MidPoint offers 250 bands on 25 stages in three districts (downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) over three nights — with so much to see and hear, why waste time standing in line to pay cover charges at each club? Festivalgoers in the know pony up for a three-day wristband ($39) and guarantee themselves smooth sailing.
The three-day wristband gains you entry to all MidPoint shows, subject to capacity rules, and waives all cover charges. It also allows you to get a free ride from venue to venue via the Metro Shuttle, three hybrid-fuel buses that cruise each evening along a route on Main Street, Liberty Street, Walnut Street and Fifth Street.
There are several options for getting in to see MidPoint showcases; here are the details:
Your best bet. This wristband gets you entry to all MidPoint showcases, subject to capacity rules, and waives all cover charges. (See notes below about the Southgate House Ballroom.) It also allows you to get from venue to venue for free via the Metro Shuttle. The wristband also gives you exclusive access to the Sept. 24 “secret show” at The Cincinnati Club (see details below).
How to buy: Advance online sales end at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at mpmf.com, so grab them while you can. In-person sales continue up until the beginning of MidPoint Thursday depending on available stock: Coffee Emporium (Over-the-Rhine), Contemporary Arts Center (Downtown), Everybody’s Records (Pleasant Ridge), Grammer’s (Over-the-Rhine), Mole’s Record Exchange (Clifton Heights), Neon’s Unplugged (Over-the-Rhine), Park Vine (Over-the-Rhine), Phil’s Music & Memories (Cold Spring, Ky.) and Shake It Records (Northside).
Southgate House Ballroom
The only way to ensure you see the acts at the Southgate House Ballroom is to purchase advance tickets to the individual concerts.
A minimum of 200 slots will be held for three-day wristband holders for each show, but wristband admission is on a first-come first-served basis and subject to venue capacity. Shows in the Southgate House Parlour and Junie’s Lounge are free. Note: This is an all ages (18 and up) venue.
Cost: Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest and Cameron McGill & What Army (Sept. 23) are $12 advance and $15 at the door; Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Lions Rampant and So Cow (Sept. 24) are $15 advance and $18 at the door; Jason & The Scorchers and Mandy Marie & The Cool Hand Lukes (Sept. 25) are $12 advance and $15 at the door.
How to Buy: Southgate House web site. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.
This wristband gains you entry to all MidPoint showcases on one evening, subject to capacity rules, so it's perfect if you're going to be able to make just one of the festival's three nights. It also allows you to get from venue to venue for free via the Metro Shuttle. The one-day wristband, however, does not count as admission for the Southgate House shows.
How to buy: Available all three nights at any MidPoint venue except the Southgate House.
If you’ll be attending just one MidPoint showcase or are commitment-phobic, you can pay the cover charge at each venue each evening if space is available.
How to buy: At the door.
Free shows on Fountain Square
Thursday: Brent Reed, Channel Theory and The Broken Lyre perform 7-10 p.m.
Friday: O’Brother, Blue Venus, Lunic and Filligar perform 7-11 p.m.
Saturday: Oh My God, Midnight Spin, Da Muttss and Bastard Suns perform 7-11 p.m.
Where: Fountain Square is Downtown’s main public space at the corner of Fifth and Vine streets. Beer, food and soft drinks will be available for sale.
Free shows at Neon’s Gold Star Chili Artist Clubhouse
MidPoint musicians will gather to perform in-the-round style acoustic sets 5-11 p.m. all three nights during the festival. MPMF artists can still sign up to perform: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Neon’s Unplugged, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine.
The Secret Show
The first 450 three-day wristband wearers to show up Sept. 24 at The Cincinnati Club will have exclusive access to this showcase. Follow Secret Cincinnati’s Facebook page for hints about the identity of this year’s Secret Show performers.
Where: The Cincinnati Club, 30 Garfield Place, Downtown.
Cost: Free for three-day wristband holders.