Mark your calendars for July 12 and 13. 80/35 announced it's 2019 line-up today, and it boasts a wide variety of genres, including acts we've loved for years and some new ones we're excited about.
New this year, the festival is adding a second stage inside the paid area.
There will still be three free stages, including the Iowa Public Radio's Live Sessions stage. Check back to find out who we're hosting soon.
On Friday, July 12 Elle King headlines the mainstage. She made her name with a top 10 single in 2014 with her song “Ex’s & Oh’s," and has since released "Shake The Spirit," an Americana/country flavored album that draws upon her life experience.
Portugal. The Man headlines Saturday, July 13. They are an indie rock band whose 2017 hit “Feel It Still” popularized their eighth album, "Woodstock."
We're excited to see Liz Phair on this year's line-up. If you only know of her because of her single "Why Can't I?," we encourage you to check out her first album, "Exile in Guyville." (Pro-tip: don't listen through this with kids in the room if you're worried about language.)
The rest of the 80/35 lineup is a mix of indie, alternative, alt-country and hip-hop acts. Metric, Dressy Bessy and The Beths are all indie bands with female lead vocalists.
Murder By Death is playing one of the paid stages. Their name comes from a 1976 Robert Moore film, so don't assume they are a metal band. They are, in fact, a folk band.
Illinois native Fatimah Nyeema Warner, who goes by Noname, and Open Mike Eagle are hip-hop artists.
Just as in years past, there is a strong variety of Iowa connected artists on the festival line-up, including Des Moines band The Envy Corps, Iowa City based Crystal City and Quad Cities native Lissie.