The free stage at the MidPoint Midway has grown a lot since it began. Originally a place mostly for second-play sets by artists already performing at the festival, for the past couple of years the Midway stage has featured some of MPMF’s bigger artists.
This year, the all-ages stage has one of its best lineups yet, kicking off around happy hour time (5 p.m.) so you’ll have a good excuse to leave work and get your MPMF experience started early. The music will also run later — until midnight on Friday and Saturday — to give MPMF attendees more options after checking out some of the other bigger shows of the fest.
Thanks to stage sponsor P&G, one of MPMF’s most anticipated bands, Real Estate, will play earlier than some of the other headliners and its show will be a total freebie (like all of the Midway shows — no tickets or passes are required). The band will go on right after great Cincinnati Indie rockers The Yugos’ 5 p.m. set. Top-notch acts Baby Bee, Knox Hamilton and Colony House follow Real Estate.
The Midway stage’s Thursday and Saturday lineups are also superb. Thursday, catch four of Cincinnati’s finest — Fairmount Girls (the only band to play all 13 MPMFs), Pike 27, Black Owls and Automagik — on the stage, as well as excellent Columbus, Ohio Indie Rock band Indigo Wild. Saturday’s Midway stage will have some acts noted for their great live shows — The Ready Stance, Bailiff, Alex G, Low Cut Connie and Magnolia Sons.