middle of the map festYou’re going to need to sit down for this one.
 
Middle of the Map Fest has announced the lineup for the local music festival’s second year; and before reading this, you should make sure there isn’t a drink in your mouth to spit out.
 
The festival is set to take place April 5-7. Organizers added more than 30 bands (topping more than 80 bands total), several stages, and extended the music extravaganza by a day (making it a three-day event).
 
 
 
 

Here’s a look at the lineup (all the clips are from shows we’ve documented):

 

Mission of Burma
 
Neon Indian
 
Fun
 
F***ed Up
 
Murder by Death
 

 
El Ten Eleven
 

 
White Denim
 
Deastro
 
Coalesce
 
Hooray for Earth
 
Acid Mothers
 
Temple
 
Casket Lottery
 

 
The Life and Times
 
Keep Shelly in Athens
 
Owen
 
Chad Valley
 
Jonquil
 
A Lull
 

 
Elite Gymnastics
 
Mr. Gnome
 
Gold Motel
 
Friends
 
Capybara
 

 
Cowboy Indian Bear
 

 
Soft Reeds
 
Molly McGuire
 
Reflector
 
Minus Story
 

 
The Esoteric
 
Season To Risk
 
Hospital Ships
 

 
Nerves Junior
 
Phantasmagoria
 
Broncho
 
Beacon
 
Ad Astra Arkestra
 
Thee Water MoccaSins
 
Deadringers
 
La Guerre
 

 
Motorboater
 
Everyday/Everynight
 
Maps For Travelers
 

 
Spirit Is The Spirit
 

 
Max Justus
 
Sam Billen
 

 
Believers
 
Akkilles
 
Beau Jennings
 
Christopher Paul Stelling,
 
Baby Teardrops
 
Saintseneca
 
Sleepy Kitty
 
Unicycle Loves You

 
The icing on the cake? The price barely went up. Tickets are $35. You’d be an idiot not to go.
 
In our opinion, festivals serve one purpose: to introduce you to live music while promoting the beauty and economy of your community. Last year, we were introduced to several local AND national acts that immediately converted us to lifelong fans. Middle of the Map expanded our musical horizons by a great deal, provided us with an emotional bonding experience (remember how the crowd fell silent and choked back tears when Daniel Johnston took the stage?), and helped us form strong bonds with our local venues and promoters.
 

 

Middle of the Map, 2011

It seems the festival’s organizers (I’m looking at you, Nathan Reusch) have really outdone themselves this year. We know it’s hard to top a unique experience such as the one Daniel Johnston provided us with, but it looks like there will be no shortage of magic moments for this year’s festival. They’ve thought of it all, including new local bands (La Guerre), established local bands (Cowboy Indian Bear, Capybara, Hospital Ships), and reuniting local bands (Reflector, Minus Story).
 
We’re also getting a hefty dose of the best new bands the nation has to offer (we’re EXTREMELY partial to Broncho and Hooray for Earth). Legendary bands (like Mission of Burma) are sure to leave us with jaw-dropping performances. We’re also happy to see bands who won our hearts last year return to the festival (A Lull, Casket Lottery).
 
We are unbelievably lucky to have an event like Middle of the Map. This beats the hell out of every festival across the nation. Why? Because it strengthens our community by putting local bands and venues in the same spotlight as some true legends. For that, we should be grateful.
 
Now hold onto your butts. It’s going to be a wild ride come that first weekend in April.
 

 
For more information on the festival, click here. It wouldn’t hurt to follow them on Twitter either (and while you’re at it, give us a follow as well).
 
See you at the festival!
 

Links:

 
2011 Middle of the Map Fest, Day 1 on I Heart Local Music
2011 Middle of the Map Fest, Day 1 Photo Gallery
2011 Middle of the Map Fest, Day 2 on I Heart Local Music
2011 Middle of the Map Fest, Day 2 Photo Gallery
Middle of the Map Fest official website
Middle of the Map Fest on Twitter
Middle of the Map Fest on Facebook