2nd Annual Eaux Claires Music Festival announces its lineup and Single-Day passes are now available for purchase. The 2nd annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival returns August 12th & 13th with a 55-act lineup that is once again hand-selected by Eau Claire native and Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National.

Eaux Claires Music Festival

Single-Day passes go on sale tomorrow

June 30th at 10am CST at www.eauxclaires.com

Bringing a range of artistic talent to Chippewa Valley, Eaux Claires promises music festival-goers an immersive experience and delivers an exciting amount of new music.

Grammy award-winning band Bon Iver will debut a set of new music in its Friday night performance. Joining them on the Friday bill are James Blake, Vince Staples, Phosphorescent, yMusic with The Staves, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing Hornsby’s legendary album, “The Way It Is,” and many more.

Saturday’s lineup will include the first and only scheduled performance of Day Of The Dead featuring an all-star cast of 11 different vocalists and musicians from the new Grateful Dead celebration album curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner. There will also be performances by Erykah Badu, Beach House, Lucius, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Mavis Staples.

Richard Reed Parry will perform new songs from his forthcoming debut album, “Quiet River of Dust,” and Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner will debut their new album, “At Swim,” out on August 19th. Also of note, there will be a collaborative performance by So Percussion and Shara Nova, and eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner & Bonnie “Prince” Billy will perform unreleased murder ballads and fiddle tunes.

Eaux Claires Music Festival is held on the picturesque, 60-acre Foster Farm, alongside the banks of the Chippewa River. Under the direction of festival Creative Director Michael Brown (a longtime collaborator of Vernon and Dessner who also serves as the Production Designer for Bon Iver and The National), the grounds themselves become a source of artistic discovery and spontaneity. In addition to new mixed media and interactive installations, festival attendees can expect alternative environments that refashion the boundaries between audience and artist with performances taking place across five stages as well as unexpected venues throughout the grounds.

This year’s AUX CLAIRES MUSIC FESTIVAL also expands its arts emphasis with more sculpture, fine arts, and literary elements. Attendees will find significantly enhanced food and beverage offerings as well, including over 30 local and regional food and beverage vendors.

Gourmet Food Carts from Madison, WI will be on site, as will all-star Food Trucks from the Twin Cities and nearly a dozen beer options, including Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Lagunitas and local Eau Claire brewery The Brewing Projekt. There will also be a custom Eaux Claires Pale Ale available from renowned Danish brewer Mikkeller called Eaux Henry! Eaux Sally!


The day-by-day lineup for Eaux Claires is as follows. *Artists are subject to change. The performance schedule for each day will be announced at a later date.

Friday, August 12
Andrew Fitzpatrick
Bon Iver
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing “The Way It Is”
Cornelius performing “Fantasma”
eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Jacy Catlin
James Blake
Jon Hopkins
Kill The Vultures
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Little Scream
Midnite Express
My Brightest Diamond
Prinze George
Richard Reed Parry/ Quiet River of Dust
S. Carey
Sarah Neufeld
So Percussion
Taggart & Rosewood
The Staves and yMusic
Tickle Torture
Vince Staples

Saturday, August 13
Alpha Consumer
Beach House
Buke and Gase
Day Of The Dead
eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Erykah Badu
Francis and The Lights
Har Mar Superstar
Jacy Catlin
Jenny Lewis
Jon Mueller
Mavis Staples
Midnite Express
Moses Sumney
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Phil Cook’s “Southland Revue”
Sam Amidon
Shabazz Palaces
So Percussion
Thomas Wincek
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
William Tyler

Eaux Claires Music Festival TICKETS: Single-Day General Admission Passes are on sale for $90 (plus service fees) beginning tomorrow, June 30 at 10am CST. A limited number of Two-Day General Admission Passes are still available for $169. All tickets are available for purchase at www.eauxclaires.com. All Two-Day Enhanced Chippewa Passes are Sold Out.

Eaux Claires Music Festival CAMPING: Camping will once again be available at the recently expanded Whispering Pines & Fields Campgrounds. Passes are sold separately from all Admission Tickets and are available for purchase at www.eauxclaires.com. Camping sites sell for $165; $300 for oversized vehicles. Upon purchase, campers will also have the option to add tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs to their purchase. Complimentary shuttles to and from the festival grounds and downtown Eau Claire (Thursday night) will be available.

Eaux Claires Music Festival LODGING: Eaux Claires is once again working with University of Wisconsin Eau Claire to make hundreds of its dorm rooms available for festival attendees to reserve. Dorm rooms are available at reasonable rates starting at $84 and include complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the festival grounds. For more information and to reserve, visit www.eauxclaires.com. To learn more about area hotel options, Visit Eau Claire features several recommendations on its website here.


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