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2016 Rock the Garden relocated to gardenless Boom Island in Northeast

Rock the Garden 2015, complete with garden

Rock the Garden 2015, complete with garden

For years the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has been relentlessly rocked by 89.3 the Current's Rock the Garden festival. The grassy hillside outside the Walker Art Center cried "no more!," but the annual deployment of indie-rock bands said "no mercy!" 

This year, it seems, the Garden will catch a break. The Current announced Thursday that the 2016 installment of Rock the Garden will be temporarily relocated to Boom Island Park in northeast Minneapolis due to construction at the Walker. The event — which is still a Walker/Current joint — is slated for June 18 and will downsized ... sort of.

This year's Rock the Garden will feature two stages instead of one, but it will revert to being a one-day party (the past two editions were spread over two days). Eight bands will perform — "a true rock festival experience!," the Current's website points out.  And to be clear: The Boom Island is question is this riverside park, not this tiny north Minneapolis brewpub

Tickets go on sale to members of Minnesota Public Radio and the Walker 10 a.m. April 5, the same day the '15 lineup will be announced. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public the following day. If you feel ready to cyber-commit, there's already a RTG '16 Facebook event

"This beautiful setting will allow for a one-day, multiple staged event sure to carry the same great spirit and inspired mix of music that Rock the Garden has been so noted for in the past," Walker director and curator Philip Bither says in a press release, noting that RTG will return to the re-designed Walker campus in 2017. 

Adds Current program director Jim McGuinn: "Attendees can expect the same level of playful creativity and sonic adventurousness that have been hallmarks of all the previous lineups, along with a chance to explore a new neighborhood and hang with friends at Boom Island for a celebratory summertime kick off!"

Check out our reviews of Rock the Garden 2015 here and here