’80/35′ Continues to Grow, Venue Change Could Come

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The organizers with the "80/35" music festival expect the attendance to grow again this year but that is not what they intended to do.

"It's not about making a big festival, it is about making a big music scene," said Amedeo Rossi, 80/35 project manager.

This year's headlining acts are Wilco and Weezer and organizers have gotten good feedback about the lineup.

"I don't think when we start the festival we thought about big, we thought about what could be possible in Des Moines," said Rossi "We are really pleased that people took onto it and keep taking to it. It has grown a little bit this year."

With attendance continuing to grow they know a change in venue could be coming down the road.

"As far as the space goes, it could get too big and we have to move," said Rossi. "I have been advocating with the city to try and build a bigger space that could handle festivals, so we don't have to close down these streets and do this sort of thing. Maybe, we will have a festival grounds someday."

Another reason a different space might work is the addition of a new stage targeted towards local teens. The Generation Z stage is free to the public and features all local acts under the age of 18.

"There was not really one place that brought all the (youth) bands together," said 14-year-old Finn Anderson, founder and promoter of the Generation Z Stage. "We brought it up to Amedeo, who runs the whole thing, and he said 'Yeah, Sure.'"

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Fast Facts

When: Starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until Saturday Night.

Where: Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Who: Headliners: Wilco and Weezer. A number local bands will fill the Generation Z and Nationwide Stages

Cost: Varies. Main stage is $50 per day, $90 for weekend. Generation Z and Nationwide Stages are free.


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