91X cancels X-Fest 2018, which was to have been headlined by Beck and Death Cab for Cutie

Beck, shown above at a concert in New Jersey, was scheduled to headline the 2018 edition of San Diego radio station 91X’s X-Fest. The show has now been canceled.
(Photo by Neil Bacon/AP/Jersey Journal)

San Diego radio station 91X has canceled the 2018 edition of its annual X-Fest.

It was scheduled to be held Aug. 11 in Mission Valley on the former site of the former practice field of the former San Diego Chargers. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

The show, announced in early May, was to have been headlined by Beck and Death Cab for Cutie. The lineup was also to have included eight other acts — The Struts, Joywave, Twin Shadow, Meg Myers, Moon Taxi, Teenage Wrist, Mansionair and The Regrettes. The fact that all eight of the scheduled opening performers qualify as cult acts with relatively small followings may have served to dampen advance ticket sales.

However, that is not the reason being cited by 91X and Goldenvoice, the company that was producing X-Fest for 91X.

A press release issued Thursday afternoon reads: “91X and Goldenvoice have made the difficult decision to cancel X-Fest 2018 on Saturday, August 11th. After considerable thought and reflection, we feel we are unable to deliver the level of experience the fans expect from X-Fest.”

Neither 91X nor Goldenvoice responded to messages from the Union-Tribune requesting further details. As of this writing, the X-Fest date was still listed on the websites for Beck and Death Cab for Cutie.

The 2017 edition of X-Fest was held at the same Mission Valley location and was headlined by Phoenix and Empire of the Sun. From 2013 to 2016, X-Fest took place at Sleep Train (now Mattress Firm) Amphitheatre in Chula Vista

This year would have marked the 35th anniversary of X-Fest, which debuted in 1983 at what was then known as San Diego Jack Murphy (now SDCCU) Stadium in Mission Valley. The lineup for the first X-Fest, which was sparsely attended, included Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stray Cats and Bow Wow Wow.

The second X-Fest took place, after a four-year hiatus, in 1987 at Tijuana’s Caliente Racetrack and was billed as “Mex-Fest.” The third X-Fest was in 1990 at SDSU’s now-defunct Aztec Bowl. Only a few other editions of X-Fest were held in the rest of that decade. At least 10 more editions of X-Fest took place between 2000 and last year.

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