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Mission Creek Festival announces 2020 lineup

Parquet Courts (Ebru Yildiz)
Parquet Courts (Ebru Yildiz)
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Musicians Kim Gordon, Parquet Courts and (Sandy) Alex G and writers Samantha Irby, Tommy Pico and Hellen Phillips are just a few of the artists headed for Iowa City in 2020 for the 15th annual Mission Creek Festival.

Produced by Iowa City’s Englert Theatre, the festival is just four days this year, April 1 to 4. Tickets are on sale now, with early bird specials until midnight on Dec. 20. Individual tickets to select shows will become available Jan. 24.

Along with music and literature events available to ticket holders, Mission Creek will host community-minded programming free and open to the public, including a new Vinyl Market, the Big Free Show at Big Grove Brewery, various literary events and more.

There are three pass options for the festival. Standard passes are $150 ($135 early bird), which includes access to all festival events and guaranteed entry at the Englert. Premium passes are $250 ($235 early bird), which includes access to all festival events, guaranteed entry at the Englert, eight drink tickets and 2020 festival merchandise including a T-shirt and screen-printed poster. Student passes with valid student ID are $50 ($35 early bird). Tickets are available at missioncreek.com and the Englert box office, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City.

The lineup includes:

Music: Parquet Courts; (Sandy) Alex G; Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss featuring Kim Gordon; Bill Nace; Steve Gunn; Jon Truscinksi; Black Belt Eagle Scout; Lucy Dacus; Elizabeth Moen; Dos Santos; Irreversible Entanglements; Caroline Rose; Lonnie Holley; The Necks; Tropical (Expletive) Storm; Nadah El Shazly; Mdou Moctar; Shabaka & The Ancestors; Disq; The Hooten Hollers; Ohmme; King Monday; Fennesz; Mal Blum; Nat Baldwin; Squirrel Flower; Adia Victoria and more.

Literature: Samantha Irby; Jenny Offill; Kristen Renee Miller; Sarah Rose Etter; Matt Bell; Tommy Pico; Helen Phillips; Garth Greenwell; Paul Lisicky; Hanif Abdurraqib; Sarah Blake; Michael Torres; Natalia Reyes; T Kira Madden; T Fleischmann; Ander Monson; Noam Dorr; Marianne Chan; Kathleen Rooney; Iowa Writers’ House Bicultural Fellows and more.

Community: ICE CREAM Comics + Zine Fair; Lit Walk; Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair; Big Free Show + Vinyl Market at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom; Daylight DIY Showcase at Trumpet Blossom Cafe.

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Music headliner Kim Gordon, founder of experimental post-punk band Sonic Youth, produced Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss with Body/Head bandmate Bill Nace and fellow experimentalists Steve Gunn and John Truscinski. The original score, performed live, will accompany Warhol’s 1963 film Kiss at Mission Creek in a limited run Midwest premier.

Indie rock band Parquet Courts’ most recent album, “Wide Awake!” garnered accolades including a mention on NPR’s best 100 songs of 2018 list, where their song “Wide Awake” came in at number 26.

On the literary side, Samantha Irby, bestselling author of essay collections “We’re Never Meeting in Real Life” and “Meaty” will release a new essay collection, “Wow, No Thank You,” just days before the festival.

Novelist Helen Phillips book “The Need” was nominated for the 2019 National Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. She is presented at the 2020 festival in collaboration with the National Book Foundation.

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