The Mo Pop Festival line-up has been announced and holy shit it's good


Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. - CHRISTIAN BERTRAND/SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon.

HOLY. SHIT. You guys, Mo Pop Festival is back for year six and we have died and gone to indie heaven.

Indie overlords Bon Iver, who have not made a Michigan appearance in over a decade, are headlining the festival. The National, Portugal. The Man, and St. Vincent are also top-billed with support by the likes of Vince Staples, Brockhampton, Daniel Caesar, Alvvays, and local darlings Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers along with Metro Times ‘Bands to Watch’ artist, Shortly.

Mo Pop prides itself on having not repeated a single artist or band in its lineup, but has still somehow managed to top its 2017 lineup, which included acts like Solange, Alt-J, and Run the Jewels.

They'll also fulfill all of our festival needs with the return of Food Truck Alley, the Craft Bazar, and — a fan favorite — the Mo Pop Arcade, which features vintage video games and A/C throughout the 10-plus-hours of continuous tunes over the two-day event that takes place at West Riverfront Park July 28 and 29.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. via and will be available for $99.50 for weekend tickets and $75 for single day tickets. Tickets can also be purchased sans service charges at the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office.

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