80/35 festival adds Cake, Surfer Blood, King Fantastic and more to 2014 lineup

Cake performs at Apple’s WWDC in 2009 — photo by William Dillon

Friday lineup

* New additions marked with an asterisk.

  • Conor Oberst
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Best Coast
  • Dawes
  • Pert Near Sandstone *
  • Black Diet *
  • Circle of Heat *
  • Chicago Farmer
  • MAIDS *
  • The River Monks *
  • Max Jury
  • Brother Trucker
  • Gloom Balloon *
  • Cirrus Minor *
  • GoodcaT
  • Bonne Finken
  • Quick Piss
  • G Mint *
  • Brad Goldman and Tobias Cross present CLIMAX *
  • JohnnyRAGE *
  • Gorilla Stomp Squad *

Saturday lineup

  • Cake (headliner) *
  • Dr. Dog
  • Xavier Rudd
  • The Envy Corps
  • Raz Simone
  • King Fantastic *
  • Boy & Bear *
  • Caroline Smith
  • The Whigs *
  • Useful Jenkins *
  • Shy Boys
  • Soap *
  • The Maytags *
  • Parlours
  • Holy White Hounds
  • Har-di-har *
  • Aquamarine Dream Machine
  • James Biehn *
  • Kris Adams
  • Zeta June *
  • Foxholes *
  • Shawn Shady *
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Techno *
  • TimeWlkr *
  • DJ Raj *
  • Jesse Jamz *

80/35 announced today that alt-rock legends Cake will headline the final night of the Des Moines-based music festival, set for Friday and Saturday, July 4-5 in Western Gateway Park.

Today’s announcement adds 27 acts to the festival lineup in total, with Surfer Blood, The Whigs, Useful Jenkins and King Fantastic topping the list. A slew of regional favorites, including Des Moines’ Gloom Balloon and MAIDS, have also joined the bill.

Late night DJ sets will once again take place across 80/35’s two free music stages, officials announced, with Gorilla Stomp Squad, Jesse Jamz, G Mint, Cloudy with a Chance of Techno, Shawn Shady and more set to perform.

Officials say additional acts and set times will be unveiled next week.

Today’s announcement comes in addition to the festival’s initial line-up, revealed in April, which includes Best Coast, Ziggy Marley, Dawes and indie giant Conor Oberst, best known for his collaborative work under the Bright Eyes moniker.

Oberst will headline on Friday, July 4 with Cake closing out the festival on July 5.

Now in its seventh year, 80/35 draws in about 30,000 attendees annually, pulling in massive crowds with big-name headliners like David Byrne and St. Vincent, The Wu Tang Clan, Girl Talk and The Flaming Lips.

Indie mastermind Conor Oberst and Cake, creators of some of the best damn driving music of all time, will no doubt make fitting additions to the list.

The festival, organized by the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition and presented by U.S. Cellular, spans three stages and offers a broad selection of both free and paid entertainment. 80/35 typically hosts about 50 acts each year, officials say.

Advance 80/35 tickets are available at a discount until June 6, after which they’ll bump up to $39 and $65 for one and two-day passes, respectively.

Day-of tickets will also be available at the festival entrance for $45 and $80. Children under the age of 11 will receive free admission.


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