MidPoint Music Festival: The Story

Marking its 13th year Sept. 25-27, Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival has developed a reputation as the place to find the next big thing and your new favorite band. Many of last year’s performers made year-end lists for Best Album or Best New Artist in major music publications such as Spin, Fader, Pitchfork, NME, Filter and Rolling Stone.

The list of recent MPMF performers includes The Head and The Heart, The Breeders, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kurt Vile, Kishi Bashi, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, The Walkmen, Dinosaur Jr., Tom Tom Club, Ralph Stanley, Andrew Bird, Cut Copy, The Joy Formidable, Okkervil River, Booker T Jones, Phantogram, Surfer Blood, Caribou, TEEN, Lord Huron, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cults, Lydia Loveless and Heartless Bastards.

Attendance has grown along with the buzz, jumping from 13,500 in 2008 to more than 27,000 in 2013. 

As for the buzz, MidPoint has more than 10,000 Facebook fans , and over 3,700 Twitter followers. Like and follow us to stay in tune and up-to-date with MPMF.

MPMF expanded its annual footprint in a big way in 2009, when it began sponsoring the annual MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati’s main public meeting space. The free Friday night series completed its fifth summer in 2013, with another exciting schedule of national, regional and local performers. 

Mark your calendars now for MPMF.14: Sept. 25-27.