BottleRock Napa Valley wasn't the only major new Northern California festival to launch last year. In Monterey, the folks behind Coachella launched First City Festival, named in honor of its history as a city of firsts for California. The two-day event drew more than 20,000 people to catch an indie-focused lineup at the Monterey Fairgrounds that included Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, the Hold Steady, and Neko Case. Not every festival makes it around for a second time, but organizers have just announced that after a successful inaugural outing, First City will be returning in 2014.
No lineup details are available yet, but the festival will take place Aug. 23 and 24 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. Mark your calendars now, Monterey fans. We'll let you know when lineup and ticketing details are released.