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Roots rock country superstar Sturgill Simpson to headline Hinterland Festival


Hinterland Festival

Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, St. Charles — Aug. 3-4, 2018

Sturgill Simpson will headline the 2018 Hinterland Festival. — photo by Atlantic Records, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Update: The festival schedule was released on July 10, and has been added to the bottom of this article.

St. Charles’ Hinterland Festival, entering its fourth year, announced their 2018 lineup today. Topping the bill is country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. The Kentucky-born, Nashville-based artist won Best Country Album (and was nominated for Album of the Year) at the 2017 Grammy Awards for his 2016 album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.

Also on the list for 2018 are Seattle (now South Carolina-based) indie rockers Band of Horses. The band returns to the Des Moines area with a new lineup after changes to their roster in 2017. They last played Iowa in late 2016, in the wake of their most recent studio album, Why Are You OK?

Scottish synthpop act Chvrches are also making a return trip to Iowa, after playing a free Homecoming concert at the University of Iowa in 2015. The band recently released a new video for the track “Get Out,” from their forthcoming record Love Is Dead, with 2018 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year, Greg Kurstin.

Hinterland 2018 will also feature Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Blackberry Smoke, Margo Price, Anderson East, Tash Sultana, J Roddy Walston and The Business, Tyler Childers, Joshua Hedley, 2018 Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Nadas, and Des Moines’ Ancient Posse.

Tickets for the 2018 Hinterland Festival go on sale Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. General admission passes are $105. VIP passes, which include complimentary camping and parking, access to an air-conditioned VIP area, five drink tickets (and priority access to Saturday morning’s Bloody Mary bar), a festival t-shirt and more run $259, and are only available to attendees aged 21+. The Saints pass, which is also 21+, includes all VIP benefits, reserved parking, early entry, free drinks, access to special reserved prime viewing and camping spots and more, is $599. Only 50 Saints passes are available; Hinterland advises that both Saints passes and VIP passes sell out quickly.

The festival — taking place in and around the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, a rural town just outside of Des Moines — has a variety of camping and parking options available to general admission pass holders starting at $25 and $15, respectively.

Kids 12 and under will be admitted free to Hinterland with a paying adult.

2018 Hinterland Festival schedule

Friday, August 3

3:00 p.m. – Gates Open
5:15 p.m. – Ancient Posse
6:30 p.m. – Tash Sultana
8:00 p.m. – CHVRCES
9:30 p.m. – Band of Horses

Saturday, August 4

11:00 a.m. – Gates Open
11:45 a.m. – The Nadas
12:45 p.m. – Joshua Hedley
1:45 p.m. – Tyler Childers
2:45 p.m. – J Roddy Walston and The Business
4:00 p.m. – Anderson East
5:15 p.m. – Margo Price
6:30 p.m. – Blackberry Smoke
8:00 p.m. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
9:30 p.m. – Sturgill Simpson

Ticket status (as of July 10, 2018)

Available for purchase online

Friday Only – $49
Saturday Only – $59
Two-Day – $95
VIP – $259 – Sold out
Saints – $599 – Sold out
Parking – $15-$25
Shuttle Pass – $10


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