It’s no secret that some of the most famous music in the world originated in Detroit, so when it comes to live music and festivals – we know a thing or two. This weekend, the city’s appreciation for various genres of music will be on full display, as Mo Pop returns to the West Riverfront, opening the ears of concertgoers to new music as well as some favorites.
With two packed days of music, hop from the Captain Pabst stage to the Grande Stage and listen to 22 amazing artists in Folk, Hip-Hop, Indie, and more. After the gates open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, head to the Captain Pabst Stage to hear Humons at 1:30 p.m. to officially kick off the festival. On Sunday, gates will open at the same time with Michigan natives, Heaters, hitting the stage.
Named after their fear of the ocean, Wavves will have you sweating from dancing into the late afternoon to their punk rock sound. Foster the People, the Indie rocker trio, will debut their melodic and atmospheric melodies from their new album, Sit Next to Me, released a week before their Detroit performance. With one of the best albums of 2016, Solange is a must see act. Her jazzy beats and choreography will have the audience in a trance. Closing the festival Sunday is Alt-J, the English Indie rockers, who will cool you off from two hot days with their latest Folk and dub-pop songs from their Relaxer album. For more information about set times and the lineup, visit the online schedule to help plan your day.
The festival will open their gates at 1:00 p.m. both days. To make traveling easier, the People Mover will be running from noon – 2:00 a.m. Riders can take this to the Joe Louis Arena stop and walk a mile west to the festival entrance. Biking is also an option with Detroit Bike offering free and secure parking. For those driving, parking is available for $25 per vehicle per day.
There will be water filling stations throughout the park to help attendees stay hydrated in the hot July sun. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to fill up at the water stations. Items, such as blankets, binoculars, and sunscreen in plastic containers are allowed. Chairs, umbrellas, selfies sticks and outside food/beverages are some of the prohibited items. Visit Mo Pop to get the full list of approved and prohibited items to make your festival experience as worry free as possible.
To keep you fueled, try different dishes from local Detroit food trucks such as Hero or Villain, Los Dos Amigos and The Mean Weenie. Cool down those taste buds with ice cream from Sweet Dreams and popsicles from the Detroit Pop Shop.
Head to the Shipyard for other food and drink options. Between sets, stop at Imperial or Slows. To wash down the delectable bites, Griffin Claw and Blake’s Hard Cider will have exclusive craft menus for the festival including Mo Pop’s first limited edition brew Festipale Ale and the seasonal debut of Black Phillip. With two days, you will have plenty of time to try some of Detroit’s best eats.
Clear your mind with a free yoga class hosted by Citizen Yoga. All experience levels are welcome for the classes on Saturday and Sunday from 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat and will be allowed one re-entry to return their mats to their car.
When you arrive at the festival head to the Artist Autograph tent to find the schedule of which artists will be signing through the day. The schedule will be posted the morning of each day.
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