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The Decemberists to Embark on 20th Anniversary Tour

The Decemberists are celebrating 20 years together as a band with a 2020 North American summer tour.

The Decemberists are celebrating 20 years together as a band with a 2020 North American summer tour. The band, which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, will be joined on tour by special guest Fruit Bats.

The anniversary tour will kick off on July 28 at KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana, and run through Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois and more. The 18-date tour will close out Aug. 22 with a special performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

“Twenty years ago, in a basement practice space in Portland, Oregon, a bunch of musicians threw together under the name The December Brides, a name that lasted only a few hours before it was marginally improved to The Decemberists,” said frontman Colin Meloy in a press release. “In the intervening years, that band has made nine records, six EPs, innumerable singles, a board game, and enough t-shirts, hoodies, and onesies to clothe a continent. On such occasions, it seems fitting to throw some kind of party. And so we’re heading out on the road, we Decemberists, to celebrate the work we’ve made over the last two decades — playing the hits, naturally, but digging into the deep cuts as well. It’ll be a kind of retrospective journey. Come along with us!”


The Decemberists released their debut EP 5 Songs in 2001 followed by their full-length debut Castaways and Cutouts in 2002. By 2003, the band signed with Kill Rock Stars for the release of the acclaimed albums Her Majesty the Decemberists and Picaresque.

They made the jump to Capitol Records for their first major label album in 2006 with the permanent line-up of Meloy, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, guitarist Chris Funk and drummer John Moen.

The band released its latest album, I’ll Be Your Girl, in March of 2018.

Over the past 20 years, The Decemberists have toured the world, performed at countless major festivals, and even founded Travelers’ Rest, a festival of their own curation, in Missoula, Montana. The band has appeared on The Simpsons, collaborated with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and released its own crowd-funded board game Illimat.


Ticket and VIP package pre-sales are underway with a public on-sale beginning Friday at 10 a.m. local time. The band has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from each ticket will be donated to non-profits working to transform the accessibility and infrastructure around voting policy and procedure.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.