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Just to prove that in amongst our days of creativity and general business we at North also have fun, and actually do immerse ourselves in popular culture, some of us are heading out to Pickathon.

I'm not sure that the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival is quite the right title for what is an extraordinary, and a simply riotous collection, of some of the best independent music artists around. Yes 'Roots' is in the title, but don't go letting your mind pigeonhole the festival as some kind of dusty hoedown, hootenanny, shit-kicking dust fest - well, that is part of it - but when you consider the lineup this year you'll have to broaden your mind of what "Roots" might encompass.

This is one of the best independent music festival lineup in the Northwest this year, with truly independent musicians and indie music lovers spending a 3 day weekend in August in the fields of Pendarvis Farm, just outside Portland, Oregon.

Here's but a handful of the top bands playing this year:

Pickathon Bonnie Prince Billy, Dr Dog, Heartless Bastards

Full lineup here

Pickathon 2010 - The day before the festival in pictures

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