Iowa Public Radio’s stage is celebrating its sixth birthday this year at 80/35 with the same great mix of local and nationally known talent. This year, we’re moving to a new location at the corner of 13 St. and Locust, near the west gate to the ticketed area.
As our stage gets older, it’s also getting bigger to accommodate a larger crowd, which is why we're moving. It will remain a free stage at the fest.
We’re excited to feature a great variety of Iowa musicians, most of whom are playing the festival for the first time. Crystal City, The Other Brothers, and Squirrel Flower are among the Iowa bands making their 80/35 debut this year.
We’re also hosting a few artists whose sets will be exclusive to the IPR stage. The Surf Zombies from Cedar Rapids play at 8:15 on Saturday.
Condor And Jaybird from the Quad Cities play at 5:45 on Friday, and Ellisa Sun from San Francisco will play at 12:45 on Saturday.
Nationally-touring artists playing the IPR stage this year include Dessa, who has performed at Mission Creek in Iowa City. The Harmaleighs, And The Kids, and Dressy Bessy are also on our lineup, and Rock Island native Lissie will perform on Friday.
Since its first year in 2014, the IPR stage has become a fan favorite at the festival. Performers already on the festival lineup plus some exclusive acts often play stripped-down performances, with artists performing alternate versions of their songs with acoustic instruments.