Basilica SoundScape announces initial 2017 lineup with Zola Jesus, Jlin, serpentwithfeet, John Maus, Blanck Mass, and more

Basilica SoundScape announces initial 2017 lineup with Zola Jesus, Jlin, serpentwithfeet, John Maus, Blanck Mass, and more
This is the look on John Maus's face when you tell him you're still on the fence about attending.

Hey loser! JK, JK! Let’s pretend for a second that you’re cool enough to attend this year’s iteration of “Prole-chella,” a.k.a. the Basilica SoundScape festival in Hudson, NY—where you can enjoy a full weekend that offers “a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature” for the MERE cost of a $60 pass (or $110 with camping). It’s a fantasy worth contemplating, because the fest’s initial lineup has just been revealed, and there’s quite a lot of COOLNESS to be excited about.

On the music side, SoundScape attendees will enjoy the aural experiences of heavy-hitters like Jlin, John Maus, Zola Jesus, Blanck Mass, and Protomartyr, alongside those of up-and-comers like serpentwithfeet, Priests, and more. The festival will also host readings by Darcie Wilder, Eileen Myles, and Patty Schemel, and visual art by Naama Tsabar, Emma Kohlmann, Marianne Vitale, and Jessy Draxler. That’s a lot of talent under one industrial roof!

Of course, if those weren’t enough serialized names for you, there are also lots of important people are working behind-the-scenes to make sure this year’s event lives up to its sterling legacy. Basilica Hudson’s creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone have joined with editor-in-chief of The Creative Independent, Brandon Stosuy, for the sixth year in a row to program the festival, while Pitchfork editor Jenn Pelly came on as a special guest curator and Michael Renaud returned as creative director. Truly a pedigree you can trust.

Basilica SoundScape 2017 takes place September 15-17, and potential attendees are “encouraged to purchase tickets early” because, unlike all other events taking place in physical space, this one has “limited capacity” (I’m sure there’s no bias there). If you’d like to learn more about the festival, check out the full list of announced artists on a website that’s formatted slightly differently, or purchase those hot tix, I recommend clicking this link…and hoping to God you become a lot cooler by September.

(How “cool” are we talkin’? This would be a good rough goal:)

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