Bands flock to Des Moines for music festival


Photo: Miranda Cantrell/Iowa State Daily

The 80/35 music festival in Des Moines will return for its seventh on Friday and Saturday. Volunteer positions and tickets are still available for the event at the 80/35 website.  

Mariah Wellman

The Des Moines music festival 80/35 is back for its seventh year July 10 and 11. Weezer and Wilco are the scheduled headlining bands. 

In 2005, local music fans wanted to bring a love of music back to Des Moines, and, in turn, created the Des Moines Music Coalition. The non-profit organization had the goal of making Des Moines a progressive live music community. They developed local band festivals as well as education programming, advocacy and promotions. 

In 2008, 80/35 was born, and Des Moines put itself on the live music map by featuring two headliners, The Roots and The Flaming Lips. Today, more than 30,000 people attend 80/35 to listen to both national and local artists. 

Fans from out of town can stay at hotels near Western Gateway Park and surrounding areas, as well as camp at the State Fairgrounds or Yellow Banks Park. Volunteer positions, as well as tickets, are still available. For more information, head to the 80/35 website.