Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Oct. 1-3 : Let The Crazy Speculation Begin

June 29th, 2010 at 1:59 pm by Gerard

As mentioned previously in this space, Matador will be celebrating the label’s 21st anniversary this October and this much we can finally confirm : there will be 3 nights of shows starting Friday October 1, and concluding Sunday October 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort In Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be dropping further hints about the amazing lineup in the days ahead, but a final announcement and information about how to purchase tickets will be made here at the trusty Matablog on July 5. Are you as psyched as we are?  (hopefully yes, because we’re getting in for free).

(ADDENDUM – there’s been a bit of confusion so just to clear things up, tickets DO NOT GO ON SALE JULY 5.  We’ll merely be announcing the on sale date/time on July 5.  thanks – GC)

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159 Responses to “Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Oct. 1-3 : Let The Crazy Speculation Begin”

  1. daviso Says:

    How do you train for an event like this?

  2. Dean Keim Says:

    Can I get in for FREE too? I’m pretty psyched regardless! I’d love to do some reporting on these bands as this incredible line-up needs to be promoted like it deserves to be!

  3. Rich Zerbo Says:

    Does this mean there is no shot of a helium reunion? Helium would seal the deal on this one for me.

  4. Meredith Says:

    No.FAIR. How the hell can I continue to live while waiting for this to go on sale? And then not telling my husband for whom I hope this can be an anniversary present for? Huh? Huh? Why’d you have to go and ruin my life (by possibly making it that much more awesome?)? *PFFFFTTTT*

  5. Hiller Goodspeed Says:

    Mind-blowing line-up. Yikes. Actually makes me want to venture to Las Vegas.

  6. John Wenzel Says:


  7. TractorRapeChain Says:


  8. DAVIDS Says:

    Ticket info?

  9. Tinishea Horwitz Says:


  10. VIRGINIA Says:


  11. joe w Says:

    There is a God! thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

  12. Steve S. Says:

    21 and over or all ages?

  13. Flor Says:


  14. jackson Says:

    for the love of god, why must i be half way around the world?

  15. luistandfury Says:

    I beg the classic GBV lineup to have as much fun as possible and then decide to tour North America…I’m stunned.

  16. Rety Says:

    OMFG!!!! It would be nice to broadcast the show and all for all the poor souls (like me)
    that will not be in LA and that will have to blow out the candles at a distance… =D

  17. Jasper Says:

    That’s a pretty damn KILLER line-up!! For a couple of tickets we’d be happy to play a tune or some too!

  18. Jason Fizell Says:

    Sleater-Kinney…please, please, PLEASE?!

  19. Zac Says:

    Price? Some of us have to figure out flights and babysitters. What’s the cost of a ticket? Three-night pass?

  20. Georgie Says:

    So excited! Hope I can get tickets.

  21. jim Says:

    When do tickets go on sale?

  22. the pope of chilitown Says:

    Steve S., Vegas itself is pretty much 21 and over.

  23. Salman Says:

    Oh man, this line-up kills as is… can’t wait until the rest is announced.

  24. Adam Says:

    I have to echo Steve’s question: please say this is all ages!!!

  25. Mw. Says:


  26. Brian Says:

    epic indeed. will be @ the pavement/sy show the night before all this.

    is matador awesome enough to convince fugazi to play together again?

  27. Devin Says:


    Please please please please please if there is any god above… let me make it here to witness this most wonderful festival birthday party of all birthday parties

  28. Duder Says:

    Interpol? Mogwai? Tickets are free for us, too? Cat Power is taken off the roster?

  29. stq Says:

    great event, great line-up. all ages? you are not alllowed to see GBV with a f’n wristband on. sacrilege.

  30. Zach Says:

    I had a conversation with my friend over a year ago about what the ideal show would be if anything were possible. This is just about everything I had on my list. It really is a dream come true!

  31. Andy Says:

    Please tell me Chain Gang will be playing this!

  32. thedavecat Says:

    so when’s the “win vip tickets plus roundtrip air and hotel accommodation for two” contest gonna be announced…? because shit, man…now i gotta budget a vegas vacation for fall.

  33. bg Says:

    Will Liz Phair be there? some websites listed her as confirmed

  34. Moople Says:

    Space out the shows to spare your livers.
    Lawrence, April, 1996 = religious experience—like watching some combo of The Bealtes, The Who, The Doors and Pink Floyd at the Cavern—only better.

  35. AlexaJay Says:

    Yes! Let us know if this will be 21+ and over! Some of us underage do have great music taste!

  36. Gordon Says:

    Pretty Girls Make Graves reunion? Please?

  37. S Says:

    Liz Phair Liz Phair Liz Phair

  38. Bob Says:

    I like it. I love it. I want this much of it.

  39. Steve S. Says:

    Can anyone from Matador tell me whether these shows will be in an all ages location or not? To “the Pope of ….” I know Vegas well. The big venues are all ages. Bars are not. I’m presuming any part of the Palms that is big enough to feature Pavement will not be just some bar. I’m in a potentially rare situation where my wife and I and our teenaged kids all love this lineup equally.

    P.S. Two words will make this the greatest show ever put on: Come Reunion. C’mon Matador…deliver! (please)

  40. Gerard Says:

    Dear Steve,

    though there are more details to follow, we can confirm the 3 nights we’re doing at The Palms’ main venue, The Pearl, are all ages. The hotel has their own rules concerning underage folks on the casino floor (ie. no way), but that’s standard practice.

    also, we kid around about this kind of thing very often, but it’s very flattering to us that so many people give a shit about this event and we’re trying very hard to put something together that’s not gonna disappoint. stay tuned.

  41. Coonway Twitty Says:

    Can I bring my gat, tho?

  42. Krrrrrk Says:

    But it’s the 21st anniversary, it should all be 21+!!! :)

    Well, since I missed a lot of these bands because of being underage I gotta respect the all ages, but I’m hoping that Vegas all-ages means I can still drink and not have to stand at the back of the room to do so.

    This line-up reads, almost in order, like my favorite band in HS circa ’97 or so. Can’t believe I get a chance to see “classic” GbV, Pavement and the rest at once. I am for sure booking it all asap, but hope the prices are announced soon, so I know how much I can spend on hotel room/whiskey/blackjack…

    So, so, so frigging excited…

  43. Krrrrrk Says:

    And holy shit, how did I miss Chavez on there? And I’m sure more will be announced. Whoa.

    Matador- you were always one of the few labels I could safely buy ANYthing I saw with your logo, and now you’re putting on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen… thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

    And if you need some sort of uber-fan to do some blogging or interviews or poster/sticker stuff, please contact me.

    …also, the text I have to enter for this post says “sodding officials”. Just thought that was kinda awesome.

  44. PHIL Says:

    That’s already the best concert line up I’ve ever seen !
    Any chance of doing one in the UK ??

  45. sonic tooth Says:

    (I know only one album on Matador…but one can dream…)

  46. zippyju Says:

    A Come reunion and I’ll be there for sure. Same with Thinking Fellers or Railroad Jerk. Tobin Sprout and Spiral Stairs solo sets would also be nice.

  47. Hoagie Mike Says:


  48. GSBeats Says:

    Wow – amazing lineup and in VEGAS of all places – let the countdown begin!

  49. Greg Says:

    Wait: people under the age of 21 actually KNOW who any of these bands are?!

    PS just booked my flight.

  50. TWB Says:

    Come reunion? Bailter Space? Dustdevils? Railroad Jerk?

  51. Alletron Says:

    And tickets go on sale, when?

  52. Chad Says:

    Please add P5, Teenage Fanclub, Boards of Canada, Paul Barman, Liz Phair, and Interpol.

    No big deal right? ;-)

    Wow, what a great lineup you have already… going to be tough to top it.

    How are tix going to be sold?

  53. TomK Says:

    Thank god I live in Vegas!
    This will be better than my 21st!
    And if Interpol and MoB get added it would be icing…but who’s complaining?
    GBV…GBV…GBV (chanting loudly!)

  54. mj Says:

    Liz Phair?

  55. mikeycee Says:

    Hopefully there will be package deals for tickets & hotel for the duration? I need a trip and I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas…

  56. dobbs Says:

    If you guys are so keen on the “classic 93-96 line-up” why don’t you release those titles on vinyl already?!

  57. Brad Says:

    M O G W A I !

  58. Jensen R. Says:

    Liz Phair performing “Exile in Guyville”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. greg Says:

    Perfect time for a Helium reunion?

  60. Vincent Says:

    Good God. Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell [guitars], Kevin Fennell [drums], and Greg Demos [bass].
    This is as close to the Second Coming as I may ever get.

  61. inajar Says:

    18th Dye please!!!!!

  62. Jesse Says:

    Dustdevils and HP Zinker and I’m in (hell… I’m probably already in already, but a boy can dream…)

  63. Michael772 Says:

    I just messed my pants! Front and back! WOOOOOIEIEIEEEEE!

  64. winnieruth Says:

    YES!!!!!!!!! JSBX!!!!!!!! I will be making the 6 hour drive for this little soirée! Good stuff all around!

  65. Ian Says:

    Chavez should play other shows in CA, CO…anywhere.
    I see all the band names on the flyer – and I’ve seen most of them before – but the only one that matters is Chavez.
    Thanks gentlemen.

  66. Sash Says:

    HOW ABOUT THE FROGS? BRING THEM OUT!Will there be giveaways like a soap on a rope with the MAtador label or fridge magnets,frisbees,those eco friendly shopping bags,tennis sweat socks with matching headbands and wristbands or a Matador Ford Mustang?

    Willl video cameras be allowed?
    Will there be a contest where a fan of GBV wins a date with Beatle Bob?
    MAybe a fan can win a contest to be special MC .
    MAybe a onetime jam band with Russel Simins,Jon Spencer ,Thurston Moore,Ira Kaplan,Spiral Stairs, and Steve MALKMUS

  67. erik Says:

    round that shit out with some mission of burma and times new viking please!! pretty sure i’m coming all the way from walla walla, washington for this little gettogether. can’t wait!!

  68. Antony Says:

    I am going to re-mortgage the house and come from New Zealand for this – anybody want to let me sleep on their couch for a few nights?

    I saw GBV in Auckland NZ back in 2000, was lucky enough to meet them and act as their de facto beer roadie for the night, they are my favourite band EVER and can’t wait to see them again, especially with this line-up…

    oh and the other bands… are you kidding me? this has to be the best three day line-up EVER!

  69. darrell Says:

    How bout teenage fanclub performing a catholic education straight thru
    And why not some bettie serveert palomine action
    I mean just for fun. All is perfect as is with GBV there. If it was only gbv id be there

  70. metrognome Says:

    Already going, but Thinking Fellers or The Frogs…forgot about those. Would be incredible.

  71. Ken Says:

    please add MATMOS!

  72. greg Says:

    Where’s Chavez?

  73. DLS Says:

    I have been missing the palms.

  74. george Says:

    hey, the fall had their matador album. make it happen.

  75. Steve S. Says:

    Thanks for the answer on all ages, Gerald. Got my rooms at the Palms booked. Family of 5 (Middle agers and Teens) coming from Seattle.

  76. JK Says:

    Off the damn charts amazing. Invite Sportsguitar!

  77. The Sneak Says:

    this song does not rock…89

    I can’t wait.

  78. whoneedslight Says:

    Where’s the LOAF???

  79. Alexander Says:

    I hope Will Sheff will be in the lineup for Shearwater.

  80. dowtchers Says:

    shit sincce people are all over outlandish requests – i’ll take a husker du reunion and a matador reissued remastered huskers back catolog on vinyl available only at the merch table

  81. Double Crown Records Says:

    I would almost pull the trigger on this one, but the Pearl? I just checked out the venue and it’s almost all seats. I don’t want to go to a 3 day festival and sit in an assigned seat the whole time!

  82. Jennifer Medeiros Says:

    Oh man, I just checked and the venue capacity is terrifyingly small at just 2500. I booked a hotel room to be on the safe side but what are the chances of getting tickets? Scary.

  83. Don Vegas Says:

    Love, Love, LOVE…. Pearl is pretty small but a GREAT spot for this! I am so STOKED! My house may be worth 1/2 what I paid for it but I am glad for this fleeting moment that I live in Vegas.

  84. Tabitha Says:

    Ah! This is amazing. Thank you for bringing this to Vegas. Usually Vegas is skipped over by not-so-mainstream bands. Can’t wait for this. And thank god this is all ages. I would’ve died. (18 year old, haha)

  85. Tabitha Says:

    Ah! This is amazing. Thank you for bringing this to Vegas. Usually Vegas is skipped over by not-so-mainstream bands. Can’t wait for this. And thank god this is all ages. I would’ve died. (18 year old, haha) So excited!

  86. Miss. Noele Says:

    Hell Yeah………..I am ready to P_A_R_T_Y! I’ll start practicing now!




  87. Miss. Noele Says:

    oh …… and SUPER FURRY ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!

  88. hartley Says:

    All Ages?
    my kids are 5 and 8. Both love Spoon and GBV. They saw Spoon in prospect Park two yrs ago. will All Ages really be All ages? It will be difficult for me and the wife to attend if 5 and 8 are not welcome. Don’t mess with the daughters’ love for their father. Please. No . . . seriously, please.

  89. Ricardo Says:

    Mega Blu-Ray set for those who can’t go?

  90. larrytorre Says:

    am I just dreaming this?

  91. Emma F Says:

    Am coming from Scotland to see this. Hope i can afford it!! :D

  92. giant whistle Says:

    zippyju, I second that motion! Come reunion!

  93. tilt Says:

    What about Pizzicato five? What am I saying… I can’t go. I will be out of the country… This makes me so bummed!!! Can’t you guys push this back to december when I can come?

  94. jameseatscheese Says:

    Mission of Burma !

  95. jesse m. Says:

    The Pearl is usuallly an all-ages venue, so the younger crowd may be in luck.

  96. Jensen R. Says:

    How ’bout some Soft Boys and some Unwound?

  97. Donnie Vegas Says:

    Oh yeah!! My house may be worth 1/2 of what I paid for it but for this fleeting moment I am STOKED I live in Vegas!
    The lineup so far is super sweet. I can’t believe Jay Reatard won’t be around to participate. How about some Demo Doll Rods? Echo the Soft Boys request above. 3 months to wait…

  98. Donnie Vegas Says:

    Oh yeah, as far as underage in Vegas in general. Gerard said it right. Non gaming areas only. No exceptions. Nevada Gaming Board is very strict. Don’t expect to sneak your 16 year old into a club either. Those places are under the gun big time.

  99. Gilhouse Says:

    I celebrate my American Independence by booking a flight today to Vegas.

  100. Mo Says:

    This sure blew my 21st the hell out of the water, and I thought drinking my first self bought 40 in front of 7-11 would be impossible to beat!

  101. comic book guy Says:

    Worst – show – ever!

  102. SS Says:

    Good luck getting tickets. This should be sold out in a matter of minutes.

  103. Rich Says:

    It’s july 5th, get busy with releasing that info, fools!

  104. Sash Says:

    Please add Thinking Fellers Union ,RailRoad Jerk ,The Fall, and Interpol and lastly the FROGS!
    I hear the suites have recoring studios in them..MAybe a allstar band recording there ..I know Thurston would do it ..MAn you could make multiple Superbands and record them and it would sell..

  105. geoff Says:

    demons ARE real!

  106. Peter in Vegas Says:

    From Las Vegas Citilife Magazine:
    “Given the location and size of the performance venue Matador chose for its 21st birthday festival, it’s obvious they didn’t really have Las Vegas locals in mind. And that fact was cemented this morning, when the indie label announced that not only would $199 three-day passes require purchase of a three-night stay at host-resort Palms, but opportunities for locals to buy a pass — no single-day tickets allowed, folks — sans room would be limited to 50, through Zia Record Exchange.”

    Good luck with that.

    So, any of you who thought of driving in and getting a reasonably priced room at another hotel or crashing at a friend’s, you’re F’d too.

    read more…

    very disappointing

  107. Gerard Says:

    Peter, I’ve just Mike Prevatt’s piece and while he’s totally entitled to his opinion, I take great exception to his argument that “Matador should have capitalized and staged this in a bigger venue”. We’re not in any way pleased that some folks who want to attend are going to be shut out, but had we, for instance, done these shows in a space that could’ve held 5,000 + (and such things were considered), I think there’d be just as many if not more claims that we didn’t give a hoot about the fans. These concerts wouldn’t sound or look the same in some enormodome.

    As far as the claim, “it’s a surprise this wasn’t an exclusive weekend getaway for the label, the bands and their pals”, from this end if feels like we’re trying pretty hard to make this event accessible to as many real humans who aren’t part of the rock biz as possible without turning into something more to do with crowd control than music.

  108. B Says:

    The line-up is absolutely amazing. Maybe I’m saying this because I am bitter since for me attending is impossible, but this event should be ocurring in another city and in another venue. Again, it might just be the bitterness.

  109. Michael Says:

    Amazing! What a line up! Can you please, please do the shows also somewhere in Europe!

  110. Peter in Vegas Says:

    Gerard, 50 tickets to the locals is BS. The Palms, to give you the venue, possibly for free or at a discount or a cut of the room charges, I don’t know, asked for the exclusive room deal. So, like many an organizer you soak your attendees instead of paying for the venue. So, that part of the deal leaves a lot of your fans and friends out in the cold who can’t afford the Palms room rate. Then there those of us who live here. The palms lowest room rate for the weekend is $299.00 Friday night, $399.00 Saturday night. ROCK N ROLL BABY! Did you guys negotiate that?

    Just so you know I don’t disagree about everything, by Vegas standards, the $199.00 is a STEAL. It is just the room deal that, in my opinion, puts you on the wrong side economics.

    I think I’ll just go see the Pixies at the Joint and forget about this one.

    Or maybe you can throw everyone a bone and have some offsite shows at the Beauty Bar and the like.

  111. Gerard Says:


    we’re not getting any cut on the $99 per night rooms.

    Not to pick a fight but the $299 Friday and $399 saturday rates you quoted have nothing do with this particular debate. Persons buying tickets for the weekend are getting the rooms for a discounted $99 per night at the time of purchase . Locals who are fortunate enough to obtain tickets at Zia on Friday don’t have to reserve rooms at ANY price.

  112. Krrrrrk Says:

    Wait, maybe I’m understanding wrong… we have to buy the rooms @ $99 to even get a ticket? I’m still in, but this is starting to become tough for my friends to join me. $199 is perfect as a price, I was ready for higher, but do we really HAVE to stay at the Palms?

    and how would I go about reserving a room by Mitch Mitchell, that guy is badassed.

  113. TH Says:

    Mitch Mitchell. Finally.

  114. JakenAZ Says:


    Hi my names Jake. My hobby is listening to music. Ten years ago in a muggy fog depressed by all the absolute crap I was hearing on mainstream radio I went to a record store(remember those) and bought a guided by voices album cause I thought the album cover was cool. Since that moment life has been good. They saved music for me. I am such a fan that I would have bought every every album Bob has ever put out but I try to stretch it out at about 1 a month so hopefully if I live to about 80 i will be able to listen to everythink he has ever released. GBV music is one of the greatest things life has offered me. I check bob’s website everyday in hopes that he may play another life show again (he’s gettin old). I seriously thought I was dreaming when I saw the classic line-up. I could give two shits about the other bands at this show. I discovered GBV late and I never got to see them live. This is the only show I will probably ever want to go to for the rest of my life. I can’t swing the hotel price. I can totally afford the ticket price. I’m begging you guys to arrange something where I can at least see them 1 night. Any way possible to stay and pay for 1 night. In Vegas you Gamble. I am betting 10 bucks GBV starts their set with \Stiffled Man Casino\. I am doubling down on my faith that you guys will answer my prayer. Please consider.

  115. JakenAZ Says:

    also, I would too give my endorsement of including the frogs.



  116. The Sneak Says:

    No way Jake. Shit’s gonna start with Over the neptune/mesh gear fox. It fucking HAS TO.

  117. Devin Says:

    I agree that this is slightly disappointing…

    199 PLUS 99 room rate per night..
    PLUS a plane ticket…

    it’s just too much. no normal person can afford any of that.

    You should have just done this somewhere more economic like Chicago or NY (yes even NY is cheaper than Vegas)

  118. km Says:

    Y’all are just a little crazy. NY is DEFINITELY NOT cheaper than Vegas. Nor is Chicago. That’s just silliness. In the 2010 Forbes magazine 10 most expensive cities in the US to visit, NY is #1 and Chicago is #6.

    It’s fine to feel frustrated, but let’s not get ridiculous.

    That said, I’d sell my car to go to this show. Fingers crossed for tickets.

  119. Hank Says:

    I’m a Las Vegas native and I’ve heard a lot of other locals talk about how they’re getting fucked.

    just think about it..The Palms is a 2100 person venue..Las Vegas is the only city that Matador is offering a 100 pre-sale tickets (without the room package).

    This shit is gonna be insane it will sell out..With the pre-sales at’s safe to say there will be a 100 Las Vegans in at the show.

    Also, with people coming in from all around the world for this event ..I doubt they’re will even be a 100 people from New Yorkers or a 100 from Philly ect…I think it’s safe to assume Las Vegas will be the largest group in attendance at the festival.

    From my point of view it doesn’t look like Matador is pissing on Vegas. If anything they’re giving us an advantage no other city will get.

  120. Krrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk Says:

    Gotta agree with the sneak, Jake, “Is anybody ready to raaaawk!?” will be the first sounds to ring… I’ll take that bet, by the way, as it doesn’t fall in the “classic period” at all. And as for not giving a shit about the other bands: try to shit them, cause most are really awesome.

    Also, to those griping about pricing: Really? This is not yer average festival, and Matador owes nobody anything, but Gerard and the rest seem to have pulled an amazing show together, so let’s give them a hand.

    I think NY would only be cheaper those that live there (since Vegas is more of a hotel/flight cheapo spot) and Vegas is perfect for drunken debauchery.

    I’m only waiting for a confirmation on how the hotel rooms will work… since up to 4 can fit in a room, and since it sounds like hotel room is mandatory, do we have to purchase all 4 tickets at the same time as the hotel?

  121. Rick E. Says:

    I live in Vegas. I have a friend coming in from out of town (if this gets worked out). It appears by this thread that I will most likely miss out on the pittance of 50 tickets dropped in the dirt by Matador on the way to the gold mine at the Palms, to the hungry dogs that do not work which will be mobbing Zia records in record numbers. I have called Zia a few times and they have no info WHATSOEVER. They seem to be getting pissed about this arrangement. I’m not sure what I will do but the possibility of me seeing this show is looking quite grim.

  122. keith b Says:

    so to make matters more confusing there are multiple versions of this info on the matador site….some are updated and others are not (like this one). they’ve updated to allow a ‘limited number’ to by ticket with no rooms for $250. Here is all 3 versions of the blog i have seen.

  123. Gerard Says:


    the entry will be edited shortly to reflect the new information. I can confirm that we are going to sell some tickets Friday without a required Palms reservation for $250 each.

    There’s nothing contradictory about the Matador blog post from June 29. That mere was a teaser for the July 5 announcement.


  124. Henrique Says:

    Puta que Pariu!

  125. luke Says:

    Save your money for a more worthy financial ass pounding like Coachella. Plus it’s not in a casino. Single days would have been nice. Chances are GBV will tour, so I’m not all that disappointed.

  126. Rick E. Says:

    My apologies for what appears to be an angry post. I was just mad because it won’t be easy getting tickets. My tantrum is over and I will thumb wrestle anyone for a ticket!

  127. mang Says:

    feras du rock!!!!!

  128. Krrrrrk Says:

    What makes you say chances are GbV would tour? I’d take that bet too…

  129. jakenaz Says:

    Yeah what makes you think GBV may tour? That is the only glimer of hope I can see throughout this mess. Also does anybody know if Demos will play bass? I can’t see Bob making Mitch play bass everyone is gonna want him to rock the guitar.

  130. Krrrrrrrk Says:

    Demos will indeed be on bass, and I’d bet $100 they won’t tour. None of them have been touring for a while, so I’m pretty sure this is a one off.
    And it appears to be official: all my friends bailed on me, and I don’t think I’m going to go.
    :( :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
    This is partly because we can’t even find out who is playing on what day, and that’s too much unknown to plan such a pricey weekend. Thanks for making the best lineup every, matador, but I must decline…
    oh, and did someone get to choose the spam robot word pairs we have to type in?
    Because this time it says “munched her”

  131. Krrrrrrrk Says:

    Glad nobody shook my hand on that bet, looks like they may. Who the fuck cares because I am fully in! To anyone (like me) following this page, check the site FAQs
    ( ), cause it answers most anything anyone could reasonably ask.
    I’m thankful that I can afford this right now, because it’s going to be amazing. See you lucky bitches there!
    Also, did you ask Bottomless Pit to do Silkworm stuff? Cause that’s about the only thing that could make this better (*Railroad Jerk*).

  132. JFK Says:

    I agree with other comments that a Helium reunion would seal the deal. I know Mary is playing in another band at the moment, but securing them would be a huge draw for this show.

    I’m just sayin’…

  133. jim peoni Says:

    will any of the bands play on top each other or at the same time? and how long will they play?

  134. Jimmy Says:

    Gerard, you have to give the Northeast a little piece of this. C’mon, the northeast has been the bedrock of Matador sales and swagger. I hit the Irving Plaza NYC for the 10th anniversary – I think…Pavement played, Cat Power…but this latest lineup is out of hand…I would love to be there, but vegas???? Nobodys got the cash right now to go to Vegas. How about Philly, NYC, Boston? You got to give us some blue collar access to this dream team.

  135. Gerard Says:


    you’re right. NYC, Philly and Boston _never_ get any decent shows!

    in all seriousness, we (heart) the east coast. Maybe Matador at 25 — if today’s experience hasn’t killed us.

  136. Gilhouse Says:

    I clicked away madly from 8:55 PDT until 9:21 AM PDT when the website finally declared “tickets are no longer available for this event.” Both days – Friday and today.

    Thanks for making me feel like a rejected whore, Matador/Ticketfly!!

  137. krrrrkie Says:

    Gilhouse, on behalf of Matador and Ticketfly I’d like to say:
    You’re welcome.
    AND, no charge!

  138. Z Says:

    is the tickets already sold out for this please so no i just found out about this today and its a once in a lifetime chance for me i would give my left leg to be there

  139. no culture icons Says:

    would absolutely kill a terrorist in your name for an extra ticket (or 2). please and thank you.

  140. Dave Says:

    An atlanta show has been announced!!!!!!!!!

  141. shahr Says:

    Please please please PLEASE play a date in the uk, i’m begging ya!

  142. Michelle Says:

    As someone who has been a HUGE fan and supporter of the Matador label, I am very disappointed that more tickets are not available to fans.

    On July 5th, Gerard said:

    “we’re trying pretty hard to make this event accessible to as many real humans who aren’t part of the rock biz as possible without turning into something more to do with crowd control…”.

    Sorry, but it doesn’t look that way from here. A venue of say 5000 (essentially doubling the capacity) would have allow many more hard core fans to attend and would hardly have required the kind of crowd control one expects at Lollapalooza or Pitchfork.

    I personally have NO gripe about the ticket prices. I think the ticket and room packages offered were bargains. I (and others I know) would have gladly paid 2 – 3 times those prices for a chance to see so many of my favorite bands in one place.

    But, of course, that won’t be possible because we can’t get tickets!!!

  143. Patrick Says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m sorry, but we wanted a more intimate event than a 5K crowd could possibly provide. That necessarily meant excluding some people.

  144. Michelle Says:

    Thanks for the reply, Patrick. I definitely understand the appeal of a small venue but while I don’t want to quibble about semantics, let’s be honest: it meant excluding A LOT of people.

    At least I was able to see Pavement recently, or I’d be pretty miserable right now…

  145. Gerard Says:


    you’re correct. A venue capacity of 2100 means someone’s gonna be left out if more than 2100 people wish to purchase tickets. But at the risk of seeming overly defensive about this, we wanted to ensure the best possible experience for those who purchased tickets, not necessarily the most profitable or largest event we could possibly assemble. Most of the bands on this bill have played their best shows in climates very different from 5000 capacity venues ; it’s also pretty hard to maintain the same sort of focus/favorable presentation for 21 or more bands in a venue suited for 5K or more. And that’s what I mean when I refer to “crowd control” — it’s not so much about security, it’s more to do with a situation in which major compromises are made in terms of sound and sight lines. I’m not saying it’s impossible to have a good time at a 5K capacity event or even a 10K or 15K capacity event. But for fans besides those who are closest to the stage, it’s a lot tougher.

    I’d submit the persons who were successful in obtaining tickets probably include just as ardent supporters of the label as yourself. That said, we appreciate the constructive criticism and shall keep in mind going forward. If at some point additional tickets are released (and we’re not able to promise such a thing), there will be announcement here and on the dedicated matador at 21 site. (

  146. Michelle Says:

    I am the last person to dispute the enormous appeal of a small venue. The best shows I’ve ever seen have been at venue’s much smaller than the Pearl (a double encore pavement show with steve getting on drums for two states, comes to mind).

    I just have never seen so much demand for any event in my life. Even if I wanted to pay obscene prices (and believe I’d be tempted) to buy a ticket from a \re-seller\, there are no tickets out there. It’s unheard of, in my experience.

    So, I’m only pointing that there is tremendous demand out there…and, to be fair I’m absolutely biased BECAUSE I WANT TO GO!!!

    Seriously, I love Matador bands. So I’m not really complaining about what Matador is trying to do. And I also understand there is no way you could make everyone happy. It just feels weird to be willing to unload tons of cash for something and not be able to!!

    Thanks for the replies. I’m done venting. I think I feel a little better. :-)

  147. pdx Says:

    might have an extra

  148. Greg Says:

    I would kill for an extra ticket or two

  149. Kelsey Says:

    Where is Rise of the Speedmen?

  150. brownelectricbronco Says:

    I have one extra VIP ticket if someone is interested.

  151. Slack Motherfucker Says:

    Superchunk down in tier 3? WTF?

  152. esmeraldaisacat Says:

    I have an extra ticket if anyone is interested.

  153. BJ Says:

    Any extra tix please email me at bry.newplace at gmail

  154. Daniela Manfredi Says:

    Please any extra! i need one! thanx

  155. Daniela Manfredi Says:

    email me at

  156. amanda Says:

    i love las vegas and all the bands and really wanna go but somewhat confused — is it too late? just figuring it out now with miles, etc. are tix and hotel still available?

  157. Jesse Weeks Says:

    Looking for A Ticket! Please email me if you can make the good times roll! Thank you very much!

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  159. Berend Dubbe Says:

    I was in a band called Bettie Serveert on Marador in the 90′s, what a shame we did not reform for this, anyway congrats everybody at Matador for sticking to it!