Your guide to 80/35 Music Festival 2012

Trevor Werner

Some of the hottest jam and indie artists in the country will take the stage in downtown Des Moines for the 80/35 Music Festival next month. We’ve got all you need to know right here in order to have a great weekend.

Time and location

80/35 will take place July 6 and 7 in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park, located at 12th and Locust. Doors open at 4 p.m. July 6 with the show at 5 p.m. On July 7, doors open at 11 a.m. with the show at noon.


You can purchase tickets for the show online at, or by calling 515-244-2771. Advance tickets cost $65 for the two-day passes and $39 for single-day passes. Purchasing tickets on the day of the show will raise the price to $45 dollars for one-day tickets. Children under 11 will be allowed in for free.

What to bring

After getting tickets, you should be aware of what you can or can’t bring to the festival.

Items that you are allowed to bring: blankets, small non-frame backpacks, one empty water bottle, one factory-sealed water bottle, a small snack, empty Camelback-style containers, personal pocket-size point-and-shoot cameras and disposable cameras.

Lawn chairs and umbrellas will be allowed, but only in certain areas.

You will not be allowed to bring coolers, outside beverages (aside from water), large framed backpacks, audio-recording devices and professional cameras.

Once you arrive at the park, there is plenty of free parking on the grounds, and then you can start enjoying everything 80/35 has to offer.

What to do at the park

Beyond music, there are plenty of activities for the entire family, including the Wellmark Kids Zone. The Kids Zone features interactive activities led by the Science Center of Iowa. In this area children will be able to play in an inflatable play area, learn hula hoop tricks, color 80/35 posters and make bracelets and beads.

While enjoying the music, adults can also enjoy many attractions. There will be many interactive areas for adults featuring local art and a green zone showcasing choices Iowans can make for a green and healthy life.

There will be plenty of food and drinks provided as well as 80/35 merchandise. A meet-and-greet will be available for fans to receive autographs from the bands during the show.


The lineups for both nights will be as follows: 


• The Avett Brothers

• Dinosaur Jr.

• Useful Jenkins

• F***ed Up

• Freddie Gibbs

• Pieta Brown

• Bright Giant

• Dumptruck Butterlips

• Tajh

• Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos

• DJ Eight Ten

• John Solars

• Alex Brown

• Winner of the 80/35 Play-In Contest


• Death Cab for Cutie

• Leftover Salmon

• Greensky Bluegrass

• Atmosphere

• Dan Deacon

• Dead Larry

• Leslie and the LY’s

• Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

• Jaill

• Night Moves

• Mantis Pincers

• The Sundogs

• Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band

• Maxilla Blue

• Mumford’s

• The Sun Company

• Delta Rae

• Now, Now

• Derek Lambert and the Prarie Fires

• Mark Mallman

• K-Holes

• Little Ruckus

• Brad Goldman

• Jesse Jamz

• Jade Reed

• Winner of the 80/35 Play-In Contest