Music Tastes Good festival adds R&B goddess Janelle Monáe to lineup

Music Tastes Good, Long Beach’s homegrown festival founded by the late and great Joshua Fischel, has announced a headlining addition to its already-impressive 2018 lineup: queer-loving, soul-seducing R&B goddess Janelle Monáe.

Set to join Englishman James Blake—a Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar fave—as a headliner on Sept. 30, day two of the festival, Monáe will be culling from her discography of new school classics and giving the festival a downright dirty vibe that is sure to bring both crowds and cheers. And rest assured that her set will likely include hits from her third and most recent LP, Dirty Computer, an ode to pansexuality, feminism, and black girl magic.

Taking over Marina Green Park, the home of Pride and other huge events, headliners represent some of the best of England, with post-punk staple New Order taking over Saturday, Sept. 29.

“Our 2018 festival is bigger, wilder, and tastier than ever, as we continue to celebrate Long Beach by doing our best to curate an eclectic array of music and culinary talent–hopefully finding something for everyone,” said MTG Creative Director Chris Watson. “It’s an honor to be able to throw a party like this and we hope y’all enjoy it.”

The lineup formally includes:

Saturday, Sept. 29:

New Order, Broken Social Scene, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, Black Noise, Haunted Summer, Manuel The Band

Sunday, Sept. 30:

Janelle Monae, James Blake, The Black Angels, Parquet Courts, The Church, Lizzo, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui, NO BS! Brass Band.

Tickets are on sale now at

Editor’s note: Pacific6, the parent company of the Long Beach Post, is a sponsor of the event.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.