Dave Matthews, Tool, Flaming Lips Play Inaugural River’s Edge Music Festival

Dave Matthews, Tool, Flaming Lips Play Inaugural River’s Edge Music Festival

The Dave Matthews Band and Tool will headline Saint Paul’s River’s Edge Music Festival. The appearance will be Tool’s only U.S. appearance this year.

The festival also will feature more than 30 other artists playing on four stages on the city’s Harriet Island June 23-24. Other notable acts performing this year include the Flaming Lips, Brand New, Coheed & Cambria, Scissor Sisters, Kinky, Mexican Institute of Sound, Diplo and the Whigs. The event also will feature a slew of local artists like Polica, Motion City Soundtrack, Quietdrive and the Rope.

This will mark the inaugural year of the festival, which is presented by Live Nation and the City of Saint Paul, and a five-year agreement has been signed between the two presenters to keep the festival going for the foreseeable future.

“I’m excited to see the expansion of Live Nation in Saint Paul, bringing millions of dollars in economic vitality to the city and building Saint Paul’s reputation as a top spot for live music,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in a statement. “This new series builds on our years of success with Live Nation. I look forward to several years hosting this great music event at Harriet Island.”

Live Nation Co-President Mark Campana shared this enthusiasm.

“We are thrilled to bring the Twin Cities the festival it has long deserved, a reflection of the discriminating tastes of its music fans as well as the area’s reputation as a cultural leader,” Campana said. “We will be making the most of this beautiful site and its natural advantages to create an experience that truly reflects the community, creativity and culture of the area.”

Harriet Island is located just across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis.

Even though this is the first year of the festival, Live Nation is already looking forward to expanding the event next year according to an interview with Campana in the Star Tribune. Next year he expects to have a second weekend of the festival dedicated to country music and a third day added to the rock festival.