Passion Pit, Pretty Lights To headline 2012 Meltdown Festival in Grand Prairie.
Speaking of upcoming festivals, there's another promising one coming up right around the corner.
A press release that arrived in our inbox this morning to announce a sophomore full-length record (due out July 24) and tour from the Boston-based Passion Pit — who now have Dallas ties thanks to drummer Nate Donmoyer (aka Shuttle) moving to town last year — led us down a rabbit hole of links that eventually led to this reveal from earlier this month: That band, along with EDM favorite Pretty Lights, will headline the 2012 Meltdown Music Festival on Saturday, June 2, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.
Among the other artists joining those two on the bill: Flux Pavilion, Feed Me, Shiny Toy Guns and DJs Steve Angello and Sander Van Doorn. Tickets to the event are already on sale, ranging from $50 to $135 in cost.
Given the genre-specific nature of Meltdown, it should come as little surprise that the festival is presented by Insomniac Events, the company responsible for the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which has taken place each of the last two summers in Fair Park and which, last year, saw at least one of its patrons die from dehydration and possible drug-related concerns.
Don't mistake Meltdown as an EDC replacement, though. Since 1999, Insomniac and the folks at Lizard Lounge have thrown an annual Meltdown event. There's little doubting, however, that this year's bill — which finds the event moving away from its previous Lizard Lounge confines — is among the largest in the event's history. And it's still possible, if this Twitter feed is to be believed, that EDC will indeed return to Dallas as well this summer. No date or location have yet been announced, however, and this tweet in particular seems to indicate that the event's previous home on the city-owned grounds of Fair Park now seems off the table.
Regardless: Meltdown looks to be another big addition to the summer events calendar. And, between this, Electric Daisy Carnival, 35 Denton, Edgefest, Homegrown, the H2O Music Festival deal coming to Fair Park, Willie's Fourth of July Picnic, all the Red Dirt-related fests that take place in North Texas in a given season and two more rumored, day-long events we're hearing rumblings of possibly coming this fall, maybe it's time to stop complaining about the lack of music festivals in the region, huh?
Full confirmed 2012 Meltdown lineup to date:
Sander Van Doorn
Shiny Toy Guns
Hard Rock Sofa
The M Machine