The beleaguered Sunset Strip Music Festival announced its lineup today. The event takes place September 20-21 on the strip and will be headlined by Jane's Addiction, who on the first night will play their album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. That album celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Elsewhere, the lineup includes Australian DJ duo Empire of the Sun, who headline day two, as well as Failure, Cold War Kids, Mayer Hawthorne, and Big Freedia.
Despite having lost money in recent years, the event seems to be going on much as before, at least as far as the lineup is concerned; it's a kinda random assortment of rock, EDM, indie, and bounce.
Nonetheless, there's something for almost everyone, and the Jane's Addiction anniversary show could well be excellent.
The rest of the announced lineup is below.
Saturday, September 20
Cold War Kids
Minus the Bear
The Birds of Satan
Nightmare and the Cat
Beware of Darkness
Sunday, September 21
Empire of the Sun
We Came as Romans
From the release:
Jane's Addiction will be honored with the “Elmer Valentine Award,” which celebrates the music and icons that have made an impact on the legacy of The Strip. Since launching their career with their first live performance at The Roxy in 1985, Jane's Addiction has continued to influence the sound and artistic spirit of rock and roll on The Sunset Strip and beyond. This year the group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their ground-breaking album Nothing's Shocking, and original members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, and Stephen Perkins continue to pave the way for alternative rock bands worldwide.
This marks the seventh installment of the award ceremony, where Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine, founders of cornerstone Sunset Strip venues Whisky A Go-Go, The Roxy and Rainbow Bar & Grill were first honored in 2008. JANE'S ADDICTION joins a distinguished list of former honorees, including Ozzy Osbourne (2009) who received the first “Elmer Valentine Award,” which was thusly named after the passing of original honoree, Valentine. Slash (2010), Mötley Crüe (2011), The Doors (2012) and Joan Jett (2013). The invitation only honoree event will be hosted at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Friday, September 19.
“It all started for me back when my big brother used to tell me about The Strip, and about the amazing scene where artists like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison blew people's minds by pioneering a new sound and influencing culture in a more exciting way than ever before. Complete with massive crowds from all over the world streaming through the streets and flocking to The Strip just trying to be part of it all,” said Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction frontman. “So when it came time for Jane's to record our first album we told Warner Brothers that before we could even release a studio record we had to make a live record on The Strip, and we even recorded it at The Roxy, because we knew that it had to embody that inspiration that came from the heart of that scene. We are very proud to come from this heritage and are truly honored by the Valentine Award.”