Vampire Weekend, Lord Huron to headline new festival in Garfield Park

Ezra Koenig Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig will lead Vampire Weekend when the band performs June 11 as part of the new WonderRoad music festival in Garfield Park. (Monika Mogi photo.)

A new music festival is planned next summer at Garfield Park, where rock bands Vampire Weekend and Lord Huron will appear as headliners on consecutive nights.

The first WonderRoad festival is set for June 11-12, with performances by 28 acts on three stages in the park.

Ohio-based Elevation Festivals will add WonderRoad to a music festival portfolio that includes annual events WonderStruck in Cleveland and WonderBus in Columbus.

WonderRoad will be produced in association with Indianapolis-based MOKB Presents, the independent concert promoter that oversees operations of Fountain Square venues Hi-Fi, Hi-Fi Annex and Lo-Fi.  

Vampire Weekend, which will perform June 11, is a two-time Grammy Award winner in the category of best alternative album, for 2019’s “Father of the Bride” and 2013’s “Modern Vampires of the City.” Michigan-based Lord Huron, which will perform June 12, released its “Long Lost” album this year.

Other acts in the WonderRoad lineup include Bastille, Chvrches, Milky Chance, Bishop Briggs and Mat Kearney. Indiana is represented by hip-hop trio 81355 and the bands Huckleberry Funk, the Palace, Fern Murphy and the Protest.

The festival unveiled its lineup Wednesday at Garfield Park and also announced a $25,000 grant to Indy Parks to underwrite the 2022 Indy Parks Summer Concert and Movie series.

Tickets for WonderRoad go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. For more information, visit wonderroadfest.com.

WonderRoad organizers said they expect 15,000 attendees across the two days of the festival. The three stages will be positioned on baseball fields near the park’s aquatic center.

Elevation Festivals previously announced July 9-10 as the dates for the 2022 edition of WonderStruck and Aug. 27-28 for the 2022 edition of WonderBus. Past WonderStruck and WonderBus performers include AJR, Third Eye Blind, Black Pumas and Wilco.

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2 thoughts on “Vampire Weekend, Lord Huron to headline new festival in Garfield Park

  1. What a wonderful line-up! congrats to everyone who has worked on this at the Garfield Park Arts Center, at MOKB, and everyone from Wonderfest who decided to come over to Indianapolis and take a chance on our music scene.

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