|CURATED BY JUSTIN VERNON AND AARON DESSNER,
THE FESTIVAL FEATURES BON IVER, THE NATIONAL,
BOYS NOIZE, DOOMTREE, SPOON, POLIÇA,
SUFJAN STEVENS, LOW, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH,
AND INDIGO GIRLS PERFORMING “SWAMP OPHELIA”
AMONG ITS 40 ACTS
TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
AT 12PM CST VIA WWW.EAUXCLAIRES.COM
February 11, 2015 – Eau Claire, WI – The inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announces its 2015 lineup today. Eaux Claires is curated by Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon as well as Aaron Dessner of The National. In addition to the 40 performances revealed today, the festival will place an emphasis on artistic collaboration across its lineup and redefining the format of audience to artist interaction within a performance environment. Vernon and Dessner will each be taking the stage as headliners – Vernon with his Grammy award-winning band Bon Iver, marking the band’s first performance since 2012, and Dessner with acclaimed rock group The National. Bon Iver and The National will perform alongside acts like Boys Noize, Doomtree, Spoon, Poliça, Sufjan Stevens, Low, The Tallest Man On Earth, and Indigo Girls – performing their classic “Swamp Ophelia.”
Eaux Claires, pronounced “o’clare,” is named after the original French spelling of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Eaux Claires will take place at Foster Farm, just outside of Eau Claire, this July 17th and 18th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday February 12, 2015 at 12pm CST at www.eauxclaires.com. For the announcement video please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJH1qOA3pQA
Bringing an astounding range of artistic talent to the fields of the Chippewa Valley, Eaux Claires promises festival-goers a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience. The 20-acre Foster Farm will offer a scenic and serene backdrop alongside the banks of Wisconsin’s Chippewa River. Performances will take place across three stages as well as unexpected venues throughout the grounds. Creative Director, Michael Brown, is curating the visual elements of the festival to include stage designs and installation art from local and nationally renowned designers and artists. An Eau Claire based multi-media artist himself, Brown is a Vernon and Dessner collaborator who serves as the Production Designer for both Bon Iver and The National as well as other artists in the festival lineup. With a large collection of visual and performing artists partnering over the weekend, fans can expect surprising collaborations across artistic mediums, and many other creative and experiential elements. The festival is also embracing the community’s strong farming history by focusing on locally sourced food and beverage.
“We at Eaux Claires have been driven by the idea that our festival would encourage music-genre-walls to melt away. That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing in the arms of our own Chippewa River Valley.” -Justin Vernon
Vernon and Dessner took care to book a stylistically and culturally diverse lineup that also shines a light on the wealth of local Midwestern talent. In addition to featuring Bon Iver’s first performance in three years and The National, whose recent tour has received rave reviews, fans will find highlights like North Carolina based dance-pop duo Sylvan Esso, five-time Grammy award-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama, Japanese noise artists Melt-Banana, Daptone Recording funk/soul artist Charles Bradley, Brooklyn based black metal artist Liturgy, the innovative Lafayette, Louisiana based indie artists Givers, and Kentucky Born country singer Sturgill Simpson. Representing a medley of Midwest talent, the festival will also feature Bon Iver’s magnetic drummer and vocalist S. Carey, who has Eau Claire roots, Milwaukee based folk artist Field Report, and PHOX, a Madison, Wisconsin band who will also premiere a documentary detailing the making of their debut album. From the Twin Cities area, Marijuana Deathsquads, an improvisational electronic act, will curate a late-night tent set featuring Minneapolis hip-hop artist, Lizzo, and other local Twin Cities talent. Doomtree, a Minneapolis hip hop collective, will also unite and perform among other artists.
Crash Line Productions, the team behind Boston Calling Music Festival, will be producing the festival.
Eaux Claires’s line-up, in alphabetical order, as of February 11, 2015 is as follows. The schedule for each day will be announced at a later date.
Blind Boys of Alabama
Francis and the Lights
Hiss Golden Messenger
Indigo Girls performing Swamp Ophelia
No BS! Brass Band
Retribution Gospel Choir
The Lone Bellow
The Tallest Man On Earth
Tickets: Two-Day General Admission and Two-Day Enhanced Chippewa Passes will become available tomorrow, Thursday February 12, 2015 at 12pm CST. Two-Day GA Passes are $135. Two-Day Enhanced Chippewa Passes are $250; they include unlimited, complimentary premium beer and soft drinks during show hours and a custom keepsake mug. Camping passes are sold separately from all Admission Tickets and also go on sale tomorrow with prices starting at $100.
For more details and up to date information about Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, please visit www.eauxclaires.com and follow the festival on social media: Twitter, @EauxClairesWi, Instagram @EauxClairesWi, and Facebook: /EauxClairesWi
Crash Line Productions is a Boston-based entertainment production company that owns and produces dozens of events each year. Formed in 2012 by Brian Appel and Mike Snow, Crash Line Productions continues to build its event platform around the semi-annual Boston Calling Music Festival, and now Eaux Claires.