MPMF 2017: Tickets and other information

MPMF has been relocated to four stages on Fifth Street between Sycamore and Broadway streets: the Taft Theatre, the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre, the Cathedral at the Cincinnati Masonic Center and the Ballroom at the Masonic Center. For the first time, the entire festival microcosm is within one city block. This change allows for four unique concert experiences at each stage, addresses a ton of logistical concerns, and most importantly, guarantees a safer, more accessible festival experience overall. Thanks for trying something new with us!

BOX OFFICE: The MPMF Box Office will be located onsite at Taft Theatre. There, staff will take care of all ticketing concerns.

GATES: Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival closes around midnight each night.

VIP: If you want to feel like a superstar, we’ve got you covered. VIP tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, offering an enhanced experience with VIP-only viewing access at each stage, an indoor, air-conditioned VIP-exclusive lounge, a special MPMF.17 laminate and T-shirt, five free drinks each day and an open invitation to Fusian-catered VIP receptions from 4-7 p.m. each day. Gluten-free beer and vegetarian options will be available while supplies last.

ATMs: ATMs will be available onsite, but plan ahead! Bringing cash with you will cut down on the amount of time spent in line. Most vendors are cash only.

CHILDREN: The festival is all-ages; please bring the next gen of music lovers with you! Ages two and up require tickets.

HOTELS: Some hotels that we like include 21c Museum Hotel, the downtown Cincinnati Residence Inn and the Holiday Inn in Covington, Ky.. We also think Airbnb is pretty cool!

INFO CENTER: At all entrances, event staff will be standing by to answer your questions, offer high-fives and moral support if necessary. The onsite box office will also be a source to tap for questions and concerns.

PARKING: You’re smart! Plan ahead! There are numerous parking garages within a couple blocks of the festival site and along the streetcar route. Additionally, we suggest sharing a ride with a friend or utilizing services like Red Bike or the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

SECURITY: Safety is our absolute No. 1 priority. We have public safety and medical staff on hand. We want everyone to have as much fun as possible within the civic code: Don’t be a jerk to festivalgoers, don’t be a jerk to our staff and don’t attempt to inflict harm on yourself or anyone else. It will get shut down swiftly and justly.

SERVICE ANIMALS: Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their service dogs in all accessible areas. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Only service animals of the dog variety are allowed. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals, either.

STREET CLOSURES: The southern most lane of 5th Street in between Sycamore and Broadway will be closed to accommodate vendors.

ACCESSIBILITY: We are dedicated to making sure MidPoint is accessible to all. This year, the festival is centralized to a location with all stages within one block of each other. Accessible entrance points and restrooms, paved surfaces and friendly staff willing to lend a hand will contribute to ease of access for all. Please note, the Taft Theatre and Masonic Lodge are historic buildings, built before the time of elevators. Anyone needing assistance in these buildings should alert staff, who will be standing by, happy and willing to assist. Have concerns or questions? Let us know! Email us at [email protected].

WEATHER: All MPMF performances are now indoors.

WRIST BANDS: Tickets will be swapped for wristbands at the gates.

BROKEN/LOST WRISTBANDS: If you break your wristband and present it to the onsite box office, they will give you a new wristband and take the broken wristband. If you lose your wristband, they cannot be replaced. No two-day or VIP passes will be sold to replace lost wristbands.

REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES: All ticket sales are final. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed after a ticket is purchased. Can’t make it? Give your ticket to a friend as a gift for being so great.


One sealed 20-ounce bottle of water and empty plastic bottles and camel backs are allowed. 

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia
  • Aerosol (spray) sun screen or aerosol can of any kind
  • Framed or large backpacks, oversized bags
  • Selfie sticks, monopods, tripods
  • Long lens or detachable lens cameras
  • Chairs
  • Alcohol from outside the festival site
  • Glass containers
  • Food or beverages from outside the festival site
  • Coolers
  • Skateboards, inline skates, bicycles, carts, Segways, scooters or personal motorized vehicles
  • Large chain or spiked jewelry or clothing
  • Hula hoops
  • Musical instruments
  • Inflatables
  • Stickers
  • Flyers
  • CDs
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Laser pointers
  • Umbrellas
  • Tents
  • Pets (except for service dogs)
  • Video equipment
  • Drones
  • Professional still cameras and equipment
  • Audio recording equipment
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