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Smile! You're on camera. We walked around 80/35 on Saturday to catch some of the scene during the festival.

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In 2016, singer, rapper, and flute-playing pop sensation Lizzo performed on an 80/35 Music Festival free stage.

Jarin Hart, Amedeo Rossi's successor as Des Moines Music Coalition executive director, was there for her first 80/35 to see Lizzo perform. Three years later, Lizzo's album "Cuz I Love You" made her the highest streaming artist on Spotify, according to NPR.

"It was one of the most incredible experiences ever, so I always look forward to those moments at 80/35," Hart said.

This weekend is the 12th year for the festival. It will feature big names, including alt-rock staple Portugal. The Man — brought into the mainstream with "Feel it Still" — Elle King — whose single "Ex's & Oh's" topped charts in 2014 — and Grammy-nominated Liz Phair.

More: Festival opener Yungblud replaced by Des Moines band after tour bus breaks down

But event organizers say up-and-coming artists, like Lizzo was in 2016, make the lineup even more exciting.

"You look back over the years, and there are artists we've had on free stages early in the day that now, honestly, would be too expensive for us to book on our main stage," said Justin Schoen, a member of the DMMC. "So It's always nice to see artists before they get big at 80/35."

"As a community-supported and community-focused music festival, we're are out there to provide an experience that people come every year regardless of who the artists are," Schoen said. 

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New leadership, new layout

Besides the acts, a big headline for 80/35 2019 is the big changes to the festival layout that organizers say should help with sound and traffic flow.

The previously free Kum & Go stage will be inside the ticketed area to increase the value for ticket buyers.

The festival will be a little more compact this year to help downtown businesses and sponsors who face "festival fatigue" and endured two days of 80/35 blasting music in past years.

"We kind of reimagined things," Hart said.

The Nationwide Stage will move to the corner of 14th Street and Grand Avenue, and food, ticketing and other vendors start at 12th and Locust streets — two streets farther west than previous years. Rossi said the VIP area will be enhanced, as well.

Outside of festival layout, Hart is looking to incorporate more visual arts into the festival and encourage more sponsor presence at the event. 

Despite new leadership and some new additions, Schoen assured it's still "the same team and the grassroots effort" that has been working on the festival since its 2008 inception. 

MORE: How 80/35 headliner Elle King used music to help her mental health

Support of local music continues

Iowa artists remain a focal point of the festival.

Twenty-six of the bands come from Iowa, including Des Moines/Ames staple The Envy Corps, Iowa sludge metal outfit Druids, Des Moines hip-hop artist MarKaus and the next generation of Iowa musicians at the Gen Z Stage. 

Passes are still on sale: Cost is $90 for a two-day pass before fees, $50 before fees for a Friday-only pass and $60 before fees for a Saturday-only pass.

80/35 schedule

FRIDAY

Hy-Vee Main Stage 

5 p.m.:The Maytags (Stepping in for Yungblud, whose bus broke down)

7 p.m.: Metric

9:30 p.m.: Elle King

Kum & Go Stage

6 p.m.: Murder By Death

8:30 p.m.: Lissie

Nationwide Stage (free)

5 p.m.: Hex Girls

5:45 p.m.: Squirrel Flower

6:45 p.m.: MarKaus

8 p.m.: Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

9:30 p.m.: Closed Format presents Disco Demolition

Gen Z Showcase (free) 

4:30 p.m.: Jolie Seitz

6:15 p.m.: Plumero

8:15 p.m.: Queen Kenzie

IPR Live Sessions (free)

5 p.m.: Left is West

5:30 p.m.: Lissie

6 p.m.: Condor & Jaybird

6:30 p.m.: LAV.ISH 

7:15 p.m.: Squirrel Flower

8 p.m.: Younger

8:45 p.m.: The Other Brothers

SATURDAY

Hy-Vee Main Stage 

Noon: And The Kids

1:30 p.m.: XL (Sadat X & El Da Sensei) w/DJ Kaos

3:15 p.m.: Dessa

5 p.m.: Liz Phair

7 p.m.: MisterWives

9:15 p.m.: Portugal. The Man

Kum & Go Stage 

12:30 p.m.: Sidewalk Chalk

2:30 p.m.: Dressy Bessy

4:15 p.m.: The Harmaleighs

6 p.m.: The Beths

8:15 p.m.: Open Mike Eagle

Nationwide Stage (free)

Noon: Lady Revel

12:45 p.m.: Left is West

1:45 p.m.: Younger

2:45 p.m.: DICKIE

3:45 p.m.: The Other Brothers

4:45 p.m.: Crystal City

5:45 p.m.: Druids

6:45 p.m.: LAV.ISH

7:45 p.m.: The Envy Corps

9:30 p.m.: DJ Raj and Friends

Gen Z Showcase (free) 

11:30 a.m.: DMMC Summer Camps – Rock

1 p.m.: DMMC Summer Camps – Hip-Hop

2:30 p.m.: Girls Rock! DSM

4:15 p.m.: Greta & Adaline Akers

6:15 p.m.: EleanorGrace

8:15 p.m.: COLDSAINT

IPR Live Sessions (free)

12:45 p.m.: Ellisa Sun

1:30 p.m.: Crystal City

2:15 p.m.: Sidewalk Chalk

3 p.m.: And The Kids

3:45 p.m.: MarKaus

4:30 p.m.: Hex Girls

5:15 p.m.: Dressy Bessy

6 p.m.: DICKIE

6:45 p.m.: The Harmaleighs

7:30 p.m.: Dessa

8:15 p.m.: Surf Zombies

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