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U Street Music Hall bringing the Union BBQ music festival to Union Market

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 headlines the Union BBQ festival on June 14. (Photo by Jamie-James Medina)

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 Viceroy, Kaytranada and Orchard Lounge, plus a special Moombahton Massive stage. A lineup of local DJs will be announced later.

(The Union BBQ) (The Union BBQ)

"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, though the exact list of participants hasn't been finalized.

Tickets start at $30 for a limited number of "early-bird presale tickets," which go on sale today through theunionbbq.com. Once they sell out, advance general admission tickets are $40. (Estimated capacity for the festival is 4,000.)

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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