Ah yes, the Midpoint Music Festival. A Cincinnati tradition, a legacy, but a festival that is not without its detractors at times as well. I took on the festival last year (sorta) and stand by that somewhat passionate post to this day.
This year however, things are changing, at least I hope so. When City Beat bought Midpoint out this spring, I was among many who had high hopes for this years festival, and still do.
After all, not only have I heard the rumors that this years festival will be taking place all over the Cincinnati area, and not just in OTR is interesting, and a good thing. Some will complain they cannot walk everywhere, well let them complain. If we get the use of Southgate House (the best venue around) then it is worth spreading things out in my opinion. And what we already DO know for sure, is that the headliners are already stronger than the previous two or three years combined. And kudos to the Midpoint talent bookers so far, who have obviously done their homework when it comes to knowing what bands do well in Cincinnati. Two huge examples are headlining this year in Mates Of State and Robert Pollard (along with his new band Boston Spaceships). If you have lived in Cincy for 5 minutes you know Pollard will draw. And based on the recent Southgate House show of Mates Of State, (along with Headlights, who are also playing Midpoint) was nearly full capacity.
Even the undercard is promising so far, with the likes of Ruckus Roboticus, Say Hi, The Swimmers & (gasp) a label showcase from the good folks at Lujo Records, the label that scooped up our beloved Pomegranates. In the past, even the mention of a label showcase was squashed quickly by the Midpoint folks.
So what do you think? Have you been a loyal Midpoint attendee for years, or have you become dissallusioned in recent years. If you have stopped going, will this fresh breath of air get you back on board? I would love to hear from some of you in the comments.
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