Chance of Rain Announces First Wave of Performers

The brand new electronic festival’s lineup includes Derrick May, one of the inventors of techno.

The forecast is looking up for Chance of Rain, the new festival running Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 and hoping to fill a Decibel-sized hole in the city’s electronic music scene. Today, organizers announced the first wave of artists with a heavy tilt toward the West Coast. The British crew behind the infamous Wicked parties that first brought the rave scene to the city by the bay will make a stop as part of their 25th anniversary tour. Vancouver’s Frivolous, LA’s Butane, and Seattle’s Big Phone will join forces for an album launch party on the heels of local label Peloton Musique’s compilation Pacific Waves, coming out Sept 26.

The rest of the line-up thus far looks east. Ex-Le Tigre and MEN bandmate JD Samson will play a DJ set. Chance of Rain’s biggest coup, meanwhile, comes from Detroit pioneer Derrick May (Sept 29 at Q Nightclub)—one of the famed Belleville Three credited with inventing techno—who last played Seattle in 2011.

Big things can come in small packages. As Chance of Rain’s organizers write, “We are starting small but have big ideas for future growth and development.”

Tier one passes are on sale now for $125.