The 6th annual All Things Go Fall Classic returned to Union Market last weekend (October 12-13, 2019) for two days of beats with a line-up of musical performances across a variety of genres. Among the high-profile headliners was synth-pop trio CHVRCHES and platinum-selling artist/filmmaker Melanie Martinez.
As in past years, the Fall Classic’s energy was contagious, with attendees and performers alike fanning each other. Australian Betty Who, a veteran All Things Go headliner, called it her “favorite festival, probably in the world,” as her hoard of local fans showed up in droves, many sporting “Who Crew” shirts to show their allegiance.
Sunday was an all-female lineup, curated in partnership with She Is The Music, that included such favorites as Léon, Allie X and Olivia O’Brien, as well as headliner Melanie Martinez, who closed out the weekend with an elaborate stage performance of incorporating her most popular songs as well as new music from her album, K-12.
In addition to the Fall Classic’s musical lineup, fans enjoyed eats from local culinary favorites like Shake Shack, &pizza, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Arepa Zone, Bun’d Up, Swizzler, JRINK, Insomnia Cookies, Nando’s and TaKorean, and so many more.
And for those who wanted to talk it out… festival weekend included panel discussions for the second consecutive year, bringing together prominent women from both music and media. Dubbed “Classic Conversations,” these talks featured journalists such as CNN White House and FLOTUS reporter Kate Bennett and NPR’s Sidney Madden, plus music industry insiders, including Pitchfork.com editor-in-chief Puja Patel and Position Music’s senior director of creative Moira McCarthy.
The All Things Go Fall Classic festival first launched in 2014 when four D.C. natives and friends — Will Suter, Adrian Maseda, Stephen Vallimarescu and Zack Friendly — took their music discovery blog, All
Things Go, from the internet to the real world. Since then, and with the addition of partner John Liipfert in 2016, ATG has flourished into a multi-genre music and food festival that has become a catalyst in the careers of many top artists like Maggie Rogers and Billie Eilish.