80/35 Music Festival returns to Des Moines


Nicole Wiegand/Iowa State Daily

Members of the crowd cheer after a Christopher the Conquered song at the main stage of the 2012 80/35 Music Festival in downtown Des Moines. Despite afternoon temperatures reaching into the 100’s, the main stage area was consistently filled with fans.

Maggie Mcginity

80/35, Des Moines’ annual music festival, kicks off at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 5, 2013, in West Gateway Park in Des Moines. The two-day festival features headliner David Byrne & St. Vincent on Friday and headliner Wu-Tang Clan on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Those interested in getting even more out of the festival can download the free 80/35 2013 app, available for iOS and Android, to check out the full line-up, get updates from all three 80/35 stages, and create a customized schedule featuring your favorite 80/35 performers. The app also includes bios, videos, and other info for all the bands.

Regular tickets are available for $39 for either Friday or Saturday and $65 for both days. Tickets can be purchased online or at Zzz Records, 2200 Ingersoll Ave with no service fees.

Ticket purchases at Zzz Records are cash only. Tickets are also available the day of at the gate for $45 for one day and $80 for both days.

Children under age 11 are allowed in for free if accompanied by an adult. Early bird, advance, and VIP tickets are already sold out.

However, 80/35 is throwing a “battle with the beatbots” scavenger hunt competition for a chance to win VIP ticket’s to this year’s 80/35. VIP passes include access to special viewing and seating areas, 3 drinks tickets per day, and access to first-class restrooms. Teams of 1-2 people can text the word “Overlord” to “[72466]” to begin the scavenger hunt.

Many hotels in the Des Moines area offer special 80/35 rates for festival lodging. These include Hotel Fort Des Moines, Marriott Downtown, Renaissance Savery, Fairfield Inn Airport and the Holiday Inn at the Des Moines Airport.

Camping is also available at Yellow Banks Park and the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds.

According to 80/35’s official website, this year’s festival “promises to be a logically funky, aurally superior robot dance party.”