With Bunbury Music Festival coming up in exactly one month, it’s time to take a closer look at one of the Queen City’s best music festivals! This three day riverfront music festival takes place at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove in downtown Cincinnati. Featuring top notch bands, local vendors, a craft beer village, and a variety of food options; Bunbury has everything you need to have an unforgettable weekend. Three day tickets and single day tickets are both available so get them before they’re gone!
Bunbury Music Festival first got its start back in the summer of 2012. Founded by Bill Donabedian, the first year of the festival featured 100 bands on six different stages. After two years, Donabedian sold the festival to PromoWest Productions, one of the top independent concert promoters based out of Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, when PromoWest took over, they modified the festival slightly in order to create a more intimate concert experience for the festival goers. They went from a six stage set up (one main and five side stages) to a four stage set up (two main and two side) in order to provide better viewing experiences and smoother travel from stage to stage. Since the purchase, Bunbury has cemented itself as one of Cincinnati’s best festival experience and has hosted some of the top musical acts in the country including Thirty Seconds To Mars, Snoop Dogg, Twenty One Pilots, and many more. Below is a link to a fantastic documentary about PromoWest Productions and their huge influence in the music community and relationship with various bands.
This year’s Bunbury lineup is full of nostalgia for 90’s kids and stacked with talented musical acts from across the country. A primarily alternative rock filled lineup, Bunbury has also added various DJ’s and hip hop artists in order to insure that there’s something here for everyone. Each day of the festival is stacked with talented musicians that are either making their return to Bunbury or making their debut this year! Here’s a look at the top three bands I’m looking forward to watching perform each day!
The Front Bottoms
Young The Giant
Foster The People
Third Eye Blind
Coheed and Cambria
Unfortunately, Bunbury Music Festival is not a camping fest so if you’re traveling from elsewhere you will have to find a place to crash once the festival closes for the day. Bunbury is teaming up with Hotels For Hope to make booking a hotel for the weekend easy. Aloft Newport On The Levee and 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati are the two hotels included with Hotels For Hope and are located within walking distance of the festival grounds. Every room night booked in these hotels will make a $2 donation to local charities for children. If you prefer to camp there are also plenty of options in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. In Ohio you can choose from East Fork, Stonelick, Caeser Creek, Hueston Woods, and Cowan Lake to set up a tent and build a fire. The closest camping options in Kentucky include Oak Creek, Big Bone Lick, General Butler, Kincaid Lake, Blue Lick, and Campbell County.