The 80/35 Music Festival returns to Des Moines. Here’s what you need to know

After two years of absence, the 80/35 Music FestivalI return to Des Moines this weekend with an impressive number of artists rounding out the lineup.

The two-day music festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a performance by Guided By Voices on the Hy-Vee Main Stage. The final act of the weekend, Charli XCX, is set to close the festival at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is the first performance in Iowa for Charli XCX, same for Haiku Hands,” said Mickey Davis, executive director of the Des Moines Music Coalition, who took office at the end of last year. “This is the first performance in Des Moines, I think, for Father John Misty and Japanese Breakfast.”

According to Davis, this year’s event is not only bigger than the last time the festival was held in 2019 – with more than 50 bands this year – but also has more free performances for attendees.

“!!! (Chk, Chk, Chk) and MonoNeon — they’re both going to put on really fun, high-energy shows,” Davis said, alluding to two of the performances scheduled to close out the Kum & Go stage nights. respective. “Both are going to be jaw-dropping performances.”

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Because of these free shows, the wide range of genres, and the centrality of Western Gateway Park, Davis hopes everyone can find a reason to get out and enjoy the event.

This fun will be made easier with multiple transportation options. The event offers secure valet parking for bikes through DSM Street Collective and DART Route 60 is expected to extend service until midnight July 8-9 with a designated festival pick-up location at the corner of 10th and High Streets. .

“I really want to point out that there is so much of this festival that is accessible – even people who might not consider themselves the 80/35 type of festival will enjoy it,” he said. “We really want to make it a festival for everyone and bring in people who love live music and maybe don’t see themselves in the festival environment.

Here’s everything you need to know about the shows at this year’s 80/35 Music Festival. Tickets for the event are on sale now with one-day passes starting at $55 and two-day general admission priced at $95 via

Friday July 8

Guided by voices

Hy-Vee Main Stage (with ticket)

Between Grand Avenue and Locust Street on 13th Street

5 p.m.Guided by voices begins the festival on the main Hy-Vee stage. The indie rock band hails from Ohio and has produced songs like “Game Of Pricks” and “I Am a Scientist” over nearly four decades of music making. The band’s latest album, “Tremblors and Glasses by Rank” was released earlier this year.

7 p.m.The Grammy nominee indie-pop group Japanese Breakfast is the next to take the stage. The decade-old band released hits like “Boyish” and “Be Sweet.” The band also provided music for the independent video game “Sable”, released at the end of last yearfeaturing a track called “Better the Mask”, which singer Michelle Zauner said was one of her favorite songs she ever wrote in an interview with Slate. Last year also marked the release of the band’s third studio album, “Jubilee.”

9:15 p.m.Grammy winner existentialist folk-rock artist Father John Misty arrives to close Friday. Perhaps best known for his album ‘I Love You, Honeybear’, he was responsible for songs like ‘Real Love Baby’ and ‘Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)’. Her latest album, “Chloë and the Next 20th Century,” was released earlier this year.

Father John Misty's Josh Tillman will perform at 80/35 this weekend.

Kum & Go Stage (Free)

Between Locust and Walnut Streets on 10th Street

  • 5:15 p.m. – Away, outlier
  • 6:00 p.m. – Meet me at the altar
  • 7 p.m. — Pachyman
  • 8:15 p.m. — !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk)

Bravo Scene (Free)

Between Locust and Walnut Streets on 13th Street

  • 5 p.m. — Hollow of the Stars
  • 5:45 p.m. — Quai Juliano
  • 6:30 p.m. — Pictoria Vark
  • 7:15 p.m. — Trevor Sensor
  • 8:15 p.m. — Maddie Poppe

Local Emerging Artists 5 (Free)

On Locust Street in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park

  • 4:30 p.m. — DMMC Summer Camp
  • 6:15 p.m. – 28 days later
  • 8:15 p.m. — The Crust Band

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Saturday July 9

Billy Weathers, musician and founder of the B. Well Foundation, works in his studio in Des Moines.

Hy-Vee Main Stage (with ticket)

Between Grand Avenue and Locust Street on 13th Street

Midday – The main stage shows of the day kick off locally hip hop artist B. Well, the stage name of Des Moines musical artist Billy Weathers. The creator of the B. Well Foundation – which supports after-school programs for children – open for famous hip-hop artist Nelly at Horizon Events Center last year.

1:30 p.m. Follow B. Well is Miloe, an indie-pop artist with a focus on lush soundscapes. His single “Floating” was released earlier this year.

3:15 p.m. alternative rock band The body of envy is next on the schedule. The Ames-based band released songs like “Story Problem” and “Make It Stop.” The band released their last album, “Born in Fog” in May.

5 p.m. — Originally from Chicago, singer-songwriter Jamila Woods will come at 80/35 to perform on the Hy-Vee main stage as well. Woods is known for songs like “Giovanni” and “Holy.” She lent her voice to’s “Aimless EP”. She also collaborated with the aforementioned Miloe on the single “Winona.”

7 p.m. – The indie-pop group Future Islands – known for songs like “Black Out Days – Future Islands Remix” made with Phantogram and “Seasons (Waiting on You)” – plays the penultimate performance on the main stage for the night. The band released their single “King of Sweden” earlier this year.

Charlie XCX

9:15 p.m.Grammy nominated British pop singer Charlie XCXwhich released hits such as “Boom Clap” and “Beg for You”, brings the festival to a close on Saturday night. Her latest album, “Crash,” was released in March and, according to Davis, the performance marks her first Iowa appearance.

Kum & Go Stage (Free)

Between Locust and Walnut Streets on 10th Street

  • 12:15 p.m. — Naethan Apollon
  • 1:00 p.m. — Greg Wheeler
  • 2 p.m.—James Tutson
  • 3 p.m. — Nickname
  • 4:15 p.m. — Evann McIntosh
  • 5:15 p.m. — Geese
  • 6:15 p.m. — Hands of Haiku
  • 7:15 p.m. — Blackstarkids
  • 8:15 p.m. — MonoNeon

Bravo Scene (Free)

Between Locust and Walnut Streets on 13th Street

  • Noon — NOLA Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m. — Colo Chanel
  • 1:45 p.m. — Dosage
  • 2:30 p.m. — Anthony Worden
  • 3:15 p.m.—Alyx Rush
  • 4 p.m. — Widow7
  • 4:45 p.m. — Avey Grouws Band
  • 5:45 p.m. – Mike Valley and the Complete Disaster
  • 6:45 p.m. — Solid Sound Diplomats
  • 8 p.m. — Sold out

Local Emerging Artists 5 (Free)

On Locust Street in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park

  • 1 p.m. — Dirty Blonde
  • 2:30 p.m. — Quinn Trilk
  • 2:50 p.m. — Wait, what?
  • 4:15 p.m. — The girls are rocking! monks
  • 6:15 p.m. — Kelsie James
  • 8:15 p.m. — Plumero

Street closures for 80/35

To accommodate the festival, street closures will take place around Western Gateway Park where the festival takes place. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Des Moines Music Coalition, these closures will be as follows.

Closing from 7 a.m. on Wednesday July 6 to 10 p.m. on Sunday July 10:

  • 12th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust Street

Closing from 7 a.m. on Thursday July 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday July 10:

  • Locust Street between 10th and 15th Street
  • 13th Street between Grand Avenue and Walnut Street
  • 12th Street between Grand Avenue and Walnut Street
  • 10th Street between Locust Street and Walnut Street

Closing from 5 a.m. on Friday July 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday July 10:

  • One lane of Grand Avenue between 11th and 13th streets

Grand Avenue will remain open to westbound traffic. Walnut Street will also remain open as a detour for all eastbound traffic diverted from Locust Street.

Festival parking is available at the National Parking Garage, located at 12th and Walnut streets with street parking also available in the surrounding area.

Food and drink vendors at 80/35

  • Bearded jackal street food
  • Candy Dream Cotton Candy
  • Comfort Concessions
  • Curious
  • Gwennies Jamaican Jerk Chicken
  • Hardenbrook Concessions
  • J&S Pineapple Xpress
  • Karam grill
  • Central Iowa Kona Ice
  • Off the hot plate
  • Panka Peruvian Restaurant
  • Quang Noodle
  • Say “cheese
  • BBQ Smokin R
  • street sweets
  • Taqueria 3 Hermanos
  • The outside scoop
  • Upper bun
  • Wingz on wheels
  • WookieDogs

Children’s area at 80/35

Even the kids can find something to do at 80/35. This year, from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 1-7 p.m. Saturday, kids can participate in free activities like arts and crafts, face painting, hula hoop and more. Find it at 13th Street and Grand Avenue.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Join it at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.