First Round Artists Announced for 2015
Organizers are announcing their first round of artists for MidPoint Music Festival. Tickets for the fourteenth annual event, September 25–27, are on sale now.
Ride / Purity Ring / Sylvan Esso / tUnE-yArDs / Zola Jesus / Strand Of Oaks / Cathedrals / Matthew E. White / Pokey LaFarge / Moon Duo / Betty Who / K.Flay / Sarah Jaffe / Bully / Ryley Walker / Beach Slang / Truly
Full schedules, stages and more acts in the lineup will be announced in the months leading up to the festival.
Artists interested in performing can still apply for a showcase spot through May 17 here.
Festival organizers recently announced a shift in operating days, moving from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to running Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The change is intended to open more daytime programming opportunities and make it easier for fans to commit to enjoying an entire weekend of music in Cincinnati.
MidPoint continues to focus on presenting a diverse lineup of pioneering performers and new music explorers in the neighborhoods of Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.
Using a collection of clubs, theaters, and city parks—all easy to walk or bike between—fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal in one of the most intimate festival settings around.
It’s this blend of tastemaker talent showcased in Cincinnati’s beautiful urban atmosphere that makes MidPoint unique amongst today’s music festival landscape. Dollar for dollar, MidPoint is one of the best music festival values in the entire country.
Cincinnati is in the midst of a renaissance. New development is happening throughout the city core.
- Over-the-Rhine, on the National Register of Historic Places, was voted “Best Cincinnati Neighborhood” in CityBeat’s 2015 Best of Cincinnati.
- Esquire ranked Cincinnati in its top 10 “Cities that Rock.”
- Huffington Post highlighted a list including Cincinnati as one of the "Top 10 Cities for Relocation."
- And travel blog Jetsetter recently included Cincinnati in its top 15 cities to visit in 2015.
MidPoint contributes to making Cincinnati a great place to live and work by giving artists and fans alike an opportunity to enjoy new live music.
Early bird tickets on sale now
Music fans can now take advantage of early bird online ticket prices to Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival.
Fans who act now can get in on a first round of ticket sales with Weekend Passes only $69, while V.I.P. Passes cost $149. Both options offer access to all MidPoint showcases, including the main stage. Only a limited quantity of these tickets will be available.
Once that quantity sells, a second round of tickets will price Weekend Passes at $79 and V.I.P. Passes at $179. After Labor Day, Weekend Passes will cost $89.
Fans following the festival through social media can expect to learn about more artists in this year’s lineup towards the beginning of summer.
MidPoint Music Festival announces dates
It's a new day for MidPoint Music Festival. Festival dates will be Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015. For the first time in 14 years, organizers are shifting festival dates from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to now run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The change is the result of feedback from fans.
“For those who want to make the trip from somewhere nearby, like Indianapolis or Columbus, MidPoint showcases throughout the weekend should make it an easier decision,” said Dan McCabe, artistic director.
“The festival has consistently put out a great live music experience. We are hoping to connect more fans with their new favorite band with this change.”
"Moving to a Friday, Saturday, Sunday format offers us more programming opportunities in the daytime at venues like Washington Park," added Dan Bockrath, executive director.
"We'll be inviting fans to come out earlier this year to enjoy bands, food, art...the whole festival atmosphere."
Fans following the festival through social media can expect to learn about more artists in this year’s lineup towards the beginning of summer.
ArtWorks invites you to “Ink Your Love” at MidPoint
Fans heading down to MidPoint Music Festival this month will discover a vibrant street fair along 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine. The MidPoint Midway will offer food, interactive fun and music from 5:00 p.m. to midnight, September 25–27, 2014.
MidPoint Midway is organized in partnership by MidPoint and ArtWorks. And thanks to sponsorship from P&G, the block between Vine and Walnut Streets will offer free music throughout the duration of the festival. Along with music, food trucks, and vendors, there is a major art and activities component to the Midway.
ArtWorks officially launches a citywide celebration of love for Cincinnati called CincyInk. Through a range of interactive art-making experiences attendees can “ink their love” for our city. The 2014 Midway venues include:
ArtWorks CincyInk will be officially kicking off here. Postcards will prompt attendees to submit written reflections on Cincinnati. The postcards will be amassed and applied in the creation of a crowd-sourced poem. This poem will later be divided and permanently inked on 200+ participants as part of 2015’s Cincinnati Tattoo Project.
ArtWorks Inked Goods is selling temporary tattoos, posters, and postcards that celebrate Cincinnati love.
“SkateAble Track” and on-site screen-printing by Able Projects. Live professional and amateur skateboarding will be on demonstration using ink themed sculptural ramps. Attendees can also select a MidPoint-inspired design and watch it get screen printed on a t-shirt of their choice.
Erasure by nipnip is another poetry project, which provides a range of media for visitors to make their own poem from Cincinnati-centric words. Participants can take home their stamped blackout poetry creation as a memento.
Short-Order Poetry by Chase Public will co-create poems about personal connections to Cincinnati. Each visitor will receive a poem inspired by their own responses to various prompts and questions. They may take it with them or contribute it to CincyInk. It would then become the basis for one of Chase Public’s crowd-sourced poems to the Queen City. This work will be featured as part of an assembly of all of the poems collected throughout CincyInk.
Ink Our Icons by Amanda M. Crane invites people to help raise solidarity for Union Terminal and Music Hall by “inking” their memories of the landmarks on postcards.
Write It On Your Heart That Cincinnati Loves You Back will prompt visitors to design Cincinnati-inspired tattoos to be “inked” on mannequins throughout MidPoint Music Festival.
Attendees will encounter Matt Grote’s “GargantuHands” along the Midway, “inked” by artists.
Friday, September 26, at 5 p.m. the band Real Estate performs a happy hour concert on the free Midway Music stage presented by P&G. The community is invited to enjoy this showcase by one of today’s most admired bands.
About ArtWorks: Founded in 1996, ArtWorks trains and employs local youth and talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks’ vision is to be the creative and economic engine, which unites citizens to transform our region through public art, such as their award-winning mural program, art therapy, and creative enterprise initiatives. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 2,500 area youth and 700 professional artists, and has trained over 200 creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks is grateful for the support of many individuals and organizations, including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council. To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.
About ArtWorks CincyInk: This citywide celebration invites people from all walks of life to “ink their love” for Cincinnati via written words and poems. ArtWorks will collect these poetic contributions and display them online, in print, and even on wall installations for the public to share, explore and contemplate. From these written expressions, a poem will be crafted by Chase Public. This poem will serve as the centerpiece of another component of CincyInk called the Cincinnati Tattoo Project. This artistic endeavor invites individuals to permanently ink words and phrases from the poem on their bodies as an expression of love for Cincinnati. Originally created by Lexington-based artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, the Cincinnati Tattoo Project is a variation on previous participatory tattoo projects that took place in Lexington, Kentucky and Boulder, Colorado. More than 200 people are expected to participate. The project will culminate at an event where participants reveal their tattoos, linking all of the participants together through imagery as well as words.
Offical Festival Guide — Your 2014 MidPoint Adventure Awaits
You can find the official guide to the 2014 MidPoint Music Festival in this week's copy of CityBeat. And here is a link to the digital version: MidPointGuide
The end of summer (last day: Sept. 22) is a bittersweet time in Cincinnati. “Bitter” (if you’re an autumn hater) because school’s back in session, you can’t go swimming as much and the days and nights turn a little chillier. “Sweet” because everything pumpkin spice is back, TV gets better, Cincinnati’s notorious humidity disappears and, best of all, the MidPoint Music Festival returns!
If you’re a music lover, there’s no better way to celebrate the first weekend of fall than with MPMF. The festival returns Sept. 25-27 with the same mix of established and on-the-rise musical acts that have made MidPoint a must-attend event for so many in the region.
MPMF 2014—the festival’s 13th year—has plenty of well-known artists performing (from hometown heroes The Afghan Whigs to OK Go, Chromeo and beyond). But MidPoint is about more than the headliners. At its essence, it is a “tastemaker” festival, showcasing amazing artists that may not be as widely known, but will become more widely known in the years to come.
Every year when other big music festivals announce lineups, it’s always fascinating to see how many MPMF alumni are featured. Those festivals help MidPoint make a (ahem) point — see these artists here first, in an intimate setting and at an incredibly affordable cost ($79 for a three-day pass is one of the best music festival deals in the country) before you have to cough up well over $100 to watch them play on a stage a half mile away under the burning sun.
MidPoint is about great music and discovery. If you come to MPMF to just catch your favorite band and then split, you’re missing out. Once again, MidPoint has a remarkable lineup from top to bottom; explore some of the artists with whom you are unfamiliar before heading to the event and you may just find your favorite new musical act.
This guide was created to help you in your exploration. We’ve compiled write-ups on every artist performing at MPMF 2014, providing some background on each act as well as descriptions of every performer’s music. Every write-up includes a sonic reference point called “You’ll Dig It If You Dig” which will help you find more artists whose music might match up with your tastes.
Be sure to also visit MPMF.com, which features pages for every artist that include links and song samples to help you build your MPMF itinerary.
And it’s also highly recommended that you follow all of MidPoint’s social media outlets so you can keep up to date on any schedule adjustments, maybe find out about a show that’s especially hoppin’ if you have a hole in your schedule or discover things going down that you may have otherwise missed. MidPoint’s Twitter (@MidPointMusic), Facebook (facebook.com/midpointmusicfestival) and Instagram (instagram.com/midpointmusicfestival) accounts will have all of that and more.
Now dig in — you’ve got a schedule to plot out.
Full Schedule Released for MidPoint Music Festival
The long wait is over. Fans eager to see what artists are playing at MidPoint Music Festival will now find a full schedule online here at MPMF.com. Approximately 150 acts from seven countries, 57 cities, and across the tri-state region will perform in Cincinnati USA, September 25–27, 2014.
For weeks now, festival organizers have been leaking some bands and details via social media, but venue and showcase times have been kept under wraps until today. All-access passes are on sale at mpmf.com for what is arguably the best music festival value in the nation.
“We’ve always offered a wide array of music styles, but this year’s lineup has really developed into something special and diverse,” said Dan McCabe, creative director. “I think fans would be hard pressed to find another festival that can give you a bigger bang for your buck.”
Experience live music for three days
The 13th annual festival will present three exciting days of live music on 14 stages in the Over-the-Rhine and Downtown neighborhoods. While the event maintains its status as a primary showcase for emerging independent talent, there’s no denying that this year’s edition has raised the bar in booking established artists.
Cincinnati-music fans should take note that MidPoint welcomes one the most acclaimed local bands to break out in the 90s, The Afghan Whigs, who have stormed back better than ever with their first studio album in the past 16 years. MidPoint will be the only regional appearance for the band during their current world tour.
MidPoint will also be the tour kickoff for Chromeo, the “funk lordz” from Toronto, who are contending for the song of the summer with their single Jealous (I ain’t with it). Washington Park should expect a dance party with the band’s huge lightshow. Consequence of Sound called them a “must-see live show for any festival.”
Additionally, the festival will host some well-established names from the indie-music world over the past decade, including OK Go, Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, The Raveonettes, and Joseph Arthur. Bands like Real Estate, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Jessica Lea Mayfield are newer, but no less widely known.
Longtime MidPoint fans might also notice a wider array of music styles. The lineup still features a healthy amount of pop and indie rock, but organizers have listened to fans’ suggestions, adding more:
Country—Nikki Lane, Margo & the Price Tags, Bulletville;
Folk—Lost in the Trees, Mutual Benefit, Woody Pines, The Ridges;
R&B—St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Magnolia Sons;
Blues—Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, No Sinner, Left Lane Cruiser;
Heavy Metal—Deafheaven, Liturgy; as well as more dance-oriented sounds like
Hip-hop/EDM—Tycho, Dessa, WHY?, Body Language, and Parallels.
Experience new venues for young and old
Festival venues continue to evolve with great new, larger stages at Memorial Halland Christian Moerlein Brewery.
Younger fans will able see more showcases than ever with all-ages stages at the Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Ballroom, Memorial Hall, the MidPoint Midway, Christian Moerlein Brewery Outdoor Stage and Washington Park. In fact, children under 10 years of age can attend our Washington Park showcases for free with a paying adult. With afternoon music programmed for Washington Park on Saturday that could be just what the doctor ordered for parents who seldom get out to concerts.
Experience a unique festival atmosphere
Since 2001, MidPoint's goal has been to help you discover your new favorite band. Our embrace of today's emerging artists is born of the same spirit employed by Cincinnati's celebrated musical pioneers, who always reached for something new. This festival isn’t as much about the flavor-of-the-month, but rather a tastemaker’s event where the bands performing will be what people are talking about next year.
For three days, 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. Unlike some festivals on a farm or a huge fielded area that could be anywhere, MidPoint carries the heart of our city with intimate performances in smaller clubs and theaters. We think Cincinnati is one of the best music cities in the world. With MidPoint showcasing bands and our city’s center, we are putting our best foot forward towards showing this is a great place to live, work and play.
Everything is on an upswing in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati and we expect the fans to not just enjoy the music, but the wonderfully reimagined Washington Park, our handsome German-heritage buildings, and all of the newer hip restaurants, cafés, and hi-tech companies that are making this one of the hottest regions of the Midwest.
Experience food and fun on the Midway
We realize that not everyone can afford to attend a music festival, so we’ve tried to make a small part of it accessible to everyone with our outdoor MidPoint Midway. All of the music programmed here is free, thanks in part to the help of festival sponsor P&G.
The Midway takes up about two blocks on 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine. Fans at the Midway can find festival essentials such as food and beer trucks, various vendors and the return of the artistic installations coordinated with the help ofArtWorks. (More on that in the coming weeks.)
MidPoint’s box office is also at the Midway, where fans will purchase All-Access, VIP, or single-day passes.
It is fairly easy to hop from show to show, but with 10 venues in Over-the-Rhine and four located downtown, not every showcase will be a quick walk. But it is a quick bike ride. Festival organizers will continue to partner with the City of Cincinnati to place a number of bike racks in strategic locations. We encourage everyone to save their feet for the dance floor and bring their bike to get to those must-see bands faster.
MidPoint Music Festival highlights to look for:
Thursday September 25
Chromeo; Panda Bear; St. Paul & the Broken Bones; Sun Kil Moon; Lost in the Trees; and Nikki Lane
Friday September 26
The Afghan Whigs; Tycho; Real Estate; Wussy; WHY?; Dessa; Rubblebucket; and Jessica Lea Mayfield
Saturday September 27
OK Go; The Raveonettes; Deafheaven; Empires; EMA; Earth; Saintseneca; and Speedy Ortiz
Cincinnati USA represent:
Automagik; Black Owls; Bulletville; Culture Queer; Darlene; Fathers; Fists of Love; Heavy Hinges; Honey & Houston; Honeyspiders; Injecting Strangers; Leggy; Molly Sullivan; Old City; Prim; Public; Smasherman; State Song; The Afghan Whigs; The Almighty Get Down; The Ready Stance; Us, Today; WHY?; and Wussy
A full performance schedule is now online at MPMF.com/festival. All artists are subject to change without notice. Schedule updates and further festival news will be available at MPMF.com, on Facebook and Twitter
2014 MIDPOINT MUSIC FESTIVAL VENUES
Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 East Eighth Street
Christian Moerlein Brewery, 1621 Moore Street (2 stages)
Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth Street (all ages)
Bioré Stage at Know Theatre, 1120 Jackson Street (2 stages)
Mainstay Rock Bar, 301 West Fifth Street
Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street (all ages)
Midpoint Midway Presented by P&G, 12th Street, between Vine & Walnut (all ages)
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street
Mr. Pitiful’s, 1323 Main Street
Taft Ballroom, 317 East Fifth Street (all ages)
The Drinkery, 1150 Main Street
Washington Park Presented by Dewey’s Pizza, 1230 Elm Street (all ages)
TICKETS ON SALE AT MPMF.COM
All-Access Pass $69 ($79 after September 1)
VIP Pass $179
Single-Day Pass $40 (Limited quantities)
All venues will offer the option of À la carte pricing at the door, which covers that night at that venue.
Entry into any MidPoint venue is subject to legal capacity limits. All-Access Pass holders get admission to all MidPoint showcases, all three days. VIP pass holders get an enhanced experience with the ability to skip lines with priority admission, plus they receive access to catered VIP reception events each evening, with complimentary food and beverages. An exclusive VIP viewing area is included at the Washington Park stage.