Move over, Trillectro: There's a new electronic music festival coming to D.C. in June. The Union BBQ might sound like an event for meat-loving foodies, but it's actually the first day-long festival curated by the team behind U Street Music Hall, taking over Union Market's Dock 5 event space on June 14.
Jamie xx, the acclaimed DJ, member of London-based indie-rock group The xx and producer of tracks for Alicia Keys and Drake, headlines the festival, making his first-ever DJ appearance in Washington. (Jamie xx has a new 12-inch single out on May 5; you can listen to the hazy, Burial-esque "Sleep Sound" on YouTube.) Other artists on the bill include Tittsworth, Animal Collective, Viceroy, Kaytranada and Orchard Lounge, plus a special Moombahton Massive stage starring Nadastrom.
"The whole idea is to continue the U Hall vibe," said club co-owner Will Eastman. "With the rise of EDM [electronic dance music] festivals, you look at the lineups and it's all the same people. We curated this with people who've played at U Street Music Hall and have gone on to play bigger venues elsewhere, or are on the cusp of playing bigger venues."
The festival runs from noon to midnight on two stages. Jamie xx and the Moombahton Massive crew will spin outside, weather permitting, while other artists perform indoors. Eastman admitted this had an effect on the lineup: "It's outdoors in June. We didn't select a lot of dark techno."
Food-wise, expect barbecue and other meaty dishes prepared by a variety of chefs from within and outside of Union Market, including 13th Street Meats, Toki Underground, DCity Smokehouse and DGS Delicatessen.
-- Fritz Hahn (April 2, 2014)