TVD Ticket Giveaway: Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall, 9/26–9/27

It’s often said that Washington, DC lacks for very little. It’s literally ground zero and the epicenter of national and international politics, there’s nightlife from the urbane to the DIY, and a thriving cultural and arts community—yet there’s a discernible absence of a festival scene in DC proper along the lines of say a Lollapalooza or Austin City Limits. Sure, there are any number of smaller enclaves self-promoting shows and specific scenes that are thriving—just nothing to the scale of “America’s Front Yard.”

Enter the Landmark Music Festival, content to not just throw a huge party for DC but to aid in the restoration and preservation of its host, the National Mall. As the organizers C3 Presents—who actually produce the aforementioned Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits (among others)—explain on the festival’s website, “The National Mall is more than just our country’s premier national park. It’s America’s Front Yard, the world’s window into the American story, and home to some of our nation’s most recognizable monuments, memorials and historic moments. It represents our country’s collective voice, its heroes, and its timeless values. But today, the National Mall—and all that it stands for—are at risk.

The Trust for the National Mall—an official partner of the National Park Service—is leading the charge to restore and improve the National Mall and honor its ideals for future generations through the new Landmark Campaign. Landmark Music Festival kicks off this monumental national campaign to bring awareness and funds to America’s Front Yard—all in a single Festival weekend unlike any other.”

We have six pairs of tickets to give away over the next three weeks for the inaugural shindig on the Mall, and for the first giveaway we thought to introduce you to a few of the DC acts who will be playing. Next week we’ll discuss some of the bands making the trip across the country, and for the third installment we’ll treat the international acts who are headlining the festival.

Kicking things off on Saturday is Ex Hex, a power trio who describe themselves as “what your older brother’s friends listened to.” Their 2014 debut album Rips meets at the confluence of garage reverb and catchy summer pop—providing the perfect transition from the dog days of summer to fall.

Speaking of haunting guitars, Vandaveer is set to play their powerful brand of Americana on Saturday. With over 500 shows to date, the DC-based folk project has been intriguing crowds across the country with their narrative driven songs and dark undercurrents. Their fourth album, Oh, Willy Please focuses on storytelling and is certain to strike a chord—or 20.

Also playing Landmark is U.S. Royalty, a band with industrial strength melodies. With two self-released albums under their belt, the band truly defines indie rock. Influences from the British Invasion to LA’s ’70s heyday linger in both the band’s style and music via hypnotic, upbeat tempos and well placed solos. Anticipate roaring crescendos along the way as well.

Finally, hip-hop star Wale is last on the list of DC talents to play the Festival. Famous for his wit and prolific writing, Wale has carved out his own place in modern hip-hop. Rooted in DC, Go-Go influences permeate Wale’s high energy beats. He mixes doses of modern style and raps on a variety of topics—sneakers to love songs. Rick Ross noticed Wale’s unique talent in 2011 and signed him to Maybach Music Group, producing his third and fourth albums, The Gifted and The Album About Nothing.

Enter to win a pair of 2-Day General Admission tickets by citing in the comments below the band or act you’re most looking forward to catching at the Landmark Music Festival. While we’ve touched on just some of the DC acts hitting stages, download the full 2-day event schedule and clue us into your favorites.

We’ll choose TWO winners on Monday, September 14, 2015 for a pair of tickets each. Winners will be notified directly via email. 

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  • Karen Guzman

    Im looking forward to seeing drake! He’s one of my favorite artists and getting the chance to finally see him in concert would be amazing!

  • Ryan G

    The War on Drugs is at the top of my list!

  • Leslie Tillman

    I can’t wait to (hopefully) see CHVRCHES!

  • dusttones

    The Strokes and the War on Drugs!

  • Ara

    I’m sooo excited for the strokes! Pick me! 🙂

  • Aisha J

    I would love to watch the funk duo Chormeo live at the festival. Their songs are infectious and never fail to make an impression on me!

  • Jesse Shaw

    I’m excited to see Ex Hex and Drake

  • Hanna

    I’m looking forward to seeing the very talented Miguel 🙂

  • msnyajuok

    Definitely looking forward to Wale.

  • Molade Alawode, MSc

    I’m excited to see my Naija guy, Wale! And of course I’m hype about seeing Drake!!

  • Keonte’ Smith {Mommy 2K}

    Drake! It seems like the obvious answer, but I’ve never seen him perform live. I’m sure the festival will be a great experience.

  • Grace

    I’d love to see Ben Howard!

  • alexandra

    Daughter!!! because candles on repeat all day.

  • alexandra

    Daughter!!! because candles on repeat all day. but because DC pride, psyched for Wale!

  • Dani Johnson

    Would love to see The Lone Bellow!

  • Anna

    Ben Howard!!! Been following him for years and years – MUST see him!!!!

  • Jill

    Alt-J!!! I’ve been trying to see them for years but the tickets always sell out before I can snag one. It would be a dream come true to see them play live!

  • edwin

    Band Of Horses , if I have to pick a favorite, although there’s a bunch more I’d like to hear

  • Sheena Bergantinos

    THE STROKES!!! I’d love to finally see them, it would be surreal

  • Shaira

    I’m excited to see The Strokes. There are many great performers but they top the list.

  • Matthew Ramirez

    Very excited to see Miguel and the Strokes!

  • goodmanw

    I’m excited to see Lord Huron. Their new record has been a real standout for me this year.

  • Jenny

    I’m obsessed with alt-J and would love to finally see them!

  • Lilia Grabenstein

    I am beyond excited to see George Ezra!!!

  • hemisphire

    Nate Ruess ’cause I think it would be fun.

  • Laura yee

    The strokes- They’re my absolute favorite band! I have all their vinyls and I’m a dedicated fan! As a poor college student, winning these tickets will allow my dream (of seeing them live) come true. The strokes are legendary and It would be so sick to see them.

    Ps: I’m more than trilled for the other bands and also for the food trucks lol.

  • G.C.

    I’m most excited about Band of Horses on Saturday and Chvrches on Sunday

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  • Katie

    So excited to see Alt-j!!

  • TCT

    The Strokes!

  • Tia

    I’m excited to see Drake, Wale and Miguel. Also excited for some good food while I enjoy the festival with my girlfriends! Can’t wait.

  • Romina Rojas

    So so so excited to see drake and the strokes! not only that but seeing bands like alt-j and chvrches who are changing the music industry with their meshing together of different sounds. Not to mention the food trucks and just overall fun atmosphere that the festival is posting about (:

  • Danielle

    So excited to see Drake, Miguel, and Wale live. Three talented artists live and yummy food with my friends.

  • TPenny


  • SP

    I want to see The Lone Bellow!

  • Chen

    I’m looking forward to The War on Drugs. Been into them lately.

  • kinblu

    Alt-j all the way!

  • J.T.

    Whatever. Forever.
    The Mowgli’s

  • Aaron Moore

    Wale is one act I’m interested in. Another act I look forward to is Chromeo. One of my old jobs played a song their during post holiday season.

  • The Vinyl District

    Winners have been notified! If you weren’t selected this time, we have TWO more opportunities to gab pairs of tickets. We suggest you circle back Wednesday…

    • Hanna

      aw, dang! I’ll have to try again on Wednesday.

    • Keonte’ Smith {Mommy 2K}

      Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Anna

      Have I missed all the chances? I entered the original contest. Thanks!!

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