Taking place at Detroit’s West Riverfront Park between July 27 and 28, Mo Pop Festival attendees will have the chance to see some of the biggest names in the indie and pop music industry. Boasting 10 hours of non-stop music both days, the weekend event will have two stages that will host performances by Australian psychedelia group Tame Impala, whose produced hits like “The Less I Know The Better” and “Let It Happen;” “A Punk” singers, baroque pop band Vampire Weekend; and British R&B artist and poet Ella Mai, just to name a few. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m on March 8.
The first headliner to perform at the festival is Detroit-born hip-hop singer Lizzo, also a mean flute player, who will undoubtedly perform her female empowering and body-accepting singles “Juice” and “Boys,” along with songs from her new album, Cuz I Love You, which is to be released this April. Prior to her performance, you can expect to hear Brooklynite King Princess, the female vocalist behind radio-hit “1950,” belt out her three singles and songs from her 2018 EP, Make My Bed. Rapper J.I.D, a member of the prominent Atlanta hip-hop collective Spillage Village (which includes other rappers Hollywood JB and Jordxn Bryant), will pump up crowds with his fast-tempo tracks from his sophomore 2018 album, DiCaprio 2 before Lizzo makes her way on stage.
Nineteen-year-old solo guitarist and singer Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail, who produced her debut 2018 album Lush, which Rolling Stone called “the work of an indie-rock prodigy,” is also set to perform. Other notable acts for the first day of Mo Pop include pop-artist Alec Benjamin, alternative-indie singer Roy Blair, Memphis rock group The Band CAMINO, local pop singer Siena Liggins, and alternative band The Messenger Birds. Rock band Wallows of the drum-slamming heartfelt number “Pleaser” will perform after Vampire Weekend and close out the first day.
July 28 has just as impressive of a lineup, with Ella Mai, Tame Impala, and Kali Uchis serving as the day’s headliners. Uchis broke into the music scene in 2012 with her debut mixtape Drunken Babble, and later made her presence noticed with her first album, Por Vida, in 2015. She released her sophomore record, Isolation, in 2018 which the Guardian, Billboard, Dazed, Spin, NPR, and Pitchfork named as of the best albums of the year. Pop-punk group The Story So Far, hip-hop artist NoName, indie-rock artist Yellow Days, folk band Caamp, math rock group Tiny Moving Parts, indie groups Goth Babe and Craig Brown Band, and alternative band The Doozers will fill in the schedule’s agenda for the last of the event.
There’s more than just music to Mo Pop, as a number of activities will be taking place on the festival grounds. Mo Pop’s Shipyard will serve food from some of Detroit’s best restaurants, while the highly popular food truck alley will make a return so foodies can enjoy a diverse selection of Michigan’s finest mobile eateries. Attendees can also shop at the craft bazaar, which will offer an assortment of handmade goods from a dozen local, talented crafts people curated by Handmade Detroit. The Mo Pop arcade will offer festival-goers the chance to play the best vintage video games, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned tent. The two-day extravaganza ends with Mo Pop’s Haute to Death & Friends banger, which brings Detroit’s most stylish together for an expressive dance party. Ticket prices start at $75 for a single day pass.
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