Dates: September 23–25, 2016
MidPoint Music Festival has developed a reputation as the place to discover contemporary music, find the next big thing, and meet your new favorite band. Since 2001, our endeavor has been to embrace today's emerging artist, all with the same spirit employed by Cincinnati's celebrated musical pioneers, who always reached for something new.
For three days each fall, fans can walk easily between venues dotted throughout beautiful, resurgent Over-the-Rhine. This collection of young creative talent amongst an architecturally rich urban setting makes MidPoint a one-of-a-kind experience.
Showcase performers year after year are those buzzed about in critics’ year-end lists for ‘Best Album’ or ‘Best New Artist’ in publications like Spin, Fader, Pitchfork, NME, Filter and Rolling Stone.
Past performers include: Chromeo, The Afghan Whigs, OK Go, The Head and The Heart, The Breeders, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Real Estate, Tycho, The Raveonettes, Panda Bear, Rubblebucket, Kurt Vile, Kishi Bashi, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Speedy Ortiz, Lost in the Trees, Deaf Heaven, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 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 with the buzz of these bands, jumping from 13,500 in 2008 to around 30,000 today. Bands like play here to reach new fans. Fans like discovering something they've not heard before. It's a win-win!
MidPoint has thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please follow us to stay in tune and up-to-date. You can also sign up for e-mail updates on the right hand side of this web page.
MidPoint expanded its footprint in 2009 by sponsoring the annual MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square, Cincinnati’s downtown meeting spot. This free series of concerts schedules a great slate of exciting national, regional and local performers each Friday night from 7–11 p.m. Find more about this year's MidPoint Indie Summer series.
Find a venue map here to see how close everything is. Walking or biking between venues is easy!
Coming from out of town? Learn more about our hotel partners and how to get to the festival on our Travel & Stay page.
If you are a member of the media and would like to contact us regarding coverage, please see our Media page.
We love Cincinnati and the music scene here! We hope you enjoy experiencing all of the showcased talent, both local or otherwise.