Friday, September 18, 2009 - 7:26am


The City of Madison and Frank Productions announced the line-up of this year's Freakfest 2009 presented by Amp this morning. This year's event actually falls on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. The event as before will include a variety of entertainment areas and the biggest costume contest in the city. Headlining the Amp/Z104 stage by the Capitol this year will be Third Eye Blind and the incredible live band Cage The Elephant along with Push Play and more to be announced. Tickets, additional artists, and more information will be released in the weeks to come.

THIRD EYE BLIND - The band is touring colleges across the country on the heels of their latest top selling release Ursa Major, their first studio collection in five years. Led by lead singer Stephan Jenkins, the band continues to enjoy a loyal and growing fan base. Brad Hargreaves, drummer, and Tony Fredanelli round out this spellbinding trio. Their set will be chock full of hits and new material sure to round out a great night of bewitching and beguiling fright and freaking.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT - Music critics who have witnessed the eye-popping spectacle that is a Cage the Elephant live performance have likened the band's singer to many things, among them "a demented Bible Belt preacher," "a Tasmanian devil whooping and jumping up and down like a frenzied gibbon." And that's just frontman Matt Shultz. The verdict? "Exhilarating, 100 mph stuff," raved British indie music bible NME about one of the group's UK gigs last fall. Their raucous live show - which made this red-hot Kentucky-bred band the talk of this year's South-by-Southwest music festival, and led USA Today to single them out as a band not to miss at 2009's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - is the perfect showcase for their buzzed-about self-titled debut album
PUSH PLAY - Fusing together rock, pop, and electronica genres, the guys from Push Play are working hard to develop a career based on the fans and developing as artists. Their single ‘Midnight Romeo' is climbing the charts and being spun on Madison's own Z104. Long Island born and raised, this quartet will set the tone for a fun night on Halloween.

LOCKSLEY - The band that was started in Madison in 2003 returns for an electrifying performance at this year's Freakfest. Now residing in Brooklyn, this band is sure to receive a warm welcome from the hometown crowd as they headline the Urban Theater Stage this year.
THE NOD - Melding a variety of sounds, the bands songs and rifts have been described at different times as new wave-esque and surf meets punk. Bringing high energy and groovy sounds, The Nod is sure to be a highlight of the Urban Theater Stage.
More TBA

FREAKFEST FRANCES STREET STAGE - Lights, DJ, and home of the costume contest finals
DJ WILL CALDER - A favorite during Milwaukee Pridefest with residencies at La Cage and other hot dance clubs in the area, now in New York, DJ Will Calder also founded web based

Ticket information for the event will be released in the coming weeks.

  • David Maynard or Fred Frank, Frank Productions, (608) 267-3955