Middle of the Map Fest just announced their lineup for 2015, and it’s a doozy.

The festival, brought to you be INK and The Record Machine, will be returning for the fifth time but aeaglt a slightly different date. This year, it will take place over several Kansas City venues, including the Uptown, during the last weekend of April. The festival will also see the return of venues ranging from Ernie Biggs to Riot Room, as well as the vibrant and incredibly fun outdoor stage that pops up for the occasion.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 22nd, with OK Go and The Republic Tigers at the Uptown. This is notable because this marks a reunion for Republic Tigers. We had an inkling something was on the horizon for this band after they played a surprise show at the Jackpot a little more than a year ago.

The festival continues at the Uptown on Thursday night with Iron & Wine, Strand of Oaks, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, and Sean Rowe.

From there on, the festival continues in its usual exciting fashion with more than 100 bands across Westport. It includes an exciting mix of touring acts familiar to the area, such as Murder By Death, Peelander-Z and William Elliott Whitmore, as well as regional favorites such as Skating Polly and Me Like Bees. Local acts will of course make up the majority of the bill, including Hembree, Heartfelt Anarchy, The Phantastics, Westerners, and more.

Ticket info is as follows:

$75 for a 4-day pass
$135 for a 4-day VIP pass (includes preferred viewing at the Uptown and Outdoor Stage, T-Shirt, and poster)

Like last year, Middle of the Map will also include a Film Fest April 8 – 12 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Kansas City. Speakers for the forum April 16th and 17th will be announced soon.

Here is the full lineup for Middle of the Map Fest:

Iron & Wine
Lord Huron
Peter Hook & The Light (A “Joy Division” Celebration performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer)
Murder By Death
Ben Kweller
Four Fists (P.O.S. & Astronautalis)
Magic Man
Knox Hamilton
William Elliott Whitmore
Strand of Oaks
The Slackers
Mickey Avalon
The Relationship (featuring Brian Bell of Weezer)
Leon Bridges
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear
The Republic Tigers
Ghastly Menace
The Noise FM
Spirit is the Spirit
La Guerre
Stolen Nations
Pianos Become The Teeth

Open Mike Eagle
Skating Polly
Sean Rowe
Loma Prieta
Katy Guillen & the Girls
Me Like Bees
Candy Claws ­
Sound of Ceres
Woody Pines
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Six Percent, Atlas
Yes You Are
Sie Lieben Maschinen
Billy Beale
Arc Flash
Spencer Mackenzie Brown
Tire Fire
Something and the Whatevers
The Sluts
Not A Planet
Heartfelt Anarchy
The Philistines
The Slowdown
Scruffy & the Janitors
Maps For Travelers
Josh Berwanger Band
Amanda Fish
Lauren Anderson Band
Jorge Arana Trio
Coyote Bill Boogie Band
My Oh My
Various Blonde
The Phantastics
The Thunderclaps
Admiral of the Red
El­ Rey­Tones
Kangaroo Knife Fight
The Souveneers
Anna Cole and the Other Lovers
A Light Within
D/WILL & Barrel Maker
Ebony Tusks
Pink Royal
The Abnorm
The Lucky
The Project H
Old Sound
She’s A Keeper
The Big Iron
Whiskey For The Lady
Good Time Charley
Connor Leimer
Gracie Schram
Hurley McGahan
Thom Hoskins
Damon Bailey
The Blackbird Revue
David George & a Crooked Mile
Twenty Thousand Strongmen
The Kansas City Bear Fighters
DJ Brooks Brown
DJ Timmy Tutone, Duncan Burnett
Dusty Rust
Jason Beers
Kasey Rausch w/ Chad Brothers
Max Justus
My Body Sings Electric
Poor Bishop Hooper
The Blue Boot Heelers
The Grisly Hand
The Hardship Letters

Additionally, I Heart Local Music is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting a showcase at Middle of the Map Fest. This year we’ll hold it on Saturday, April 25th, at the Riot Room. So if you’re looking for a very familiar Lawrence presence, dive into our lineup:

The Sluts
Spencer Mackenzie Brown
Tire Fire
Arc Flash
Something and the Whatevers

Of course, you can always check out all the info at http://middleofthemapfest.com/.

Words by Fally Afani, all photos by I Heart Local Music staff



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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