Tickets on sale Wednesday for Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, featuring The National, Bon Iver, Spoon, PHOX, Sylvan Esso and more

The National
The National is just one of the high-profile acts performing at the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner. — photo by Kmeron via Flickr Creative Commons

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival

Eau Claire, Wisconsin — July 17-18 — Tickets available Feb. 12 for $135
Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner

[redacted]'s lovely graffiti from the Foxhead was featured on the cover of the James Blake + Bon Iver album, Fall Creek Boys Choir
[redacted]’s lovely graffiti from the Foxhead was featured on the cover of the Bon Iver album, Fall Creek Boys Choir.

That’s right. Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) and Aaron Dessner (of The National fame) are co-curating a festival this summer in Vernon’s home town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Safe to say this trip north and east of the border will be… wait for it… justified.

No, Justin Timberlake isn’t playing (and I’m very sorry).

It’s a two-day, outdoor festival with tiered ticketing at $135 and $250. A pre-sale batch released in December has already sold out, and the remaining tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Feb 12. (Yes, that’s tomorrow!) Full ticket details are available here.

Here’s the lineup, just announced today:

  • Aero Flynn
  • Allan Kingdom
  • Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Bon Iver
  • Boys Noize
  • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
  • Colin Stetson
  • Doomtree
  • Elliot Moss
  • Field Report
  • Francis and the Lights
  • Givers
  • Grandma Sparrow
  • Haley Bonar
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Indigo Girls performing Swamp Ophelia
  • Liturgy
  • Lizzo
  • Low
  • Marijuana Deathsquads
  • Melt-Banana
  • Mueller
  • No BS! Brass Band
  • Phil Cook
  • PHOX
  • Polica
  • Retribution Gospel Choir
  • Rosenau
  • S. Carey
  • Sam Amidon
  • Spooky Black
  • Spoon
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Sylvan Esso
  • The Found Footage Festival
  • The Lone Bellow
  • The National
  • The Staves
  • The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Ymusic

A statement on the curation from Vernon was posted to the Eaux Claires website just today:

Eaux Claires — February 11, 2015

We at Eaux Claires have been driven by the idea that our festival would encourage music-genre-walls to melt away. That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing in the arms of our own Chippewa River Valley.


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