Midpoint Music Festival has developed a reputation as the place to discover contemporary music, find the next big thing and meet your new favorite band. Since 2001, our endeavor has been to embrace today’s emerging artists, all with the same spirit employed by Cincinnati’s celebrated musical pioneers, who always reached for something new.
Each fall, the streets of Cincinnati become a music lover’s paradise. This year, the festival is centralized to a location with all stages within the same block in downtown Cincinnati. This collection of young creative talent among an architecturally rich urban setting makes MidPoint a one-of-a-kind experience.
Showcased performers year after year are those buzzed about in critics’ year-end lists for “Best Album” or “Best New Artist” in publications like Spin, Fader, Pitchfork, NME, Filter and Rolling Stone.
Past performers include Band of Horses, Reggie Watts, Bob Mould, Kamasi Washington, Chromeo, The Afghan Whigs, OK Go, The Head and The Heart, The Breeders, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Real Estate, Tycho, The Raveonettes, Panda Bear, Rubblebucket, Kurt Vile, Kishi Bashi, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Speedy Ortiz, Lost in the Trees, Deaf Heaven, Best Coast, The Walkmen, Dinosaur Jr., Tom Tom Club, Ralph Stanley, Andrew Bird, Cut Copy, The Joy Formidable, Okkervil River, Booker T. Jones, Phantogram, Surfer Blood, Caribou, TEEN, Lord Huron, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cults, Lydia Loveless and Heartless Bastards.
Attendance has grown with the buzz of these bands, jumping from 13,500 in 2008 to around 30,000 today. Bands like to play here to reach new fans. Fans like discovering something they’ve not heard before. It’s a win-win!
We love Cincinnati and the music scene here. We hope you enjoy experiencing all of the showcased talent, both local or otherwise. Read the official MPMF Guide page by page here, and click through its contents below.