More than 30 acts will perform at the MidPoint Music Festival Sept. 23-25 in this historic Cincinnati neighborhood next to the Main Street entertainment district near 12th and Sycamore streets.
The 16th annual event will present three days of live music from a diverse mix of up-and-coming artists and bands as well as some of the biggest names to ever hit the festival stage, organizers Music and Media Event Management Inc. said Wednesday.
The festival has grown over the years to include The Head And The Heart, Purity Ring, Iron And Wine, Grizzly Bear and The Afghan Whigs.
This year, four stages will be set up as part of the event in parking lots in Over-the-Rhine, including three that will be ticketed. One stage will be accessible to the public to enjoy for free.
Here's the initial, partial lineup: Band Of Horses, Future Islands, JJ Grey & Mofro, Wolf Parade, Reggie Watts, Lucero, Frightened Rabbit, Houndmouth, Kamasi Washington, Bob Mould, Nada Surf, Josh Ritter, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Mountain Goats, The Wood Brothers, Tokyo Police Club, Car Seat Headrest, Antibalas, Langhorne Slim, The Budos Band, Russian Circles, Elephant Revival, AJJ, The James Hunter Six, Aloha, Joan of Arc, Helms Alee, The World is a Beautiful Place…, Into It. Over It., Lucy Dacus and more.
A second wave of artists will be announced later in the summer.
“We cannot wait to see the transformation of this part of the neighborhood in September,” said Rick McCarty, festival organizer. “We are very excited to help continue the growth of this festival with a more diverse line up and immersive experience in Over-The-Rhine. The new location and layout should create an amazing weekend.”
The event will also feature some of Cincinnati’s top local restaurant and craft beer vendors and the city’s top artisan flavors, all adding to the inclusive atmosphere, organizers say.
Three-day passes will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They can be purchased for $99 at the Taft Theatre Box Office, the Riverbend Music Center Box Office, MPMF.com and Ticketmaster.com (plus applicable fees online, no service fees if purchased at a box office).
VIP tickets will also be available for $140, and holders get an enhanced experience with the ability to receive access to a catered V.I.P. reception area each evening, with complimentary food, a private bar and private restrooms.
More details on single day passes will be released upon announcement of the full lineup.