DC’s legendary HFStival is back, with a dream rock lineup

Get your faded band tees and wraparound sunglasses out of storage: it’s time. HFStival is returning to DC, so you can get some ’90s fun too when you score tickets to the September 21st festival at Nationals Park.

Launched by alternative rock station WHFS in 1990, HFStival was Washington’s biggest concert of the year in the 1990s and early 2000s. Bands like No Doubt, the Violent Femmes and the Ramones filled RFK Stadium with electric sounds and screaming fans.

By the mid-1990s, attendance exceeded 50,000, and tickets sold out within two hours. Now IMP, the parent company of 9:30 Club, is bringing the nostalgic bands of yesteryear (the ’90s and 2000s) to Nationals Park. When it performed revived HFStivals at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2010 and 2011, it leaned heavily on ’90s lineups, and this year is no different.

This is who is coming to HFStival 2024:

  • The postal service.
  • Death Cab for Cutie.
  • Incubus.
  • Shrub.
  • Waste.
  • Jimmy Eats World.
  • Women’s talk.
  • Violent women.
  • Tonic.
  • Filter.
  • Illuminated.

HFStival veterans will note that this is the first time the festival has had one stage since 1993 – after which there were as many as four, including a dance tent – ​​and the first time since 1990 that there were no local bands on the announced stage . queue up. (Was Jimmie’s Chicken Shack unavailable?)

In a statement to The Washington Post, Jen Hass, IMP co-director of bookings, said that “HFStival represents such a nostalgic moment for so many people. The festival was always known for relying heavily on rock, … but then you also saw Coldplay or Jewel or Tony Bennett grace the line-up. … We wanted to bring together bands that were part of the original HFStival, but also bands that never got the chance to play but built long-standing careers – all for one day on one stage.

As with last year’s first series of concerts at the Atlantis, tickets will be sold through a lottery system in which hopeful headbangers apply for tickets, enter their payment details (which will only be charged if their request is successful) and find out if they’re lucky to get tickets.

Be prepared for sticker shock: standing in the pit in front of the stage costs $250 plus service fees. Reserved seats on the field or in the lower stands cost $250 plus fees; seats on the upper levels or to the side of the stage are $150 plus fees. VIP tickets, which cost $475 each and must be requested in pairs, include free draft beer and ‘baseball rate’, plus access to exclusive areas including VIP restrooms, air conditioning and the ‘Dugout Lounge’, located in the baseball dugouts, as well as a T-shirt and other swag. (For comparison, in 2004, the last year at RFK Stadium, tickets were sold through Ticketmaster for $40 plus fees.)

Ticket requests must be submitted by June 16 at 11:59 PM Eastern, with confirmation emails sent the evening of June 21.

Fritz Hahn contributed to this report.

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