D.C.’s legendary HFStival is back, with a dream aughts-rock lineup

Take your faded t-shirts and wraparound sunglasses out of storage: it’s time. HFStival is coming back to DC, so the ’90s you can too — if you get tickets to the September 21 festival at Nationals Park.

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

By the mid-1990s, attendance exceeded 50,000 and tickets sold out in less than two hours. Today, IMP, the parent company of the 9:30 Club, brings the nostalgic bands of yesteryear (the 90s and 2000s) to Nationals Park. When he hosted the revival of HFStivals at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2010 and 2011, he leaned heavily on lineups from the ’90s, and this year’s is no different.

Here’s who will be coming to HFStival 2024:

  • The postal service.
  • Death Taxi for Cutie.
  • Incubus.
  • Bush.
  • Garbage.
  • Jimmy eats the world.
  • Girls conversation.
  • Violent women.
  • Tonic.
  • Filtered.
  • Alight.

HFStival veterans will note that this is the first time the festival has featured a single stage since 1993 – after which it featured up to four, including a dance tent – and the first time since 1990 that no bands local is not present on the announced scene. align. (Was Jimmie’s Chicken Shack not available?)

In a statement to The Washington Post, Jen Hass, IMP’s co-director of reservations, said that “HHFStival represents such a nostalgic time for so many people. The festival has always been known for its strong rock influence, but you would also see Coldplay, Jewel or Tony Bennett featured in the lineup. …We wanted to bring together bands who were part of the original HFStival, as well as those who never got the chance to play but went on to build historic careers – all for one day on one stage.

As with the initial concert lineup at Atlantis last year, tickets will be sold via a lottery system in which hopeful headbangers will apply for tickets, enter their payment information (which will only be charged if their request is successful) and will find out if they are lucky enough to get tickets.

Prepare for sticker shock: Standing space 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 in the upper levels or on 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 “ballpark pricing,” as well as access to exclusive areas including VIP restrooms, air conditioning and “Dugout Lounge,” located in the baseball dugouts, as well as a T-shirt and other gifts. (For comparison, in 2004, the final year at RFK Stadium, tickets were sold through Ticketmaster for $40 plus fees.)

Ticket requests must be submitted by June 16 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, and confirmation emails must be sent on the evening of June 21.

Fritz Hahn contributed to this report.

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