Monterey is set to go pop again.

The Monterey County Fairgrounds, which hosted the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, will hold the inaugural First City Festival on Aug. 24 and 25.

The First City Festival features several notable indie-pop and rock acts, including Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case and Beach House. In all, some 30 acts are expected to perform on three stages during the weekend-long event.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. May 31 through www.FirstCityFestival.com. Two-day passes start at $149.50. There is also a "layaway" option for those who don't wish to pay the full amount upfront. No word on when, or if, single-day passes will be made available.

Modest Mouse, seen performing at the Bridge School Benefit concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, on Oct. 23 , 2010, will play at the First
Modest Mouse, seen performing at the Bridge School Benefit concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, on Oct. 23 , 2010, will play at the First City Festival in Monterey in August. (John Green/Staff file)

The all-ages festival runs 1-11 p.m. each day. Beyond music, it features a vaudeville variety stage and carnival rides and games, as well as plenty of food and drink options.

The event is being presented by Goldenvoice, the promoter perhaps best known for hosting the mammoth Coachella music festival in Southern California each spring.

According to the promoter, the festival's name references Monterey's claim as the "first capital" of California.

Here's the current lineup (listed alphabetically):

Akron/Family

The Antlers

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

Beach House

The Black Angels

Bleached

Blitzen Trapper

Capital Cities

Civil Twilight

Deerhunter

Delta Rae


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Delta Spirit

Devendra Banhart

The Dodos

Dr. Dog

Electric Guest

Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Father John Misty

Generationals

Guards

Guy Blakeslee (Entrance)

The Hold Steady

Jeffertitti's Nile

Light Fantastic

Lucero

MGMT

Modest Mouse

Neko Case

Okkervil River

Passion Pit

Purity Ring

Quadron

Seventeen Evergreen

Tennis

Toro y Moi

Washed Out

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