San Francisco Portola Festival Announces Last-Minute Headliner

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Musical guest Oneohtrix Point Never performs at "Tonight's Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on November 6, 2020.

Musical guest Oneohtrix Point Never performs on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on November 6, 2020.

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Move around Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly, there’s a new music festival in town.

Presented by Goldenvoice (the organizers behind Coachella), San Francisco’s newest music festival takes place this weekend at Pier 80. The Portola Festival will focus on electronic music, with a mix of top DJs, emerging and strange electronic producers. pop star thrown in for good measure.

One of the most anticipated acts was MIA, a British rapper with Sri Lankan roots who was responsible for massively popular singles like “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.” Last week, he was dropped from the lineup due to unspecified health issues dating back to this summer.

Today, Goldenvoice officially announced that she would be replaced by electronic musician Daniel Lopatin, who performs under the name Oneohtrix Point Never.

Lopatin is known for creating unique soundscapes that blend field recordings with experimental synth tones. Sometimes that results in beautiful ambient orchestrations, but a lot of his songs are more abrasive and dive into gritty noise territory.

Though he hasn’t yet had a big crossover hit of his own, Lopatin has put his stamp on pop culture through his collaborations. His tense score for the 2019 film “Uncut Gems” was one of the most notable aspects of the film. He has also repeatedly worked with The Weeknd, writing and producing 11 songs for “Dawn FM” and serving as musical director for the pop star’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Oneohtrix Point Never will perform on Sunday at 21:10 in the Ship Tent.



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