Will River's Edge Music Festival 2013 bring Skrillex to St. Paul?
The inaugural running of the River's Edge Music Festival will bring Tool, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, the Flaming Lips, and 24 other artists to Harriet Island on the weekend of June 23-24.
And now that the event's promoter Live Nation has let the kitty out of the bag about this year, the focus is already on a more-ambitious slate for 2013. Get ready for a lot more local Live Nation presence in the festival sphere because the concert giant has signed a five-year minimum contract with St. Paul.
Included in the expansive plans for next year, according to a report in today's Star Tribune, is an entire second weekend devoted to country music. This would seem to be a bit of a shard in the side of the 30-year-old Detroit Lakes country institution We Fest. But assuming the fests stay two months apart, and considering that there won't be the same emphasis on camping for an urban country gala, delighted K102 listeners will probably still hit both.
Additionally, the plan includes a consideration for an electronic dance offshoot of the River's Edge Festival. And at this point, it's unclear how big everyone's planning to extend for this bit of intrigue that could be like Bassgasm on a barge meets Electric Daisy Carnival. With the inclusion of Diplo, Datsik, Scissor Sisters, Blaqstarr, and Polica, there's already a skeleton of electronic music lurking within the rest of the 2012 River's Edge's overwhelmingly rockist lineup, which seems to be angling for big support from local radio stations like Cities 97 and 93X. And the plan is to have EVEN MORE rock in the form of an additional day next year.
If the electric portion proves to be just as serious, there's the possibility of a Harriet Island party for local Skrillex fans that can hold far more than the Skyway Theatre did last year.
Notably absent from these long-term plans, however, is any sort of hip-hop component. Perhaps this is a bow to the growing success of the Soundset fest, which returns for its fifth year this May at Canterbury Park.
Finally, tucked into the rhetoric is probably a long-term push to get a Live Nation shed built somewhere in the Twin Cities. "The fact that you do not have a major outdoor venue was the biggest magnet for getting us to do this festival," co-president Mark Campana told the Star Tribune. Don't tell Target Field, hosting Kenny Chesney this summer, or TCF Bank Stadium, where U2 played last summer, about that last crack.
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