Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a. Bonnie Bear), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, go on sale at noon CST on Thursday, Dec. 18. The lineup will be released in early 2015.
Vernon, who is curating Eaux Claires with the National's Aaron Dessner, had some lengthy words to share in a release: "After several years of touring and playing music festivals of all different types around the world, I wanted to put together an event that would honor what we love about this place -- including an independent attitude and blaze orange caps -- but also shine a light on less familiar and surprising elements that are already weaving themselves into our future. Having this festival right in my backyard gives me and the guest artists a chance to share familiar work and new creations in a setting close to my heart and different than any other stage in the world. To create this event within view of the Chippewa River -- the very river that defines this place -- makes it all the more meaningful. We're fortunate because the Chippewa Valley already has a history of great music festivals. Everyone -- the city, the county, and the Country Jam folks -- has been very supportive. They're helping us take it beyond music and into a celebration of film, art, and things still in the works . . . just walking around the place is going to be an experience."