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Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will return to Chippewa Valley in August 2016

Bon Iver perform at the 2015 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (Nate Ryan/MPR)

In a move that will surprise precisely 0% of the people who attended this year’s inaugural event, the wildly successful Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival has announced its plans to return to the Foster Farms grounds outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 12 and 13, 2016.

Curated by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and the National’s Aaron Dessner, the first installment of Eaux Claires drew over 20,000 fans, sold out every hotel, dorm, and cabin in the southwest Wisconsin area, and provided happy fans with an immersive, eclectic experience.

It also marked one of Bon Iver’s only live performances in recent years and was an opportunity to take in all of Vernon’s favorite Eau Claire-affiliated acts, not to mention memorable appearances from gospel kings the Blind Boys of Alabama, dance heavyweight Boys Noize, Swedish folk darling the Tallest Man on Earth, and so much more.

Read my recap of this year’s Eaux Claires Festival here, and see below for all of the details that are currently available about next year’s event.

  • According to the press release, “Eaux Claires is dedicated to enhancing the festival experience in 2016. In particular, enhancements in camping, food and beverage experiences are all underway, and more will be announced in 2016.”
  • The Eaux Claires line-up will be shared in early 2016.
  • Eaux Claires will make a limited number of tickets available for pre-sale tomorrow, October 22, 2015 online at www.eauxclaires.com at 10:00am CST.
  • A limited number of Two-Day General Admission “Eau Claire” Passes and Two-Day Enhanced “Chippewa” Passes will become available at www.eauxclaires.com tomorrow, October 22, 2015 at 10AM CST. Two-Day GA “Eau Claire” Presale tickets are $125; Two-Day Enhanced “Chippewa” Presale tickets are $250 (includes a complimentary culinary experience, along with beer and wine, served during show hours in the Chippewa area, a relaxing environment just steps away from the main stage).