Second Annual First City Festival

This past weekend kicked off the second annual First City Festival at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Named after California’s first capital, and home to historical landmarks such as California’s first theatre, public library, and publicly funded school, Monterey has become the perfect city where ideas and events can blossom and grow.

The bright and sunny weekend welcomed crowds that filtered into the arena Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a plethora of indie pop and rock artists. Guests consumed more than just fried food and beer, partaking in hours and hours of live music performed on three separate stages.

The lineup featured several breakthrough artists such as Survival Guide, Miniature Tigers, Midi Matilda, and Cool Ghouls. The headliners included popular artists like Best Coast, Phantogram, The Naked and Famous, Dawes, The National, and Beck.

In between sets, the entertainment continued with the upbeat piano and jazz mix of The John Brothers Piano Company, the circus family from Puddles Pity Party, and the acrobats of Vau De Vire Society.

After its second successful year in Monterey, First City proves there is a first, and second time for everything. First City can be confident that satisfied indie-pop and rock fans will want to return for a third year with an even bigger, and better line up for 2015.

Check out some instagram photos from the festival.

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