Published Dec 17, 2014Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has confirmed that the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will be taking place in 2015, and he's enlisted the National's Aaron Dessner to help him organize it.
Back in October, copies of a festival proposal surfaced online, revealing Vernon's plans to host a weekend-long event in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. The singer-songwriter has now officially announced the festival, which is scheduled for July 17 to 18.
Vernon offered the following statement on the upcoming festival:
After several years of touring and playing music festivals of all different types around the world, I wanted to put together an event that would honor what we love about this place — including an independent attitude and blaze orange caps — but also shine a light on less familiar and surprising elements that are already weaving themselves into our future.
Having this festival right in my backyard gives me and the guest artists a chance to share familiar work and new creations in a setting close to my heart and different than any other stage in the world. To create this event within view of the Chippewa River — the very river that defines this place — makes it all the more meaningful.
We're fortunate, because the Chippewa Valley already has a history of great music festivals. Everyone — the city, the county, and the Country Jam folks—has been very supportive. They're helping us take it beyond music into a celebration of film, art, and things still in the works … just walking around the place is going to be an experience.
Dessner, who will co-curate the lineup with Vernon, said:
Justin and I have been friends and collaborators for years. Working together to create and curate Eaux Claires is something we've been talking about for a long time. To finally see it come together, and to imagine the music, art and community the festival will bring together, is very exciting.
A lineup announcement is expected early next year, though pre-sale tickets will be available tomorrow (December 18). Regular two day passes will run you $100, while the enhanced pass costs $200 but gets you "full access to both days of Eaux Claires, unlimited premium beer and soft drinks on festival grounds during show hours, custom keepsake mug" and more perks to be announced. Get more information here.