Mar 26th, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Musikfest, ArtsQuest


DATE: March 20, 2012
CONTACT: Mark Demko, 610-332-1342 or gro.tseuqstranull@okmedm


Bethlehem, PA—Chart-topping pop/rock group MGMT will headline Musikfest on Sun., Aug. 5, with a 7:30 p.m. Sands Steel Stage performance. Tickets for the concert are $35 and $45 and will go on sale starting March 27, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and March 30, 10 a.m., to the public; they’ll be available at and 610-332-3378.

Originally formed in 2002 by Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser while they were attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut, MGMT was signed to Columbia Records in 2006 and released its debut album, Oracular Spectacular, in 2008. In November 2007, Rolling Stone named MGMT one of the Top 10 bands to watch in 2008. NME’s year-end Best of 2008 poll named Oracular Spectacular the No. 1 Album of the Year, with the album’s singles holding down three of the year’s Top 5 Singles spots, including “Kids” as No. 1 Single of the Year, “Time To Pretend” at No. 4 and “Electric Feel” at No. 5. NME went on to name “Time To Pretend” the No. 2 Single of the Decade.

As a result of its debut success, MGMT was nominated for 2010 Grammy Awards for “Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “Kids.”  The group continued its success with its second studio release, 2010’s Congratulations, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, as well as topped the Digital Albums, Alternative Albums and Rock Albums charts.


In addition to headlining its own tours, MGMT has opened for such iconic artists as Radiohead and Paul McCartney.  The group has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world including Coachella, Virgin Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and SXSW.
Media partner for the MGMT concert is Radio 104.5. For more information on Musikfest and the show, visit



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