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By Jill Haverkamp

80/35 First Lineup Announcement

 The ninth annual 80/35 music festival in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, 2016, releases 30 acts slotted to perform, including headliners Nas and The Decemberists. Additional bands will be announced in May to complete the nearly 50-act, three-stage lineup.

New York hip-hop legend Nas and indie folk veterans The Decemberists will headline. The 2016 festival also features electronic jam band Lotus, recently reunited Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade and Atlanta punk rockers The Black Lips. Eclectic San Francisco pop group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down; Minneapolis queen of pop and hip-hop Lizzo; The Jeff Austin Band, featuring the former Yonder Mountain String Band leader; and the poetic storyteller of The Hold Steady, Craig Finn, round out top of the bill.

More than 30,000 people will gather in the heart of downtown Des Moines to experience two full days of music with nearly 50 acts on three stages. Fans can also enjoy the Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Lounge —the only place to feature many delicious Lagunitas beers — plus an assortment of mixed drinks and wine. Attendees can purchase a Lounge wristband for $15.

Advance two-day tickets are on sale now for $65 and one-day tickets for $42 at midwestix.comVIP tickets are sold out. Day-of tickets will sell for $90 for a two-day and $50 for a one-day.

Friday, July 8



Wolf Parade

Craig Finn

Holy White Hounds

The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins



Courtney Krause

The Smoothsayers

Saturday, July 9

The Decemberists

The Black Lips

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down


Jeff Austin Band

Colleen Green

Green Death

Vic Spencer

Mikel Wright & The Wrongs







The Dead Line String Band


The Cardinal Sound

Easy Fruit


Odd Pets

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ABOUT 80/35

The ninth annual 80/35 will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, 2016, at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The indie and jam music festival will feature nearly 50 acts on three stages. 80/35 draws more than 30,000 people every year and is organized by the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC), a non-profit movement committed to building a stronger and more diverse live music economy.

80/35 is made possible through support by volunteers, donors, and our generous sponsors, including Lagunitas Brewing Co., Coors Light, Hy-Vee, Kum & Go, Nationwide, Wells Fargo, Jasper Winery, Iowa Public Radio, Saturday Mfg., On Pitch, Volunteer Local, Click!, Eleven Bulls.


The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is a non-profit organization and collaborative movement of musicians, promoters, venues, businesses, community leaders and live music fans who are committed to building a stronger and more diverse live music economy in Greater Des Moines. http://desmoinesmc.com