Bummer at Field Day Fest / Photo by Fally Afani
Bummer at Field Day Fest / Photo by Fally Afani
If you were wondering what the best time of the year was for local music in Lawrence, it’s going to be July 13-15.

That’s when more than 100 bands from Lawrence, Kansas City, Topeka, and the surrounding regions will descend upon Downtown Lawrence for Field Day Fest. This is the sixth year for the hyper-local event, which just announced the first round of their lineup this week (you can see the bands below).

The festival holds more weight this year, considering an absence of Lawrence bands (and any other acts that reside West of Lawrence) on festival stages in Kansas City. There aren’t too many opportunities to see bands in a festival setting in Lawrence, other than the occasional outdoor stage on a Friday night. But Field Day Fest will have music lovers covered with a diverse and exciting lineup.

Lincoln Marshall / Photo by Fally Afani
Lincoln Marshall at Field Day Fest / Photo by Fally Afani
One of the highlights of last year’s festival was the presence of thrilling and well-planned showcases. Both High Dive Records and Datura (Approach’s label) put out stellar and unforgettable lineups at the Replay and Jackpot. This year’s festival added more showcases and stages (details on those to emerge later), and you can expect bigger stages and bigger acts, such as The Phantastics, and Republic Tigers’ Kenn Jankowski’s side project, Jaenki. The Lawrence staples, such as Arc Flash, Heidi Gluck, and Gnarly Davidson, will also be rocking the stages this year.

Here is the first round of the lineup announcement (with more to come soon):

The Phantastics
Gringo Star
Gnarly Davidson
Arc Flash
Lincoln Marshall
Psychic Heat
Heidi Lynne Gluck and the Pony Show
Condor & Jaybird
Stik Figa
Tire Fire
CS Luxem
Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk
Left E. Grove
Iron Guts Kelly
Jon Harrison and the Harrisonics
Jade Archetype
Pale Tongue
Chris Meck and The Guilty Birds
Maybe Not
(the)medicine theory
The Havok on Polaris
Wendy Moira
Momma’s Boy
Wild Eye



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.


  • David Childers, July 11, 2017 @ 9:31 am

    So how does this work?
    Is there a wristband to purchase that allows access to the venues?
    Or do we pay a cover at each venue?

    • Quinton McPanda, July 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am

      There is a wristband available for $15 that will grant unlimited access to all of the shows this year. Venues will also be charging a cover for patrons without a wristband who just want to see the one show. Covers will vary by location, either $5, $3, or, in a few cases, free.

      Wristbands can be purchased at Love Garden Sounds in the days leading up to the festival, or at the door of the individual shows.

      • David Childers, July 11, 2017 @ 10:39 am

        That’s excellent! Thank you VERY much!

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