Bunbury announces festival lineup


The musical lineup for the Bunbury Music Festival was leaked one day earlier than expected on February 25th.  Bunbury, which was named by Forbes and USA Today as one of the best Summer music festivals in the nation, will take place here in Cincinnati on June 5, 6, and 7.

The headliners for the festival were announced as The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, and a surprise in legendary rapper Snoop Dogg.

Bunbury has traditionally been a majority of indie rock groups and the 2015 lineup sticks with that formula with headliners The Black Keys and The Avett Brothers.  Other bands like twenty one pilots and Cincinnati’s own Walk the Moon are fan favorites among the scheduled bands.

Snoop Dogg, making his first appearance at Bunbury, is a deviation from the usual brand of performer.  The decision to introduce a new brand of music into the festival seems welcomed by most attendees, but other criticize the move as wanting to go away from the normal small acts to more mainstream acts.  With many acts that fit the usual feel of the Festival, the Snoop Dogg addition does not seem to pose any threat to the festival’s traditional underground roots.

Senior Matt Olthaus, a Bunbury attendee for the past two years who intends to return this year for all three performing days, said, “I think the lineup is looking really good.  If I had to choose my favorite bands to look forward to this year, it would probably be The Black Keys, Walk the Moon, and twenty one pilots.”

Over 50 bands have already been announced and smaller, local acts will be introduced at a later date.

This will be the first Bunbury festival since the acquisition of the festival by PromoWest Productions, who also purchased Columbus’ Buckle Up Festival.  The new owners made a noticeable change with the festival moving up to take place in June instead of the usual July.  In an effort to produce a more “intimate concert experience”, the layout of the venue also has been changed.  In past years, Bunbury has had one main stage with five small stages.  This year Bunbury will have two main stage along with two side stages.

Tickets for the festival have already been on sale and some types have already sold out.  The festival is already looking to be a great success for Cincinnati.