Lagniappe Festival brings a little something extra to Easter holiday.
MAMMOTH CAVE, KY – Armed with an eclectic batch of performers and a gorgeous setting, Lagniappe Festival (pronounced “lahn-yop”) is the latest addition to the festival season.
Set to take place during Easter weekend (April 9-12) in Mammoth Cave National Park, the first edition of the festival will feature performances from 135 acts, including landmark appearances by Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill, British trip-hop group Portishead and virtual band Gorillaz.
Tickets will be available for $215, which includes on-site camping for the four day festival.
Further details on the line-up’s heavy hitters are still to come, but eager fans and journalists have been able to piece together other pieces of the upcoming lineup.
Hip-hop producing duo Handsome Boy Modeling School will take the stage for the first time in 4 years with a special “School Reunion Show” reportedly featuring several collaborators from their two studio albums. The names of those special guests have not yet been revealed.
One colorful addition to the festivities will be the world-famous Blue Man Group, bringing their theatrical stage show to the festival grounds.
Longtime indie rock favorites Built to Spill will perform albums “Perfect From Now On” and “Keep It Like a Secret” in their entirety.
Belgian pop group Hooverphonic are set to make their first North American appearance in several years at Lagniappe.
Other acts already confirmed for the festival include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ryan Adams, Jens Lekman, Peaches, Pelican and Biz Markie.
Organizers plan to keep the party going deep into the night, with several late night shows stretching toward sunrise. The list of late night performers is largely unknown, although there are rumors of an after-midnight appearance by Australian electronic group The Avalanches.
Going beyond the musical performances, fans will also have the chance to enjoy Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, guided cave tours and an air-conditioned movie tent showing Easter favorites like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Wizard of Oz,” with the musical accompaniment of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
In addition to three stages and two tents dedicated to rock, hip hop and electronic performers, Lagniappe will also feature a dedicated dance tent, with a two-sided stage alternating between electronic acts and DJ sets. Festival promoters also mentioned a specialized tent called Devil’d Eggs Lounge, which will feature several off-the-wall performances including burlesque and cabaret acts.