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Five more brilliant bands signed on for a splendid Sunday including disco bebop heavy-hitters, The Macpodz, fierce guitar indie rockers, Pink Mink, the genre-busting act, Infantree, and Iowa favorites, David Zollo & The Body Electric and Love Songs for Lonely Monsters. And, organizers have squeezed Jacob Tyler Wolfgang and The Junkyard Orchestra, two more colossal crowd-pleasers, into Saturday.

The ringmaster certainly deserves to take a bow.

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80-35 Festival, IowaA BIG TOO BIG FOR THE BIG TOP!

Hold on to your metaphorical seats, ladies and gentlemen, because the unbelievable bill just became mind-blowing. Just when you thought three thumping stages couldn’t possibly hold another sparkly sequined performer, check out these electrifying acts:

You’ll be amazed by the Chicago-based quintet Gold Motel as they bound on stage with unique poppy hooks and warm melodies. You’ll thrill to the power pop collective from New Orleans, Generationals, as they shine with ’60s-inspired melodies and new wave rhythms. You’ll delight in high-octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass as WhiteWater Ramble unleash their curious mix of energetic jams. You’ll feast your creative side with the unconventional experimenting of artists/musicians/filmmakers NewVillager. And you’ll get back to your roots with the strumming Americana of Cory Chisel, fresh from America’s Dairyland.

For those hoping for hip hop, you shan’t be disappointed! You’ll bounce to the breath-taking beats of Blackalicious. Your head will spin at the impossibly quick rhyming of Shady Records own YelaWolf. And you’ll move as Chicago hip-hop trio BBU mashes fresh juking beats with powerful messages of protest.

For those looking for a little local fare, a virtual cornucopia of 80/35 veterans are back to take the stage in The Envy Corps, Brother Trucker, Cashes Rivers, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors and DCM (Dope Clique Movement).

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80-35 Festival, IowaMORE ACTS JOIN 80 / 35 FESTIVAL

The circus train is bumping towards Des Moines and it’s filling up fast with astounding acts that are sure to tingle your spine, raise your hair and leave you properly flabbergasted.

Delight in the densely danceable beats from OF MONTREAL! From Athens, Georgia, of Montreal pops on stage performing edgy psychedelic pop rock with provocative vocals and a glam twist – a must see act! OKKERVIL RIVERS bounds forth to astound audiences with its Austin, Texas, brand of thematic indie folk rock.

Then, witness the wonder that is HANDSOME FURS, the impressive minimal indie rock duo from Quebec, Canada. Revel in the remarkable sound of KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, the ultimate iconic exploration of groove, acid jazz, funk and hip hop.

Finally, amazing Iowa acts WOLVES IN THE ATTIC, LAND OF BLOOD AND SUNSHINE and UNIPHONICS contribute their death defying sounds!

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From Cape Town, South Africa, the power trio Civil Twilight stuns crowds with edgy guitar-driven anthems, dramatic limitless vocals, stirring alt-rock songcraft and grand piano-fueled ballads.

And, straight from the hills of Southern Indiana, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band brings the heat with flaming washboards, gut bucket guitar playing and foot-stomping rhythms that inspire wild sing-a-longs worthy of our Big Top.

This year’s marvelous musical spectacle promises wondrous acts from around the world. And many of the best are from just down the street. That’s why 80/35 is dedicating a stage to showcasing our staggering Homegrown Greatness-up to and including these soon-to-be-famous performers:

Des Moines’ own The River Monks, unwrapping rare folk indie rock with a unique minimalist twist.  The Workshy, a funky fusion five piece from Ames, Iowa, known for astonishing and energetic live performances.

Iowa natives La Strange unleash a river of guitars and raw, overdriven drum beats creating a minimalist, yet dynamic sonic sensation. A lo-fi mix of upbeat piano pop featuring boisterous horns and catchy, bouncy melodies set the stage for Christopher the Conquered.

JEL Battle of the Bands winner, Grinning Match, from Cedar Falls enchants with the perfect mix of acoustic, alternative, experimental splendidosity.

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