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Eaux Claires Festival </br>announces 2016 lineup

The lineup for this year's Eaux Claires Festival is out -- and features performances from Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Beach House, Vince Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing "The Way It Is."

The lineup confirms the "hints" released last week when "early bird" ticket buyers received a cassette tape including songs from artists in this year's lineup.

The Eaux Claires festival, curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, will feature 54 acts Aug. 12 & 13. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 10am CST. Eaux Claires will take place on the 60-acre Foster Farm, alongside the banks of the Chippewa River.

In addition to the amazing live performances, Aaron and Bryce Dessner will also share their Grateful Dead tribute project, Day of the Dead. This will be the first and only scheduled live performance of this tribute.  Day of the Dead was a multi-year project coneptualized as an extensive charity album for the Red Hot Organization.  The Eaux Claires' performance will feature performances from some of the festival's lineup.

Megafaun's Phil Cook will present "Southland Revue," a celebration of the American songbook and tradition. The performance will feature his band The Guitarheels with special guest vocalists Amelia Meath, Justin Vernon and more.


​Here is the full lineup for this year's Eaux Claires Festival:

Alpha Consumer
Andrew Fitzpatrick
Beach House
Bon Iver
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing “The Way It Is”
Buke and Gase
Cornelius performing "Fantasma"
Day Of The Dead
eighth blackbird with Bryce Dessner and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Erykah Badu
Francis and The Lights
Har Mar Superstar
Jacy Catlin
James Blake
Jenny Lewis
Jon Hopkins
Jon Mueller
Kill The Vultures
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Little Scream
Mavis Staples
Midnite Express
My Brightest Diamond
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Phil Cook's "Southland Revue"
Prinze George
Richard Reed Parry/ Quiet River of Dust
Sam Amidon
Sarah Neufeld
Shabazz Palaces
So Percussion
Taggart & Rosewood
The Staves and yMusic
Tickle Torture
Thomas Wincek
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Vince Staples
William Tyler

Check out our Eaux Claires' Spotify playlist featuring most of the artists performing at this year's festival

TICKETS: Two-Day General Admission and Two-Day Enhanced Chippewa Passes will become available tomorrow, Friday February 12, 2016 at 10am CST at Two-Day GA Passes are $169. Two-Day Enhanced Chippewa Passes are $300 and include catered meals each day as well as complimentary premium beer and soft drinks.

Meals and all beverages for Chippewa Pass holders will be served in a private and spacious area adjacent to the Lake Eaux Lune stage.

NEW CAMPING: The Eaux Claires Festival has relocated and doubled the size of its campgrounds this year.  Attendees can expect a refreshed and expanded camping experience spread out on a magnificent piece of Wisconsin farmland and only a few minutes ride on a free shuttle from the festival site.

Campgrounds will feature shower facilities, general stores, and spacious sites able to accommodate multiple tents. Video footage of the new campgrounds can be viewed here. Camping passes are sold separately from all Admission Tickets and also go on sale tomorrow, Thursday February 12, 2016 at 10am CST at Camping passes sell for $165; $300 for oversized vehicles.  Upon purchase, campers will also have the option to add fire rings, tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs to their purchase.

LODGING: Eaux Claires is once again working with University of Wisconsin Eau Claire to make hundreds of its dorm rooms available for festival attendees to reserve.  Dorm rooms are available at reasonable rates and include free shuttle transportation to and from the festival.  For more information and to reserve, visit

To learn more about area hotel options, Visit Eau Claire features several recommendations on its website.

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