Well, it’s official. Matador Records has forever redefined the definition of a 21st birthday.
As previously reported, the acclaimed independent label will be celebrating 21 years by traveling to Vegas and hosting one hell of a birthday party — aka a three day music festival at the Palms Casino & Resort.
Today, Matador unveiled the lineup for the aptly titled Matador at 21 and to say it’s epic would be a pretty huge understatement. Making the most of its current roster, the label has tapped the likes of Pavement, Belle & Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, and, oh, Guided by Voices. Yep, the acclaimed Ohio outfit, which hasn’t played a show since 2004, will be reuniting for the festival. Plus, it won’t be just any old reunion — the “classic” 1993 – 1996 lineup featuring frontman Robert Pollard, guitarists Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell, bassist Dan Toohey Greg Demos, and drummer Kevin Fennell will be the ones playing.
Also scheduled to take part in the festivities are The New Pornographers, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Fucked Up, Girls, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Chavez, Guitar Wolf, and Kurt Vile. Even more names will be announced on July 5th.
Matador at 21 is set to take place from October 1-3. Ticket information has not yet been released, but I’m sure that won’t stop you from heading over to Expedia and booking a flight to Vegas once you’re done reading this article.