Treefort Releases First List Of Bands To Play 2014 Festival, Expect Hundreds More

Dec 4, 2013

Music fans, get your headphones ready.

Boise's Treefort Music Fest released a list of 23 bands that will play at the third annual event next year. Organizers expect that number to grow to about 300 bands by the time the March festival rolls around.

Dan Deacon performs on the mainstage of Treefort Music Fest 2013.
Credit John Webster / Treefort Music Fest

Festival director Eric Gilbert says Wednesday morning's announcement is almost all about emerging and regional bands. Besides music industry favorites Built To Spill, less well-known Boise groups like Hollow Wood and Magic Sword are on the list.

“The goal of Treefort is really to try to represent this music scene as a whole as best we can," says Gilbert. "So we're focusing on emerging acts and really trying to represent different veins of the scene that’s happening here in Boise.”

But there is one out-of-town headlining act on this list. It's Brooklyn-based Run The Jewels, and they've been making waves in the underground hip-hop scene since they announced their collaboration in April. Gilbert says more headliners will be on the next list, which will likely be released in January. 

Gilbert says the list also includes some music from across the pond. London bands The Joy Formidable and Breton are two groups Gilbert's looking forward to seeing perform.

Here's Seattle band Odesza who will be among the groups playing Treefort in 2014:

Gilbert says a month after last year's festival, organizers  had already started to talk with agents about booking for next year. But Gilbert says it's still early in the year for many bands to be making tour decisions, and there are some limitations with being a small independent festival.

“We’re just not a huge budget festival," he explains. "So it’s a little harder for us to sort of dictate artists plans too far in advance. It’s a tricky balance, because we are this community-driven festival [and it's a] really positive experience for these artists. And it just takes time to communicate that.”

Here's the list of bands so far committed to playing at the third Treefort Music Fest. And scroll down for some more live music action:

  • RUN THE JEWELS (Brooklyn, NY)
  • BUILT TO SPILL (Boise, ID)
  • ODESZA  (Seattle, WA)
  • MR. GNOME  (Cleveland, OH)
  • WARM SODA  (Oakland, CA)
  • BRETON (London, UK)
  • SAINTSENECA  (Columbus, OH)
  • SUBROSA  (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • UZALA  (Boise, ID)
  • BOYFRNDZ  (Austin, TX)
  • ISKA DHAAF  (Seattle, WA)
  • PAPER BIRD (Denver, CO)
  • HOLLOW WOOD  (Boise, ID)
  • MAGIC SWORD  (Boise, ID)
  • MODERN KIN  (Portland, OR)
  • TANGERINE  (Seattle, WA)
  • VIKESH KAPOOR  (Portland, OR)
  • HUSTLE AND DRONE  (Portland, OR)
  • PSYCHIC RITES  (Portland, OR / Moscow, ID)
  • SUMMER CANNIBALS  (Portland, OR)

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