HFStival announces 2011 line-up headlined by Avett Brothers; stays at Merriweather

HFStival announced its 2011 line-up Wednesday. The Avett Brothers will headline a show that will also feature Flogging Molly, Dr. Dog, Gin Blossoms, Minus the Bear and Clutch.

The festival, which returned after a four-year hiatus last year, will stay at Merriweather Post Pavilion

It will take place September 17. 

The line-up this year is an improvement over last year's, which featured an all-star cast from the 90s, including Billy Idol, Third Eye Blind and Everclear. 

Among the other bands that will perform this year are Diane Birch, Lionize, Pasadena, and the Five One.

HFStival is the granddaddy of East coast music festivals. Organized by the seminal, shuttered radio station WHFS-FM, it drew massive crowds through most of the '90s and the first half of the '00s, when it hosted the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay, among others.

It ended a 16-year-run in 2006 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which also hosted last year's return.

In this oral history, Jon Bailey of Baltimore-based Jon Bailey Band, Mike Hall of the Baltimore rock group Sick Sick Birds, and Sound Garden's Bryan Burkert recall its heyday. Our interview with the Avett Brothers is here.  

Tickets, $35-50, go on sale Friday at Ticketfly.com.

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