Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse headline annual Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun performs at Golden Gate Park at Outside Lands on Aug, 12, 2017. Alessio Neri/STAFF.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival producers Monday announced the lineup for the third annual event at Glen Ellen’s BR Cohn Winery. This year’s festival will again take place on four days over two weekends in September. While daily lineups were not released, music fans will have plenty to chew on, with sets from Modest Mouse, Empire of The Sun, Dashboard Confessional, X Ambassadors and more. While last year’s festival tended to have loosely thematic weekend lineups by genre, this year’s offerings look to lean heavier into the alternative and indie rock lane.

“Last year we grew the festival to two weekends, which was a big success,” said Dave Graham, partner at BottleRock Presents in a news release. “For 2020, each weekend offers a specially curated lineup in arguably one of the most beautiful music festival settings in the world at B.R. Cohn Winery. It will be difficult to choose just one weekend.”

Sonoma Harvest set itself apart by offering many of the same attractions attendees at Napa’s BottleRock would expect, but in a more relaxed vineyard setting.

The first weekend’s lineup, on Sept. 12 and 13, includes Young The Giant, Grouplove, The Struts, X Ambassadors, The Naked and Famous, Betty Who, Best Coast, Smallpools and The Wrecks.

The second weekend, on Sept. 19 and 20, includes Modest Mouse, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Fitz and The Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional, Bishop Briggs, Saint Motel, Joywave, Magic Giant, Yoke Lore and Almost Monday.

Also returning are Sonoma County culinary institutions like Black Pig Meat Co., The Farmer’s Wife, Mariposa Ice Cream, William Tell House and “Cluck U Chicken” by Oenotri. Wine will continue to be a staple of the festival, featuring BR Cohn and Vintage Wine Estates, along with local craft breweries.

Two-day festival passes for both Sonoma Harvest Music Festival weekends range from $249 for general admission to $519 for VIP, and go on-sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the festival’s website. One-day GA and VIP festival passes will be sold later. Ticket sales will also benefit the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

Live music returned to the historic winery in 2018, picking up up on the legacy of BR Cohn’s Fall Music Festival, which was relocated to Sonoma’s town square before it’s eventual cancellation in 2016.

Follow writer Mike DeWald at Twitter.com/mike_dewald.

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