If you’ve ever dreamed of attending a famous music festival but have been held back by distance, cost or stress, it’s time for you to unleash your inner festivalgoer and experience chart-topping entertainment right from your backyard.
The Mo Pop Festival is back on July 27 and 28 for its seventh year in a row and is ready to transform Detroit’s West Riverfront Park into a 2-day festival experience featuring established and emerging artists, local Detroit cuisine and a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy.
Though it’s been compared to big music festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella and features headliners like Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend, Mo Pop is recognized as a smaller, more affordable festival option known for its community feel and boutique ambiance.
If this annual event sounds up your alley, check out the ultimate guide to Mo Pop 2019 to learn more about the summertime experience that draws up to 20,000 attendees to Detroit each year!
What To Expect
Whether you’re a Mo Pop veteran like me or you’re ready to give your first music festival a go, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your 2-day experience.
Passes can be purchased for $149.50 (2-day) and $95 (single day) plus added fees.
If you’re interested in getting a group together for the festival, a 2-day pack of four passes can be purchased for $549. Children ages 12 and under can enter for free with the purchase of an adult pass.
Hotel packages are also available for attendees to purchase.
To get your 2019 Mo Pop passes, click here.
Mo Pop is known for showcasing a variety of music from indie-rock to pop to hip-hop, and this year is no exception. The festival’s top headliners are Tame Impala, an Australian psychedelic rock band led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker and Vampire Weekend, an American indie-rock band from New York City that is dominating the music scene after several years on hiatus.
Mo Pop’s 22 act blend will also spotlight many female stars, including performances by 24-year-old Grammy winner Ella Mai, genre-defying singer-songwriter Kali Uchis, Detroit-born singer and rapper Lizzo and New York singer-songwriter and producer King Princess.
If these performers aren’t enough to excite you, the lineup will also feature Whitney, Wallows, Alec Benjamin, Snail Mail, The Band Camino and many more.
Local performers making their debut on the Mo Pop stage include Siena Liggins, Craig Brown Band, the Messenger Birds and The Doozers.
Each day, the first set will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the last set will start at 10:00 p.m., so check out the official Mo Pop 2019 schedule to see where and when each artist performs.
Thankfully, you won’t need to pick and choose between performances – the stages are aligned and the set lists are staggered. Feel free to wait in line and get to the front row of your favorite artist or pick one spot and stay there the whole night. The best part of the event is that you can watch both stages without physically moving!
Detroit’s West Riverfront Park is located at 1801 W. Jefferson between Rosa Parks Boulevard and the Joe Louis Arena.
General parking at the festival is $25 per day and premium parking is $40 per day. Parking passes can be purchased with your festival passes at checkout.
There is no overnight parking or camping on the festival grounds.
If you don’t want to pay for parking, take the People Mover for just 75 cents to the Joe Louis Arena stop, then walk a short mile west to the festival’s entrance. You’re also encouraged to ride your bicycle to Mo Pop. If you decide to bike to the event, Detroit Bikes will provide you with free and safe bicycle parking.
Food & Drink
Not only is Mo Pop famous for its beats, but it’s also famous for its eats (and drinks)! A variety of metro Detroit food trucks and restaurant pop-ups will feature a diverse menu that caters to all attendees, including vegans, vegetarians and other dietary needs.
The Food Truck Rally Alley will feature 21 different food trucks, including Island Noodles, Nosh Pit, Hero or Villain, Slows To Go, Treat Dreams and more!
The Shipyard will host restaurant pop-ups offering an enhanced eating and drinking experience for attendees. Restaurants bringing fine dining to the festival include Street Beet, Imperial, Antihero, Public House and HopCat.
The 2019 Mo Pop Festival is more than just a concert, it’s an experience. By having numerous activities for attendees to enjoy, there are so many ways festivalgoers can stay engaged with the event. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s festival:
- Mo Arcade – The Mo Arcade will take you back in time to an authentic arcade filled with classic games, contests, prizes, drinks and local DJs. The air-conditioned gaming tent is sponsored by Detroit’s Offworld Arcade and is a popular spot for festivalgoers to have fun and play free games.
- Craft Bazaar – The Craft Bazaar, curated by Handmade Detroit, is a space for attendees to walk through an artist market featuring handmade goods created by metro Detroit artists. The bazaar will feature work created by 25 artists, including White Owl Jewelry, Flint Candle Co., ArtShark, Vintageliz, Outer Spaceways Apparel and Gingerly Made.
- Haute to Death & Friends – Presented by Haute to Death, Haute to Death & Friends is known to be Detroit’s most stylish and expressive dance party.
- Mo Merch – Stop by the official festival merchandise tent to purchase swag from your favorite artist or something to rep the festival. Items typically sell out, so get your goodies while you can!
- Artist autographs – Stand in line to meet one of your favorite acts performing at Mo Pop! Autograph schedules will be released the morning of each day.
- Detroit Dart Club – Stop by the Detroit Dart Club Battlefield to play a dart blasters activity!
Gather a group, grab your tickets, plan your outfit and dance over to the 2019 Mo Pop Festival July 27 and 28! For more information, visit Mo Pop’s website.