Sound Town brings the Flaming Lips, New Pornographers, over a dozen locals to Somerset August 19-20


With the 10,000 Lakes Festival on hiatus and Taste of Minnesota out of commission, our festival calendar was looking pretty sparse -- that is until this morning, when 89.3 the Current invited new Somerset Amphitheater partner Matt Mithun on air to announce Sound Town, a new festival coming to Somerset, Wisconsin on August 19 and 20.

[jump] For a first stab at a festival, the lineup is nothing to sneeze at: Somerset is bringing in national headliners the Flaming Lips, the New Pornographers, and DeVotchKa alongside over a dozen bands from the Twin Ciites that range from Solid Gold to Pink Mink to White Iron Band. With the exception of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (!) the lineup is pretty indie rock-heavy, but it's a nice selection of bands for the outdoor space and should have no problem drawing in avid Current fans.

Previously known as Float-Rite Park, the Somerset Amphitheater changed management last fall and has added an extra 100 acres to its property, adding on-site camping accommodations and permanent bathrooms to the already-established outdoor concert space.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 20 at 9 a.m. and are rumored to be priced reasonably, with an option to include overnight camping.