Mission Creek adds Freddie Gibbs, The Sea and Cake, Real Estate and more to 2015 Lineup

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Freddie Gibbs will perform at Mission Creek 2015 — Photo by Carl Pocket via Flicker Creative Commons

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The Mission Creek Festival released its second round of lineup details today, adding a slew of musical and literary artists to its 2015 lineup. New additions include rapper Freddie Gibbs, indie rock acts Real Estate and The Sea and The Cake, and Com Truise — an electronic artist who will be replacing pop artist Betty Who. Along with these nationally known acts, the festival will also feature Iowa musicians like Iowa City’s Jack Lion and MAIDS of Des Moines.


  • Freddie Gibbs
  • Real Estate
  • Shovels & Rope
  • How to Dress Well
  • The Sea & Cake
  • Com Truise
  • Delicate Steve
  • King Tuff
  • Swearing At Motorists
  • Ben Miller Band
  • Jack Lion
  • Mr. Nasti
  • Mumford’s
Previously Announced
  • Father John Misty
  • Glenn Kotche & Jeffery Zeigler
  • Foxygen
  • Silver Apples
  • SQÜRL (feature Jim Jarmusch)


  • Jeff Chang
  • Ander Monson
  • Porochista Khakpor
  • Patricia Lockwood
Previously Announced
  • Eula Biss
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Tom Lutz
  • Kerry Howley

Officials announced five additional writers, including Jeff Chang, an award-winning journalist and music critic known for his writing on hip hop music and culture, who will be co-presented with the UI lecture committee. The literary lineup will also include Ander Monson, a novelist, poet and nonfiction writer known for his experimental style, Iranian American author and essayist Poorchista Khakpor, poet and Weird Twitter breakout star Patricia Lockwood and short-story author Amelia Gray.

The 2015 Mission Creek Festival is scheduled for March 31 – April 6 and will take place across various venues in downtown Iowa City. Further details on the festival’s literary and film events, food programming, visual arts and boutique series — including the return of Iowa City’s What A Load of Craft — will be released in the coming weeks. Information on Mission Creek Innovation, a tech and entrepreneurial conference happening during the festival on April 3-4, will be released on Friday, Feb 6.

For $125, attendees can pick up a Silver Pass that grants access to all Mission Creek Festival ticketed music and comedy performances. Screenings at FilmScene, culinary events, and Innovation conference will require additional tickets.

For $350, guests can pick up a Deluxe Pass that guarantees entrance to all ticketed music and comedic events, as well as one film screening at FilmScene (SQÜRL’s engagement is available on an extremely limited basis, officials note), a complimentary dinner at one of the official Mission Creek dinners during the week (Motley Cow, Leaf Kitchen and more), complimentary Sunday brunch on April 5 at the Mill, ten complimentary drink tickets for use at the Englert Theatre, and an invitation to a special VIP event during the festival.

Tickets are available here. Check out for the latest updates on the festival.

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