Bunbury Music Festival

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Bunbury Music Festival
Bunbury Music Festival logo.svg
Location(s)Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2012–present
Founded byBill Donabedian
Attendance43,000 (2016)[1]
Capacity20,000 per day

The Bunbury Music Festival is a three-day music festival in Cincinnati, Ohio at Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove on the banks of the Ohio River. Each annual event typically features over 100 acts performing on three to six separate stages through the park. The festival was founded by MidPoint Music Festival co-founder and former Fountain Square managing director Bill Donabedian. The festival's inaugural event took place July 13–15, 2012.[2] In 2014, Bunbury was purchased by PromoWest Productions, an entertainment company operating out of Columbus, Ohio.

The most recent iteration of the event occurred May 31 through June 2, 2019.

List of events[edit]

Walk the Moon's Kevin Ray performing at Bunbury 2013
The main stage at Bunbury 2017
Dates Headliners Attendance
July 13–15, 2012 Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie[3]
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Friday, July 13

Globili Stage: Scars on 45, Capital Cities, Kids These Days, Crash Kings, O.A.R., Airborne Toxic Event, Jane's Addiction

Landor Stage: Find Vienna, She Does Is Magic, All Get Out, Ponderosa, Chappo, Foxy Shazam

Red Bull DJ Stage: Ice Cold Tony, CJ the DJ, Alex Peace, DJ AMF, Mixin Marc, Alchemist

Bud Light Stage: Bo & the Locomotive, Tristen, The Henry Clay People, L.P., Ra Ra Riot, Minus the Bear

CMC Stage: Humble Home, Brent Kirby, Lauren Mann, Madi Diaz, Matt Pryor

Alive One Stage: Pet Clinic, Emily & the Complexes, G. Miles and the Hitmen, The Minor Leagues, Quiet Corral, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Saturday, July 14

Globili Stage: The 4 on the Floor, Alberta Cross, Jukebox the Ghost, A Silent Film, Manchester Orchestra, The Gaslight Anthem, Weezer

Landor Stage: Wheels On Fire, Hotfox, Secret Music, Graffiti6, The Bright Light Social Hour, Grouplove

Red Bull DJ Stage: Davey C, DJ Etrayn, Big Once, DJ Ivy, DJ Spider, DJ Irie

Bud Light Stage: Sphynx, 1,2,3, Messerly & Ewing, Imagine Dragons, Dan Deacon, RJD2

CMC Stage: Doop and the Inside Outlaws, The Shaw Brothers, Tracy Walker, Jeremy Pinnell and the 55's, Kevin Devine

Alive One Stage: Old Lights, Black Taxi, The Sundresses, Lions Rampant, 500 Miles to Memphis, The Silent Comedy

Sunday, July 15

Globili Stage: YAWN, Maps & Atlases, Lights, City and Colour, Neon Trees, Death Cab For Cutie

Landor Stage: Archer's Paradox, Nikki Lane, Wussy, The Deep Dark Woods, Good Old War, Guided By Voices

Red Bull DJ Stage: DJ Prism, DJ K-Dogg, DJ D-Lo, Mr. Best, Mick Boogie

Bud Light Stage: Child Bite, Belle Histoire, Now, Now, Seedy Seeds, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Passion Pit*

*Passion Pit cancelled due to band illness

CMC Stage: Rachel Ann Figley, Jake Kolesar, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, The Tillers, Will Hoge

Alive One Stage: The Black Tape, Black Owls, Pomegranates, UME, Bad Veins

July 12–14, 2013 The National, Fun, MGMT[5]
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Friday, July 12

Main Stage: The Features, Delta Rae, Tegan and Sara, Walk the Moon, Fun

Rockstar Stage: Beat Club, The Dunwells, Red Wanting Blue, Youngblood Hawke, DeVotchKa

Cincinnatus Stage: Billy Wallace, Pete Dressman, Josh Eagle, Jay Nash

Bud Light Stage: Public, American Authors, Everest, Sky Ferreira, Tokyo Police Club

Lawn Stage: Alone At 3am, Old Baby, We Are Snapdragon, Seabird

Amphitheater Stage: The Mitchells, Ohio Knife, State Song, Buffalo Killers, Those Darlins

Saturday, July 13

Main Stage: Empires, Robert DeLong, Twenty One Pilots, Cake, MGMT

Rockstar Stage: X Ambassadors, Civil Twilight, Chairlift, We Are Scientists, Divine Fits

Cincinnatus Stage: Margaret Darling, Taylor Alexander, Tim Carr, Christopher Paul Stelling

Bud Light Stage: Culture Queer, Vacationer, The Mowgli's, Oberhofer, Atlas Genius

Lawn Stage: The Ready Stance, The Bears Of Blue River, Black Owls, You, You're Awesome

Amphitheater Stage: New Vega, Messerly And Ewing, Ben Walz Band, The Pinstripes, Bear Hands

Sunday, July 14

Main Stage: Joe Purdy, Gregory Alan Isakov, Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, The National

Rockstar Stage: The Knocks, A Silent Film, Night Terrors of 1927, Yo La Tengo

Cincinnatus Stage: Ben Knight, Jake Kolesar, Mark Utley, Channing & Quinn

Bud Light Stage: Gringo Star, High Highs, Savoir Adore, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Lawn Stage: Mia Carruthers Bethesda, The Harlequins, DAAP Girls, Jane Decker

Amphitheater Stage: The Upset Victory, Green Light Morning, The Hiders, Daniel Martin Moore

July 11–13, 2014 Fall Out Boy, Paramore, The Flaming Lips[6]
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Friday, July 11

Main Stage: X Ambassadors, Wild Cub, Cage the Elephant, Fitz and The Tantrums, Empire of the Sun

River Stage: Royal Teeth, Hundred Waters, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Bad Suns, Veruca Salt

Acoustic Stage Here Among the Mountains, Russell Howard, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Marc Scibilia

Warsteiner Stage: Snowmime, Panama Wedding, Mystery Skulls, Meg Myers, Dead Sara, Heartless Bastards

Lawn Stage: Goldwing, 500 Miles to Memphis, The Fanged Robot, Black Owls

Amphitheater Stage: The Upset Victory, Let It Happen, Family and Friends, Lydia Loveless, Psychodots

Saturday, July 12

Main Stage: Crass Mammoth, New Politics, Cults, Paramore, Fall Out Boy

River Stage: Lily and Madeleine, Caspian, Kishi Bashi, Morning Parade, Foxy Shazam

Acoustic Stage Yellow Paper Planes, Eva Ross, Austin Livingood, Molly Sullivan

Warsteiner Stage: Miner, Bronze Radio Return, Fly Golden Eagle, Hunter Hunted, Andrew W.K.

Lawn Stage: Big Fresh, Bonesetters, Modoc, Jane Decker

Amphitheater Stage: Brent James and the Vintage Youth, G. Miles and the Hitmen, Jesse Thomas, Pluto Revolts, The Pass

Sunday, July 13

*Some bands delayed/cancelled due to weather

Main Stage: Brick + Mortar, Red Wanting Blue, ZZ Ward, Young the Giant, The Flaming Lips

River Stage: The Lighthouse and The Whaler, Kopecky Family Band, Robert DeLong, Holy Ghost!

Acoustic Stage Daniel In Stereo, James Gilmore, Kelly Thomas, Dan Tedesco

Warsteiner Stage: Kim Taylor, The Black Cadillacs, Joywave, Bear Hands, The Orwells

Lawn Stage: Clairaudients, The Easthills, The Yugos, Motherfolk

Amphitheater Stage: Young Heirlooms, Lamps & Voids, The Harbour, Saintseneca

June 5–7, 2015 The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg[7]
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Friday, June 5

Yeatman's Cove Stage: Wussy, Multimagic, Father John Misty, Bleachers, Walk the Moon, The Black Keys

River Stage: Machine Heart, Mikky Ekko, Catfish and the Bottlemen

Pavilion Stage: Indigo Wild, Go Analog, Mini Mansions, Royal Blood

Sawyer Point Stage: Markham, Kid Runner, Temples, Matt and Kim, Tame Impala

Saturday, June 6

Yeatman's Cove Stage: Zach Longoria Project, Austin Plaine, Genevieve, Lindsey Stirling, Kacey Musgraves, The Avett Brothers

River Stage: Bummers, The Secret Sisters, Jamestown Revival

Pavilion Stage: Daniel In Stereo, Motherfolk, Graceful Closure, The Reverend Horton Heat

Sawyer Point Stage: Playing To Vapors, Old Hundred, The Devil Makes Three, The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show

Sunday, June 7

Yeatman's Cove Stage: The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, Snoop Dogg

River Stage: 500 Miles to Memphis, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Shakey Graves

Pavilion Stage: Lonesome As Gold, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Alex Angelo

Sawyer Point Stage: Pluto Revolts, Buggs Tha Rocka, Lil Dicky, Atmosphere, Twenty One Pilots

June 3–5, 2016 The Killers, Ice Cube, Mudcrutch, Florence and the Machine[9]
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Friday, June 3

Yeatman's Cover Stage: Lydia, The Shelters, The Mowgli's, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Haim, The Killers

CVG River Stage: Louis the Child, The Dear Hunter, The Wombats, J Roddy Walston and the Business

Sawyer Point Stage: Leggy, Whilk & Misky, Red Wanting Blue, PVRIS, X Ambassadors, Mudcrutch

Saturday, June 4

Yeatman's Cover Stage: Dead Man String Band, Oddisee, The Worn Flints, G. Love & Special Sauce, Umphrey's McGee, deadmau5

CVG River Stage: Dawg Yawp, Automagik, Conner Youngblood, Cal Scruby, Grizfolk, Diarrhea Planet

Sawyer Point Stage: Jeremy Pinnell, Foxing, Austin Plaine, The Neighbourhood, Big Grams, Ice Cube

Sunday, June 5

*Tears for Fears cancelled due to family illness

Yeatman's Cover Stage: Jared Mahone, LANY, Grimes, Of Monsters and Men, Florence and the Machine

CVG River Stage: Mad Anthony, Holy White Hounds, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, Coleman Hell, Here Come the Mummies

Sawyer Point Stage: Room For Zero, Flint Eastwood, Bayside, Elle King

June 2–4, 2017 Muse, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights[10]
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Friday, June 2

Nissan Stage: Flor, NF, Mike Stud, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa

CVG River Stage: The Upset Victory, Alex Angelo, Civil Twilight, Mutemath

Sawyer Point Stage: Flying Underground, July Talk, Eden, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie

Southwest Sound Stage: Dave Buker & The Historians, The Cordial Sins, Jared Mahone, Clubhouse

Saturday, June 3

Nissan Stage: Kevin Garrett, Frenship, Hayley Kiyoko, Tech N9ne, Bassnectar

CVG River Stage: Charlie Hirsch, Liberty Deep Down, VHS Collection, CVBZ

Sawyer Point Stage: Current Events, Cobi, San Fermin, DRAM, Pretty Lights

Southwest Sound Stage: Yellow Paper Planes, Lemon Sky, Emily & The Complexes, Sarob

Sunday, June 4

Nissan Stage: CAAMP, Flogging Molly, AFI, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Muse

CVG River Stage: Time Cat, Arkells, Watsky, The Reverend Horton Heat

Sawyer Point Stage: White Reaper, Dreamers, Moon Taxi, Jon Bellion, The 1975

Southwest Sound Stage: Circle It, Go Analog, Hello Luna, Liberty Deep Down

June 1–3, 2018 Jack White, The Chainsmokers, Post Malone, Incubus[11]
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Friday, June 1

Nissan Stage: Welshly Arms, LANY, Fitz and The Tantrums, The Chainsmokers

*Blink-182 was originally scheduled to perform but cancelled.

CVG River Stage: Lift the Medium, Reo Cragun, Allan Rayman, Bishop Briggs

Sawyer Point Stage: The Wrecks, Everything Everything, The Front Bottoms, Royal Blood, Young the Giant

Acoustic Sound Stage: Personal Public, Lily McCabe, Lauren Eylise

Saturday, June 2

Nissan Stage: Zoo Trippin', Third Eye Blind, GRiZ, Incubus

CVG River Stage: Moonbeau, Tall Heights, Magic Giant, Arizona

Sawyer Point Stage: Friday Giants, Vesperteen, Misterwives, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Foster the People

Acoustic Sound Stage: The Miners, Daniel in Stereo, Arlo McKinley

Sunday, June 3

Nissan Stage: Lillie Mae, The Commonheart, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Jack White

CVG River Stage: McLovins, Two Feet, Sir Sly, Lecrae

Sawyer Point Stage: Remo Drive, Bummers, Black Pistol Fire, Coheed and Cambria, Post Malone

Acoustic Sound Stage: Jordan Kirk, Liberty Deep Down, Saving Escape

May 31 – June 2, 2019 Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, The 1975, Girl Talk, Run the Jewels[12]
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Friday, May 31

Monster Energy Stage: RADATTACK, Poppy, Bayside, NF, Fall Out Boy

CVG Stage: You vs Yesterday, Taylor Janzen, Witt Lowry, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Sawyer Point Stage: The Orphan The Poet, HalfNoise, Joywave, Machine Gun Kelly, Stone Temple Pilots

Metro by T-Mobile Acoustic Stage: Chandler Carter, Julian Kerins, James Gilmore

Saturday, June 1

Monster Energy Stage: Great Good Fine Ok, Flora Cash, Dashboard Confessional, Awolnation, Greta Van Fleet

CVG Stage: Shaed, The Blue Stones, Jukebox the Ghost, Blue October

Sawyer Point Stage: 90's Kids, Common Kings, Tropidelic, Jeremy Zucker, Sublime with Rome,

Metro by T-Mobile Acoustic Stage: iamchelseaiam, Young Heirlooms, Jack Burton Overdrive

Sunday, June 2

Monster Energy Stage: The Candescents, The Aces, Streetlight Manifesto, Run the Jewels, The 1975

CVG Stage: Bülow, Lauren Sanderson, The Clarks, Lovelytheband,

Sawyer Point Stage: Friday Pilots Club, Triiibe, Reignwolf, Clutch, Girl Talk,

Metro by T-Mobile Acoustic Stage: Samuel Day, Trauma Illinois, Parker Louis


The name "Bunbury" was chosen by festival founder Bill Donabedian after he heard the word used in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. He chose the word because he thought it sounded whimsical and he liked the definition: "to have a made up excuse to get out of doing something boring."[13] In Wilde's play, the character Algernon utilizes the fictional character named Bunbury as an excuse for getting out of undesirable situations such as family events.[14] Not to be confused with the Western Australian city of Bunbury.


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