Vampire Weekend, music festival in Garfield Park in June


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A new two-day music festival is coming to Garfield Park in Indianapolis in June, organizers and Mayor Joe Hogsett said at a joint press conference on Wednesday.

WonderRoad, hosted by Elevation, the same company behind the annual WonderStruck and WonderBus festivals in Cleveland and Cincinnati, will feature food and live music on three stages from June 11-12.

“It’s going to be spectacular – I think the biggest musical event in Indianapolis for a long time,” Elevation president Denny Young said at the press conference, held in the park’s arts center, in few steps from the planned outdoor festival area.

The top of the bill being advertised leans heavily towards alternative / indie rock, with Vampire Weekend and Lord Huron headlining and Bastille, Chvrches, Milky Chance, Bishop Briggs and Mat Kearney filling it in.

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WonderRoad is billed as a “contemporary music festival”, with hip-hop, EDM, folk and metal bands also on the program. It is presented in association with local promoter MOKB Presents, which has hosted Holler on the Square and other recent local festivals, as well as the Garfield Park Summer Concert Series.

Five local favorites will also perform: 81355, Huckleberry Funk, The Protest, Fern Murphy and The Palace, which won the local MOKB bands battle in 2020.

In total, 28 acts will be spread over the weekend.

Young hopes the festival will be an annual summer event in Indianapolis, noting that 2022 will mark the sixth and fourth WonderStruck and WonderBus festivals in Ohio, respectively.

“We have every reason to believe Indianapolis will be a home for a very, very long time, assuming the mayor and the parks will keep us coming back,” Young said with a light laugh and looking up at Hogsett.

Indy Parks and Recreation is also one of the organizers. As part of the festival’s announcement, Elevation awarded Indy Parks a $ 25,000 grant to fund its 2022 series of summer concerts and films at Indy Parks.

“This festival will once again remind us how special our parks in Indianapolis are to our neighborhoods and why they should have and deserve the greatest support from our city,” said Hogsett.

Hogsett noted that the city has a history of hosting large-scale events, even during the pandemic. He thanked Elevation and the other organizers for bringing the festival to Indy, which will benefit both from the $ 25,000 grant and the economic benefit of a multi-day event that could attract tens of thousands. of people.

Two-day passes start at $ 99.50 and will be available online or at the Hi-Fi box office at 1043 Virginia Ave. at Fountain Square starting Friday.

Organizers recommend using public transport for the festival, as “a limited number of on-site parking will be available for purchase.”

Hygiene and safety instructions are possible. The festival’s website says organizers “will be following developments in COVID-19 throughout the winter months and as Indiana heads into spring / summer 2022.”

“Elevation is hopeful that COVID-19 will be even better controlled by the time the company rolls out WonderRoad and that there will be no need for special entry conditions,” the website read. “However, Elevation will make a final decision on all sanitary protocols as the festival weekend approaches.”

At the press conference, Young, president of Elevation, said the company had hosted nearly 70,000 people at the two Ohio festivals “without a single incident.” Elevation offered test and vaccination on site.

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Rory Appleton is the pop culture reporter at IndyStar. Contact him at 317-552-9044 and [email protected], or follow him on Twitter at @RoryDoesPhonics.

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