The National, MGMT and Belle & Sebastian are among the top acts on the lineup at this year’s Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This year’s incarnation of the annual event will take place July 12-14 at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove in the Ohio town. Other notable artists on the lineup include fun., Tegan & Sara, Cake, Yo La Tengo, Those Darlins, Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, DeVotchKa, Atlas Genius, Tokyo Police Club and Sky Ferreira, among others.
This is the second year of the festival, which is scheduled to take place on the second full weekend in July every year. In total, 80 artists will play this year across six stages. Tickets are on sale now, and are $110 for a three-day pass or $55 for one day of admission.
Festival organizer Bill Donabedian tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that tickets are already selling faster than last year’s inaugural event, and he expects sales to increase with the lineup announcement, particularly with its inclusion of fun., which brings something of a more mainstream appeal to the lineup that otherwise leans a bit hipster-ish.
“Fun. is one of those rare acts which appeals to the alternative crowd but has definitely gone mainstream,” he tells the paper. “I’m hoping that it gets the attention of people who might not go to festivals.”
He says fun. may be a type of band that comes to define the Bunbury festival in the future.
“I do want to see Bunbury get more bands like fun., these bands that I think are still authentic – that’s the word I like to use – but maybe have found more commercial success,” he continued. “I think there’s this void. What’s missing is this idea that there’s great alternative music. A lot of it you’ll never hear, but we got it. And trust me, if you like bands like fun., and you’ve heard of The National or whatever, when you hear a band like Youngblood Hawke, you’re gonna like it.”
Not to be confused with the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival will be held September 5-8 this year, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the event.
Other acts performing this year include The Knife, The Roots, M.I.A., Franz Ferdinand, Sinead O’Connor, Johnny Marr and The Walkmen. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Band and DJ wise we’ve cast our net far and wide… as ever Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic rubbing shoulders with the ultra modern and left field,” said presenter Rob da Bank in a statement. “From one of the biggest selling artists of all time and certainly the best at fancy dress, Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg through the amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife… this will be our best Bestival yet.”
Elton John even got a statement together for the announcement.
“I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested,” John said. “I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that, they must all look amazing from stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French Maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music.”
As you can tell from the statement, much of the audience arrives at the festival in various degrees of “fancy dress.”