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A closer look at the bands performing at Pittsburgh’s Sudden Little Thrills festival

Pittsburgh's Hazelwood Green will be the site of a new festival called Sudden Little Thrills.
Kiley Koscinski
90.5 WESA
Pittsburgh's Hazelwood Green will be the site of a new festival called Sudden Little Thrills.

Sudden Little Thrills is a new music festival from C3 Presents (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits) that will take place in Pittsburgh at Hazelwood Green on Sept. 7-8.

Here's a preview of the artists, from national acts to local bands:

The Killers

The first night headliners are The Killers, which won’t come to much surprise, as their big hit “Mr. Brightside” was used in social media posts to announce the festival. The band released their second greatest hits collection in December and has been one of the most successful rock acts so far this century.


The Sunday night headliner is SZA, who’s most recent release “SOS” was not just a critical fave, but earned the singer a Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album. She’s got new music on the way too, having just released the single “Saturn” in February.

St. Vincent

Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent is about to release her seventh album, “All Born Screaming” next week.

Named amongst the greatest guitarists in music today, she’s been through Pittsburgh for almost every one of her tours since 2008.

Wiz Khalifa

Pittsburgh’s own Wiz Khalifa has really blazed himself a trail in hip hop, creating catchy hits like the un-official Pittsburgh anthem, “Black and Yellow.” Khalifa, along with Snoop Dogg performed a sold-out show at The Pavilion at Star Lake just last summer.

Girl Talk

Pittsburgh’s superstar mash-up DJ and producer, Girl Talk hasn’t performed a hometown show since 2022 — but his shows are always a high energy and fun dance party.

Omar Apollo

Singer and songwriter Omar Apollo released his most recent EP last fall, and has made a name for himself blending elements of his Mexican heritage with modern-day R&B.

Ethel Cain

Having headlined the sold-out Warhol Block Party last summer, Ethel Cain’s blend of ethereal country and rock have earned her spots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza before she returns to Pittsburgh.

Hippo Campus

These Minnesota indie rockers are no strangers to Pittsburgh, having performed live in the WYEP studios and many venues around town. They group released their most recent EP, “Wasteland” last year.

Crowded House

These Australian rockers are one of the more tenured artists on the bill, getting their start in the mid-80’s. But Neil Finn and the gang are set to release their 8th studio album at the end of May.

Pittsburgh Acts

Aside from Wiz Khalifa and Girl Talk, other Pittsburgh-based performers on the bill include local hip hop artist, Fedd the God, singer-songwriter Corook, Hazlewood’s own Krunk and Center of Life Band and indie-rockers feeble little horse, who were just profiled by WESA.

Director of Creative Services and host of The Grooves Brian Siewiorek came to WYEP in 2004 from WCBU in Peoria, Illinois, where he worked as a journalist, hosting All Things Considered and managing operations. His award-winning career has included stints in rural Alaska as well as WKSU at Kent State in Ohio.