The Clifton Heights Music Festival, recently rebranded as The Heights, returns to Clifton April 6th and 7th with a lineup that boasts local acts like The Minor Leagues, Skeetones, State Song, Mad Anthony, Eclipse, The Kickaways, and Josh Eagle & The Harvest City. While Cincinnati-based festivals like Midpoint, Whispering Beard and the newly formed Bunbury blend national acts with support from regional and local bands, The Heights continues to showcase what our own city has to offer.
As the local music festival approaches its sixth birthday, founder Rome Ntukogu decided to change the name to The Heights in order to accommodate the festival’s future growth. As he told ENS in a recent phone interview,
“We’re looking to expand in October, so it’s time for us to grow. We wanted to rebrand in order to expand…outside of Clifton and in and around Clifton.” The festival reached over 10,000 attendees since 2010 and this year the festival will invite over 90 performances across five venues (Rohs Street Cafe, Baba Budan’s, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Christy’s Biergarten, and Roxx Electrocafe).
In addition to a growing attendance, the Heights can now add a special all ages day festival to its list of highlights. The day fest, which takes place from 3-7pm on Saturday, April 7th, was added to give something back to the next generation in Cincinnati, according to Ntukogu. The all ages day fest invites the younger crowd to check out some of the bands that would normally play at bars in the evening, including The Yugos, The Ridges, The Ohms, and Marmalade Brigade. In addition to the day festival, attendees can look forward to stand-up comedy and a mobile photo booth.
Advance tickets for the Heights festival are $5 per day or $10 for the weekend, and tickets for the day festival are $5.
Check back next week for Drunk Music Review’s top picks for The Heights when John and I discuss who we want to see, as well as which bands we think will probably sound way better when we’re drunk.
April 6 & 7, 2012
Rohs Street Cafe, Baba Budan’s, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Christy’s Biergarten, Roxx Electrocafe
21+ (Roxx and Rohs are all ages) / The Heights Day Fest: all ages at every venue
Tickets: 1 Day $5 adv ($8 door) / Weekend: $10 adv ($12 door) / Day Fest $5
Preview by Caitlin Behle, follow her on Twitter @cutelin