We’re sure you have heard about this by now, but if you haven’t, here is the full scoop. The Audiotree Music Festival is returning to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd for the 6th year in a row. The 2018 lineup includes some Midwest locals we know and love such as Major Murphy, Melkbelly (as well as a Miranda Winters solo set), Moss Jaw, Michigander, NE-HI, Lushh, REZN, and Post Animal. Local Natives will headline Saturday, with Father John Misty closing the festival on Sunday night. Single day tickets start at $45 and two day tix start at $80.
Audiotree Music Festival was created by Audiotree, a Chicago-based artist discovery platform formed in 2011 by Kalamazoo natives Michael Johnston and Adam Thurston. The company promotes up-and-coming artists through live-streamed studio sessions, interviews, and takeaway performances. In 2015, Audiotree purchased esteemed Chicago venues, Schubas Tavern and Lincoln Hall, adding a live concert booking, promoting, and streaming division to the company. Now, Audiotree Music Festival is expanding to match the scale of the company as a whole.
“While this year’s festival is very guitar-driven, we’re really excited about the variety we’ve still been able to cover,” says ATMF/Lincoln Hall’s Talent Buyer, Patrick Van Wagoner. “Attendees will find elements of rock ’n roll, punk, folk, pop, funk, and more, while seeing plenty of acts with Audiotree history.” Several artists are Audiotree Alumni that have recorded projects in the past, including Basement, Palm, Common Holly, Chicano Batman, Post Animal, NE-HI, Melkbelly, Stuyedeyed, and Flaural. Each festival performance will be live-streamed and later released as standalone videos.
2018’s biggest addition is The Discovery Stage, presented in conjunction with Western Michigan University’s radio station. “Our good friends at the WMU college radio station, WIDR, will be helping to present 12 more bands throughout the weekend,” says Adam Thurston. The Discovery stage lineup will feature additional Audiotree Alumni, along with local acts from Michigan and Chicago. More details to be announced soon.
In addition to music, the festival will offer a variety of craft beer, food trucks, and specialty vendors from the Kalamazoo area. The fest is all ages and children under the age of 10 get free admission with an adult. “We’re working with more local partners and sponsors than we ever have before,” says Thurston. “September 22nd and 23rd is going to be an epic weekend in downtown Kalamazoo!”
In the run-up to the festival we will be publishing interviews with the performers. Stay tuned.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Father John Misty