Circa 1194 B.C., Helen of Troy’s face launched 1,000 ships. Yesterday, David Lynch’s creative genius launched 1,000 (times 1,000,000) tweets. It was announced on June 21 that the king of indie street cred and the director of Twin Peaks is bringing a music festival to Los Angeles this October. As is to be expected, the aptly named Festival of Disruption comes with a pretty stellar bill, and proceeds will even support Lynch’s eponymous foundation. Best news ever, right? You couldn’t make it up if you tried—and people have tried. Here’s everything you need to know about Lynchapalooza:
The Location: The uberchic Theatre at the Ace Hotel.
Unprecedented Access for Lynch Fanatics: Lynch’s Twin Peaks reboot is headed to Showtime sometime in 2017, making this festival a rare opportunity for fans to whet their appetites ahead of the premiere. Stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern will be on hand to rep both the old and new versions (they’ll both be giving talks), and musicians like Sky Ferreira and Xiu Xiu are set to perform music from the show. Plus, Lynch plans to air some of his rarely seen short films.
Other Speakers Are What Millennial TED Talk Dreams Are Made Of: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie are speaking. Repeat: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. No guarantees of a Best of Blondie karaoke session, but we can dream. Comedic treasure and EGOT winner Mel Brooks is also booked for a talk.
The Musical Lineup is Equally Unreal: Robert Plant. St. Vincent. Questlove. Sky Ferreira. KCRW’s own Jason Bentley. Honestly, just having Plant—legendary frontman of Led Zeppelin, owner of similarly epic hair—on the bill would be enough, but each performer possesses a rare combo of critical acclaim and fanbase klout.
The Ticket Buying Karma: Too many festival goers have emptied their bank accounts buying wristbands with high prices and dubious tax return value. One hundred percent of the festival’s proceeds are benefitting the David Lynch Foundation, which uses Lynch’s preferred Transcendental Meditation technique to reduce trauma, like PTSD in victims of domestic violence, at risk urban youth, and veterans. Each day of the festival will also include a TM session.
The Bottom Line: This festival is bringing together cultural heavyweights across disciplines to one stage for one weekend to benefit a really, really good cause. Could anyone have dreamed up this combo? Probably not. As Twin Peaks’s Dale Cooper said, “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”
→ The Festival of Disruption is taking over the Theatre at the Ace Hotel October 8th and 9th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. and two day passes start at $199.