solid Gold

Cowboy Monkey:
10:00 PM - Angie Heaton
11:00 PM - Mazes
12:00 AM - Cameron McGill
1:00 AM - The 1900s

Mike N' Molly's:
5:15 PM - The Delta Kings
6:15 PM - The Duke of Uke
7:15 PM - The Number One Sons
8:15 PM - Tina Sparkle
9:15 PM - Gentleman Auction House
10:15 PM - Light Pollution
11:15 PM - Neoga Blacksmith

Bentley's:
9:30 PM - Village
10:30 PM - The Horns of Happiness
11:30 PM - Alpha Mile
12:30 AM - Golden Quality

Saturday, Sept. 19

Parasol Records:
TBD Afternoon Sets

Exile on Main St.:
TBD Afternoon Sets

Courtyard Cafe:
5:00 PM - The Daredevil Christopher Wright
6:00 PM - Lymbyc Systym
7:00 PM - Brighton, MA

Krannert Center:
7:30 PM - The Books
8:45 PM - Iron and Wine
10:00 PM - Princeton
11:00 PM - Ra Ra Riot

Canopy Club:
9:00 PM - Physical Challenge DJs
10:45 PM - YACHT
11:30 PM - The Hood Internet
12:30 AM - RJD2

Red Herring:
10:00 PM - On Again Off Again
11:00 PM - Now Now Every Children
12:00 AM - Drew Danburry
1:00 AM - Sunset Stallion

Cowboy Monkey:
10:00 PM - Lonely Trailer
11:00 PM - The Horse's Ha
12:00 AM - Gazelle
1:00 AM - New Ruins

Mike N' Molly's:
10:15 PM - Tyson and The Friction
11:15 PM - Steel Eater
12:15 AM - Scurvine
1:15 AM - The Life and Times

Bentley's:
10:30 PM - Take Care
11:30 PM - Marmoset

Related links:
Pygmalion Music Festival Official Website
Pygmalion Official Blog
Pygmalion on Facebook


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