WRFL Lexington proudly presents the 30th Birthday Bash, a weekend uniting RFLiens past and present to celebrate the legacy and kick off the future of Lexington’s “Only Alternative Left!” With three days of live performances at the Burl in the Distillery District, it’s set to be a perfect start for the station’s biggest year yet.

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The show on Friday, March 2nd at the Burl features the dreamy sound of headliner Washed Out, along with the experimental tunes of Helado Negro and Lexington’s own Idiot Glee. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Cost is $20 for general admission. UK students pay $15 with valid student ID. Ages 18+.


The party continues at the Green Lantern on Friday. Local bands Hellbent Hearts, Just a Test, and the Yellow Belts will round out Friday's activities, where doors will open at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m. Ticketing info will be available soon for this event, so keep an eye out. Ages 21+.


Start Saturday off with a WRFL Homecoming & Alumni DJ Reception at the Downtown Arts Center. This event will feature F.M.era: 30 Years to the Left, an exhibit of WRFL-related ephemera from over the years; a screening of the WRFL documentary How it Went Down; a panel discussion titled College Radio: Community, Culture, and Career Impact featuring former station managers and moderated by longtime Trivial Thursdays host Mick Jeffries; and a chance to mingle with past and present station DJs & staff. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Free food will be provided and a cash bar will be available. All ages are welcome.


F.M.era is an exhibition of thirty years’ worth of WRFL ephemera: the station’s RiFLe program guide and zine, shirts, stickers, posters, postcards, and more. Alongside WRFL’s continuous broadcast, DJs and local artists and designers have given a written, wearable, and visual voice to students and community members alike. F.M.era showcases these objects from across the years, creating a compilation of the station’s unique, alternative history.

The exhibit will be open for the public to view on two dates only:
  • During the WRFL Homecoming on Saturday, March 3, noon-4 p.m.
  • During the Lexington Gallery Hop on March 16, 5-8 p.m.
The exhibit will be located at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center in the upstairs Meeting Room (formerly called the Community Gallery) at 141 East Main.


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On Saturday, March 3rd, pop mavens Cults take the Burl's stage, alongside a vibrant set of unique local artists including house producer Ellie Herring, the heavy experimental band Hair Police, and emcee Devine Carama. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Cost is $20 for general admission. UK students pay $15 with valid student ID. Ages 18+.


A special WRFL "Brunch Bash" Alumni Show rounds out the weekend on Sunday, March 4, with a lineup of acts from the radio station’s storied history, including 10 Foot Pole, Nine Pound Hammer, the Lovely Grandmas, and the All-American WRFLien Band. Doors open at noon with the show beginning at 1 p.m. Admission for Sunday’s show is free. Ages 18+.