Your Guide to the XPonNetial Music Festival: 5 Acts You Must SeePosted by On

XPN Fest

XPN Fest

If you’re already feeling the post-Firefly Music Festival blues and the Made in America Festival feels too far away, well, you’re in luck, you Philly music scene fanatic. The XPoNential Music Festival, now entering its 25th year, takes place from July 26-28 at the Camden Waterfront. 

Easily the chillest music festival in the region, this lively event brings incredible musical acts from around the world (last year welcomed the likes of David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, and The War on Drugs), as well as top-notch local food vendors. 

The festival—which is put on by The University of Pennsylvania’s station 88.5 WXPN—is easily accessible by bus, train, car, or our personal favorite: the ferry. Whatever way you’re getting there, you’ve simply gotta check out these five can’t-miss acts performing at both the BB&T Pavillion and Wiggins Park. 


What goes better with hanging out under the summer sun than listening to moody American folk-rock? Damned if we know, because that’s exactly what we’ll be doing when we check out this ultra-cool LA band who you’ll recognize from XPN-rotation favorites like “Roll With the Punches” and “Things Happen.” Dawes are performing on Friday, July 26 at the Wiggins Park stage. 

Killiam Shakespeare 

C’mon, it wouldn’t be a Philly festival if you didn’t get out and support some local talent, especially ones that happen to have the best name on the lineup. The Philadelphia-based experimental jazz collective, lead by Steve Mckie and Corey Bernhard, is every bit as eclectic and amazing as our fine city. The musicians will be on the BB&T Pavillion stage on Friday, July 26. 

Low Cut Connie

Speaking of seriously awesome Philly natives: fellow hometown heroes Low Cut Connie are bringing their rollicking live show to the City of Brotherly Love (well, across the river anyway), and it’s your duty to show them the love back. The rockers will take the Wiggins Park stage on Saturday, July 27. 


This year’s XPoNential Festival has some serious heavy-hitters when it comes to their headliners, including Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, and Elvis Costello & the Imposters. But there’s none we’re more excited for then the legendary Blondie, who will play the BB&T Pavillion on Saturday, July 27. Get ready to sing your heart out to hits like “The Tide is High”, “Call Me,” and “One Way or Another” and marvel at the majesty that is Debbie Harry. 

Lucy Dacus 

There’s no shortage of talent playing the final day of the festival, including the Amy Ray Band and Guster, among many others. However, we’re making it a point to see indie rocker Lucy Dacus’ set at Wiggins Park on Sunday, July 28th. The singer-songwriter is as much a masterful performer as she is a wordsmith.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *