MidPoint Music Festival 2013: September 26th-28th: Cincinnati, Ohio



It doesn’t seem like a nearly a full year has passed since a Will and I crammed into his Volkswagen and made the 8+ hour drive to Cincinnati, Ohio for what would be our introduction to MidPoint Music Festival. Over the past eleven years, the festival has grown to become one of the highest regarded showcase festivals in the country, drawing more than 27,000 people to the heart of the city. That all being said, it’s time again to make the trek to Ohio for the twelfth-annual festival. MPMF 2013 will take place in downtown Cincinnati the weekend of September 26th-28th and the team behind the festival has put together one hell of a lineup to celebrate this year.

The Head & The Heart, Murder By Death, Youth Lagoon, Daughter, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and Baths are only a few of the more notable acts on the lineup but like most every showcase festival we’ve been to, the highlights of the weekend usually come unexpectedly. Two bands from the 2012 lineup that I’d never seen or heard eventually would make our “Band of the Month” list. Though the renovated Washington Park area might be one of the nicest outdoor stage areas I’ve been to though as the sun sets the and clubs and listening rooms pack out, the downtown is taken over by an electric feeling that can’t be hindered.

Having the well-reasoned and stubborn sense of loyalty most Georgians have, I’m proud to see The Whiskey Gentry, Cody Chesnutt, and Kishi Bashi on the bill. The Whiskey Gentry put on one of the best shows I’ve seen this year at Bragg Jam in Macon.

Ohio is well represented yet again. I’m looking forward to seeing Bad Veins again, as well as Healing Power, The Ridges, The Kickaways, and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons. Each time I’ve been to Ohio, I’ve found a new band that I’ve really enjoyed and there are at least a dozen on the lineup that I’m sure I’ll drop in to listen to.

You can view the full 2013 lineup HERE.

One of my favorite features of MPMF 2012 was the mobile-units they had built out in the back of moving trucks. Whether you wanted to play arcade games or browse local art, there was a converted truck that was set up to suit different preferences. Attendees should also expect the finest in local cuisine and brews, all while enjoy the company of a few thousand new friends within a few blocks of each other.

Festival Tickets for MPMF 2013 start at $69.00 for general admission and $169.00 for VIPs. You can also purchase single stage tickets for the outdoor stages from $15+.

See you soon, Cincinnati.

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