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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bunbury Music Festival Announces Lineup

Just when you thought you could finally get "We Are Young" out of your head, think again. The Grammy Award winning trio Fun. will be headlining the first night of this summer's Bunbury Music Festival. MGMT and Cincinnati natives, The National, will also headline the festival in July. 

This morning, the lineup was officially announced for the festival. Bunbury is kind of Cincinnati's answer to Lollapalooza or Coachella. The three-day festival takes place July 12-14 at Sawyer Point/Yeatman's Cove. One-day passes are $55 and three-day passes are $110. Tickets can be purchased now on Bunbury's website. The tickets will be priced higher in June, so you might want to grab some soon if you plan on attending the festival. 

In my opinion, Bunbury has succeeded in trying to compete with Lollapalooza this year. It's certainly a much smaller festival, but is packed with great bands for a portion of the price of a Lollapalooza or Coachella ticket (and no travel costs). I think in a few years it could become a strong force in the summer music festival circuit. 

One of Bunbury's strengths is that is continues to showcase some Cincinnati talent. Walk the Moon, The Pinstripes, The National, Daap Girls, The Upset Victory, and The Harlequins all have Cincinnati roots and will be taking the stage this July. My only worry is that maybe the festival is trying too hard to create a "Little Brooklyn" in Sawyer Point. Chairlift, Bear Hands, and MGMT are all on the bill, which feels a little too 2008.  Maybe the festival will find it's identity more once it's around for a few years. Growing pains aside, it's upward trajectory shows that it's a great asset to the Cincinnati area. 

Check out Bunbury's official lineup here:

Friday, July 12 
Walk the Moon  
Tegan & Sara 
Tokyo Police Club
Youngblood Hawke
Delta Rae
Sky Ferreira
The Features
Red Wanting Blue
The Dunwells
Those Darlins
Beat Club
American Authors
Buffalo Killers
Jay Nash
Josh Eagle 
We are Snapdragon 
State Song 
Ohio Knife
Old Baby
Alone at 3am 
The Mitchells 
Pete Dressman 
Billy Wallace 

Saturday, July 13 
Twenty One Pilots
Atlas Genius 
We Are Scientists
Robert DeLong
Civil Twilight
The Mowglis
Bear Hands
The Pinstripes
You, You're Awesome
Ben Walz Band 
Christopher Paul Stelling 
Culture Queer 
Black Owls 
The Bears of Blue River 
Messerly & Ewing 
New Vega
The Ready Stance
Tim Carr (of Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound) 
Taylor Alexander
Margaret Darling 

Sunday, July 14 
The National 
Belle & Sebastian
Yo La Tengo
Camera Obscura
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Night Terrors of 1927 
A Silent Film
Gregory Alan Isakov
Joe Purdy
Savoir Adore
Daniel Martin Moore
Benjamin Francis Leftwich  
Gringo Star
DAAP Girls
The Hinders
Channing & Quinn
The Harlequins
The Upset Victory
Mia Carruthers 
Mark Utley
Jake Kolesar 
Ben Knight

Personally, I'm looking forward to Sunday's lineup the most. What do you think of this years festival? Let us know in the comments below. 

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