Midpoint Music Fest

Shawn Braley
It’s that time of year again. Oh, autumn. Where the leaves change, the air grows crisp and cool, and Cincinnati comes together for the amazing Midpoint Music Festival. What is this Midpoint Music Festival? Well, self, I am so glad you asked. It is Cincinnati’s biggest independent music festival, featuring artists like Best Coast; Ted Leo and The Pharmacists; Justin Townes Earle; and Caribou. The festival also has some of Cincinnati’s best bands like Pomegranates; Bad Veins; You, You’re Awesome; Magnolia Mountain and The Seedy Seeds. The festival goes from September 23rd-25th from 9pm-1am each day.

Midpoint features all 250-ish bands at 25 various venues throughout the city. This might seem like too big of a number, and it’d be impossible to get across town when you want to see another band, but thanks to Cincinnati’s smaller size and Midpoint’s deal with Metro where all festivalgoers can get a free ride to another venue. Just look for the specific markers placed throughout the city, near the venues.

The best way to go ticket-wise is buying a 3-day pass, but those are no longer on sale after September 21st. at 5 PM. Here’s what Midpoint has to say about this pass:

“A $39 3-day pass permits admission into all of MidPoint’s 250+ showcases in three districts (Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) over three nights on 25 stages. The pass also provides FREE shuttle ride access on Metro’s MidPoint Transit. Only 3-day pass holders will be allowed into see the Secret Show on September 24. Admission is subject to legal venue capacity.”

The other option is paying to get into individual showcases, which ranges from 10-15 dollars per venue. You can also see bands for free on Fountain Square and at The Artist Clubhouse at Neon’s Presented by Gold Star Chili all weekend.

If you’re hoping to buy tickets, but have no idea where to go, you can either visit mpmf.com and buy them online or go to www.mpmf.com/tickets/retail_locations for a listing of all the places you can get your Midpoint tickets at.

Some more exciting news, and something totally new for the festival is “this is the first year for the MidPoint Poster Expo featuring some of the top concert poster artists from the region. All hand made, silk screened, limited edition runs that collectors love. All for big name music acts. The Expo is free and in the lower level of Know Theatre.” So anyone wanting to become a part of the festival themselves can totally join in on that.

The only problem with a festival like this is there are so many good bands and not enough time to see them all. I know I’m already bemoaning the fact that I must miss some great ones simply because they play at the same time as someone who I more want to see. It’s the dilemma of any festivalgoer. You should make it your dilemma this year at Midpoint.