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F*ck Fest Offers Free Counterpoint To Bro-y Wicker Park Fest

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 24, 2015 10:20PM

Photo via F*ck Fest

It's been about five years since Wicker Park Fest really upped its music game, and we appreciate the better taste in music that's graced the stages along Milwaukee Avenue each summer since then. The downside, however, is that the crowds attending the festival have grown exponentially, turning that corridor into a cattle pen populated by a mix of mooing hipsters, puking suburbanite teens, and the thirty- and forty-somethings that can't figure out why they can't see the band they came to see because there's too many people.

Is it worth weathering this mess to see a band like Veruca Salt or Deafheaven this weekend? OK, yes, it is. But you needn't spend the time leading up to seeing your favorite bands in this hellscape on earth. There is an alternative—at least, on Sunday.

Just off the strip, Double Door is having their first annual F*ck Fest, all day Sunday, July 26. F*ck Fest features 23 bands on both floors of the club, so there's definitely something for every taste in music you could look for.

Are you into power pop? Check out Daniel Wade at 3 p.m. Are you more of a space rock dude or dudette? American Cosmonaut is playing a rare set at 6 p.m. Walls of noise more your thing? Airiel is on at 8 p.m. DIY punk rock light shows and song about lemon bars get you excited? Lasers And Fast And Shit are on at 10:30 p.m.

No matter what your thing is, this line-up's got it, and with doors opening at noon, the first band playing at 1:30 p.m. and the final act going on at midnight, Double Door will offer safe refuge from the chaos outside, with an excellent soundtrack to boot.

And the best part about all of this? Its totally free. that's even less than the "$5 suggested donation" next door at Wicker Park Fest!

The full line-up is below. F*ck Fest is Sunday, July 26 at Double Door, doors at noon, FREE, 17+

1:30 p.m. Cave Bear
2:30 p.m. Bloodletter
3:30 p.m. As Hell
4:30 p.m. Mr. Ma'am
5:30 p.m. The Iceberg
6:30 p.m. The Snarks
7:30 p.m. Otto Mann
8:30 p.m. Dog & Wolf
9:30 p.m.Ganser
10:30 p.m.Lasers & Fast & Shit
11:30 p.m. Lume
12:30 p.m. RedBooks

2 p.m. Regular Oatmeal
3 p.m. Daniel Wade
4 p.m. Shy, Low
5 p.m. Winter Classic
6 p.m. American Cosmonaut
7 p.m. Red Jr.
8 p.m. Airiel
9 p.m. Banquets
10 p.m. Typesetter
11 p.m. The Howl
12 p.m. Replicant