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What to Expect at Mo Pop 2018

Every summer, the Mo Pop music festival sets out to celebrate the culture of Detroit through food, crafts, games, and of course, music. This year is no different as headliners Bon Iver and The National draw in big crowds to the Detroit area. 

Scheduled for July 28 and 29, Mo Pop is once again bringing in artists that are completely new to the festival. Check out this year’s lineup below:

What makes this year so special is that it is Bon Iver’s first Michigan show in over a decade. 

“Bon Iver headlining Mo Pop for his first Michigan show in a decade is definitely a special one for all involved. We feel the 2018 lineup truly speaks to all followers of the event over the years and we’re proud to be able to use the platform each year to expose the city to so many blossoming artists. We’re six years in and haven’t repeated a band yet! I don’t think too many other festivals can say that.”

Says Jason Rogalewski, Co- Director for Mo Pop Festival.

The artists I’m most excited to see are Portugal. The Man, St. Vincent, Alvvays, Bon Iver, Highly Suspect and lovelytheband. They are all artists I have been a fan of for awhile, so it’s cool that I’ll be able to see all of them in the same weekend. At the same time, I hope to discover new artists when I’m there. Based on what I’ve heard from the official Mo Pop playlist, I plan on checking out the sets of The National, Vince Staples, S. Carey, and Dermot Kennedy.

Another thing that separates Mo Pop from other festivals is the way in which it celebrates Detroit culture by incorporating local craftspeople and vendors. Taking a stroll through the Food Truck Rally Alley or Craft Bazaar among other “Mo Villages” will serve as evidence of the uniqueness of Metro Detroit. On top of the 15+ food trucks and restaurant pop-ups, they also have a free arcade at the venue. 

Through and through, I’m expecting the 6th annual Mo Pop festival to be a fun-filled weekend. Getting to spend time with with friends, listen to awesome music, and celebrate the city I love will undoubtedly be something that I’ll cherish for years to come.

Cover Image Courtesy of Mo Pop Festival

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