Edgefest Rocks It

Edgefest 2014 lineup goes gently with Beck and The Avett Brothers

Edgefest 2014 lineup goes gently with Beck and The Avett Brothers

Edgefest is back. The 2014 version of the annual music festival hosted by 102.1 KDGE-FM returns on April 26 to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, with some righteous acts, including The Avett Brothers, Bastille and Beck.

Tickets go on sale on February 14 at 4 pm.

This marks the 24th year for the festival. The official announcement came earlier than its usual mid-February release. The full list includes 14 bands, and the overall vibe seems consistently gentle — from The Avett Brothers' roots rock to the electropop of Smallpools.

It's definitely more mellow compared to prior lineups that featured hard-rock acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit:

  • Beck. Alternative singer-songwriter from Los Angeles was the voice of his generation.
  • The Avett Brothers. Roots rock quartet led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett.
  • Bastille. Lush, anthemic '80s-inspired quartet led by dramatic singer Dan Smith.
  • Cage the Elephant. Funk-punk quintet from Kentucky has enjoyed critical and commercial success, appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and is an Edgefest returning champ.
  • Grouplove. Indie-rock coed quintet from Los Angeles fuses quirkiness with an arena-ready roar.
  • New Politics. High-energy Brooklyn trio blending punk, pop, and dance rock is an Edge fave, having played the station's 2013 Christmas concert.
  • The Neighbourhood. Los Angeles band mixes indie rock, electronica, hip-hop and R&B.
  • Switchfoot. Christian rock band is an old-timer that has played Edgefest before.
  • Chvrches. Frosty up-and-coming electro-pop trio from Glasglow spells its name with a "v" on purpose to make them more Internet-friendly.
  • MS MR. New York chillwave duo clings to its anonymity: She goes by MS, and he goes by MR.
  • J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Baltimore rock quartet led by singer J. Roddy Walston specializes in a classic-sounding Southern rock/Americana style. A frequent touring partner with Cage the Elephant.
  • Kongos. South African rock band made up of the four Kongos brothers.
  • Bear Hands. Post-punk indie-rock band from Brooklyn.
  • Smallpools. Specializing in shimmery, ebullient and effusive electro-pop, Los Angeles-based indie rockers formed in 2013.
Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers are led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett. Photo by Moses Namkung/Wikimedia Commons
Dallas Animal Services, Cate McManus
Beck is on the bill at Edgefest 2014. Photo courtesy of Dallas Animal Services