Organizers revealed the lineup for the 2017 edition of Hinterland Music Festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 4 and 5 at the Avenue of the Saints Ampitheater in St. Charles, Ia. Wochit
Hinterland Music Festival plans to return to the rolling hills of rural St. Charles this August for two days of indie rock and pop, blues and Americana music. And now, months before a note of music is played, fans know which acts will be taking over the festival stage this summer.
Set to headline to the 2017 edition of the festival is acclaimed American songwriter Ryan Adams and award-winning British indie group alt-J.
Acts rounding out the bill include youthful bluesmaster Gary Clark Jr., indie folk act The Head and the Heart, country rock staple Dwight Yoakam and fan-favorite Americana songman Shakey Graves.
The camping-friendly festival is scheduled to take place Aug 4 and 5. Hinterland, now in its third year, drew an estimated 18,500 to the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles last year behind headlining acts Willie Nelson and Ray LaMontagne. The venue sits roughly 30 miles south of Des Moines in historic Madison County.
Headliner alt-J would be playing central Iowa for the first time, said Sam Summers, founder of Hinterland. Ryan Adams previously appeared in Ames at Stephens Auditorium in 2014. General admission two-day passes to Hinterland cost $95 and go on sale Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Summers said he began working on the 2017 lineup in September 2016 and had the goal of constructing a diverse lineup of artists who have and have not previously played the Des Moines area.
“I want to have a well-balanced festival that appeals to everyone,” Summers said.
The full lineup:
- Ryan Adams: The seven-time Grammy Award nominee is set to release his sixteenth studio album, “Prisoner,” on Feb. 17. Adams made international headlines in 2015 for his take on Taylor Swift’s “1989,” covering the album in whole. He’s known for tracks such as “Come Pick Me Up,” “When The Stars Go Blue” and “Gimme Something Good.”
- alt-J: Hailing from Leeds, England, alt-J gained international acclaim behind the group’s debut record, “An Awesome Wave.” Known for singles such as “Breezeblocks” and “Left Hand Free,” the group released its sophomore studio record, “This Is All Yours,” in 2014.
- Gary Clark Jr.: The Grammy Award-winning blues and soul songwriter plans to make his central Iowa debut at Hinterland. Known for his ability to seamlessly cross genres, Clark spent part of 2015 on tour with rock heavyweight Foo Fighters and has collaborated with acts like Alicia Keys and rapper Tech N9ne.
- The Head and the Heart: The Seattle-based folk group previously appeared in Des Moines at a Hoyt Sherman Place headlining gig. The band released its latest record, “Signs of Light,” last September.
- Dwight Yoakam: A country-rock troubadour, the Grammy, CMA and ACM award-winning Yoakam returns to Iowa after the 2016 release of “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars.” The record offers bluegrass renditions from Yoakam's multi-decade catalog.
- Shakey Graves: Known to some as “a gentleman from Texas,” Shakey Graves makes his Hinterland debut after the September 2016 release of the single “Tomorrow.” The booming and soulful songwriting of Graves sold out Wooly’s in Des Moines last summer.
- Foxygen: The throwback indie rock duo is set to play the festival after the release of “Hang,” the group’s fourth studio album.
- Nikki Lane: This acclaimed country songwriter is set to release her latest studio effort, “Highway Queen,” on Feb. 17. Lane received high praise for her 2014 release, “All Or Nothin’,” which Paste Magazine said “delivers no-nonsense reality.”
- JD McPherson: Previously appearing at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, McPherson is known for his brand of American blues and rockabilly.
- The Cactus Blossoms: Roots and traditional country duo from Minneapolis.
- Max Jury:The Des Moines-based singer-songwriter has shared the stage with acts such as Lana Del Rey and Rufus Wainwright. Jury released his self-titled debut album in 2016.
- Annalibera: A Des Moines-based project, fronted by Anna Gebhardt, that plans to release a new record and series of music videos in 2017.
Expanding in St. Charles
Additional camping plans to be available for 2017, Summers said. The festival hit camping capacity at roughly 3,000 campers in 2016 and hopes to expand to around 7,000 campers for this August. Additional RV spots also plan to be available. Camping passes start at $25 and go on sale Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.
One of Summers’ goal for 2017 is to provide important information to festival-goers as far in advance of the festival as possible. All tickets, parking and camping options go on sale at the same time, he said, so people can purchase each in one visit.
“We want to have more organization (with) camping,” Summers said. “We want people to be able to select in advance which lot they’re in and where they’re parking.”
In 2015, the festival’s first year, organizers made a last-minute move due to flooding from Water Works Park in Des Moines to the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater. The venue holds about 14,000 people. Teddi Yaeger, tourism coordinator and marketing manager for Madison County Chamber of Commerce, said she’s “very excited” to see Hinterland return to St. Charles.
Retail, tourism and restaurants all benefit from having the festival in the community, Yaeger said.
“We’re thrilled to have ‘em here because there’s so many things in Madison County that people are just kind of still finding out about,” Yaeger said.
Ticket prices start with the $95 two-day general admission pass, increasing to $259 for a two-day VIP pass. The VIP pass includes a designated viewing area, bar, lounge, five drink tickets, festival t-shirt and more. A $599 “Saints Pass” includes all the VIP perks, plus free drinks throughout the event, a reserved parking spot, a “prime location” camping area, early entry to festival grounds, a signed screenprinted poster and more.
Single-day tickets plan to go on sale in the future and kids age 12 and under get into Hinterland free.
Festival organizers plan to provide shuttle buses from Southridge Mall in Des Moines to Hinterland. An unlimited shuttle bus pass for the weekend costs $10 and can be purchased with tickets. Parking passes for parking spots near festival grounds will also be available to purchase with tickets and start at $15.
More information can be found at hinterlandiowa.com.