Photo courtesy of Bunbury Instagram
Bunbury Music Festival released this year’s lineup at an event at the Woodward Theatre last Thursday. Fall Out Boy will be returning after five years to headline, The 1975 is back in the Queen City after making an appearance in 2017 and the young up-and-coming rock band Greta Van Fleet will be joining the list of headliners.
Other major names in the lineup include AWOLNATION, Machine Gun Kelly and Dashboard Confessional. Each annual lineup announcement is met with its share of criticism, but the festival historically secures major artists from a variety of genres including past years featuring Bassnectar, The Killers and Snoop Dogg.
Bunbury began releasing Hive Hints on Jan. 7 to give its followers some insight into which artists would be making the cut. The first hint was a screengrab of a game of pong, which hinted at the appearance of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at the festival. The fourth hint featured a field of poppies, which was nodding to the unexpected addition of the artist Poppy who continues to confuse the internet with her off-kilter alien persona. Other Hive Hints revealed artists such as Machine Gun Kelly (using a photo of George “Machine Gun” Kelly’s fingerprints) and Jukebox The Ghost (posting an image of famous dancer Fred Astaire who shares the name of one of their songs).
The festival’s Instagram account posted a screengrab of a message from Blink-182 saying they canceled their rescheduled performance at Bunbury 2019. Last year, the headliner canceled just days before their performance, and they will once again will be absent from the festival even after promises of an appearance this year.
In past years, the entertainment company behind Bunbury, PromoWest, has created a Spotify playlist with a song selection that reflects the artists at the festival. It’s safe to expect a 2019 version of the playlist for attendees to begin preparing for the performances this summer.
Ticket sales for 3-day general admission started at $179 before the lineup was released, and have since bumped up to $189 with the lineup reveal. Single day tickets will be made available upon the announcement of the daily schedule.
Bunbury Music Festival will take place May 31-June 2 on the banks of the Ohio River. Each year the festival is met with growing crowds and sold out days, and this year will be no different.
By: Hannah Paige Michels | Staff Writer