Midpoint Music Festival announces additional artists to the lineup

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By Bohlsen Group

The 17th-annual Midpoint Music Festival announced additional artists that will be part of its two-day event happening Sept. 23-24 in downtown Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre and Cincinnati Masonic Center. A final wave of artists, including local and regional acts, will be announced in the coming weeks.

On July 24 MPMF added supergroup Filthy Friends (featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame, Corin Tucker & Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney as well as former members of King Crimson, Young Fresh Fellows and Fastbacks), Preoccupations, Pile, Urban Renewal Project, Welles, Harbour and Amy O to its lineup that already includes the previously announced acts Walk the Moon New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, BadBadNotGood, Valerie June, Frightened Rabbit, Dan Deacon, Noname, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Citizen, Mandolin Orange, The Cactus Blossoms, Aaron Lee Tasjan, William Elliott Whitmore, Charly Bliss, Bedouine, Flint Eastwood, Ghost of Paul Revere, David Luning, Dyan and Adam Torres.

MPMF will feature more than 50 local, regional, national and internationally recognized acts including a diverse mix of up-and-coming artists and bands in addition to some of the biggest names in festival history. Taking place at a new location this year, fans can enjoy music across four stages at the Taft Theatre, the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre, the Masonic Cathedral and an outdoor stage on 5th Street at Broadway.

The Midpoint Music Festival will transform historic eastern downtown Cincinnati into a haven for music lovers through an immersive all-day music festival experience for people of all ages. The event will also feature local restaurant and craft beer vendors and some of Cincinnati’s top artisan flavors, all adding to the inclusive atmosphere. Whether attendees travel to the event by car or bicycle, on foot or by using the Cincinnati Streetcar, organizers encourage all attendees to experience the festival and the resurgent surrounding neighborhoods that have enjoyed a true renaissance over the past several years.

Weekend passes are on sale now for $115 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 are also available for $225, offering an enhanced experience with VIP-only viewing access at each stage, an indoor, air-conditioned VIP-exclusive lounge, a special MPMF17 laminate and T-shirt, five free drinks each day, and an invitation to catered VIP receptions each evening, with complimentary food and a private bar. Information regarding single day passes will be available in the coming weeks.

A special kick-off celebration will take place Sept. 22 at Memorial Hall as part of The Longworth-Anderson Series that will feature Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Tickets for this stand-alone concert event are on sale now at www.memorialhallotr.com. The Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires kick-off celebration requires a separate ticket for entry and is not included as part of a MidPoint Music Festival Weekend Pass.

Midpoint Music Festival is an indie-focused music festival centered around Cincinnati’s historic Downtown entertainment district. The festival has grown over the years to include such diverse artists as Band of Horses, Reggie Watts, Purity Ring, Bob Mould, Grizzly Bear, Kamasi Washington and The Afghan Whigs.

All artists are subject to change without notice.

For more information, www.MPMF.com.