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The time has come: The legendary (and long-defunct) HFStival in the DC and Baltimore area is coming back to life with a lineup full of sounds from the 90s and 2000s.

IMP, the owner of DC venues including the 9:30 Club, announced the festival’s return last week and announced key new details on Tuesday.

The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, Incubus, Bush, Garbage, Jimmy Eat World, Girl Talk, Violent Femmes, Tonic, Filter and Lit will perform at Nationals Park on Saturday, September 21st.

The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie – both of which, as Pitchfork put it, are “peak projects of millennial nostalgia” for Ben Gibbard – will perform their hit albums from 2003: “Give Up,” which includes the hit “Such Great Heights,” and “‘Transatlanticism.”

At HFStival 2024, all these rock bands will come together on one stage for a day of dancing and moshing.

Fans must enter a lottery to purchase tickets (so no waiting in line at Mail Boxes Etc. or Hecht’s in Landmark Mall, as some wondered when news of the resumption broke). You can order tickets through Ticketmaster until Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m.

Fans who win tickets in the lottery will be automatically charged and notified by June 21, IMP said.

Organizers IMP and Nationals Park introduced a ticket lottery system because they expected high interest in the festival.

“The typical HFStival acts have had unprecedented revenue and sold more tickets than ever before, so it only made sense to bring back the HFStival,” said Seth Hurwitz, owner of IMP, in a press release.

HFStival — pronounced HF-Summer — was a massive music festival held annually in the DMV for over a decade, including several years at the District’s now-closed RFK Stadium. HFStival brought together some of the biggest names in college and alternative rock, as well as hip-hop and other genres (and even Tony Bennett!) on multiple stages. Even MTV’s website previewed the festival in 1997. (Also, we learned today that MTV apparently had a website in 1997.) Artists that year included Beck, The Prodigy, The Cardigans, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Several radio stations in the Washington area used the call sign WHFS for several decades. When HFStival launched, the station was known for playing progressive and innovative rock music. But in 2005, under a different ownership group, it abruptly and without warning changed formats and became a Spanish-language station, whose last song was famously Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye.”

But 13 years later, IMP rocked DC’s rock music scene by signing a deal with radio company Audacy to use the name HFStival. They ushered in the blast from the past with a collage of photos showing huge crowds, a mosh pit, MTV’s Kurt Loder, and physical paper tickets.

“This will be a show for everyone who has been to HFStival over the past decades and for those who weren’t there to be part of the scene,” said Hurtwitz.

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