Preview: River’s Edge Music Festival

by Colin Peters, published June 20th 2012

Summer used to mean outdoor games and camping in a park; now, summer means outdoor music and camping at festivals.  Essentially, summer hasn’t changed much, but instead of playing capture the flag with friends, you’re playing music with friends; instead of comfortably camping for fun, you’re uncomfortably camping at a festival…or maybe you aren’t. Either way, music festivals are a staple of the summer months– and today marks the official start of summer.

River’s Edge Music Festival is brand new and just in time for the summer.  The festival will be held on Harriet Island – which sits on the Mississippi River – in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The festival, a partnership between Live Nation Entertainment and the city of St. Paul, boasts an impressive lineup despite being a festival newcomer.

The lineup’s main strength is in its diversity. Artists include Dave Matthews Band, Tool, Sublime w/Rome, The Flaming Lips, Diplo, Scissor Sisters, Awolnation, K.Flay and Motion City Soundtrack, to name a few. The festival has an impressive range of genres and styles.  The eclectic lineup will surely bring an interesting and diverse group of fans to Minnesota’s capital.

Although it’s a new addition to the festival circuit, River’s Edge is clearly putting forth an effort establish itself.  The festival features a bevy of local artists, from the musicians gracing the stage to the culinary artists that will feed hungry fans.  The festival has also partnered with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund to raise money and awareness in an effort to reinvest in the local community.

It’s quite ambitious (and expensive) to build a brand new festival in the Midwest, especially with Lollapalooza approaching in Chicago.  Still, summer festivals will always be an important part of the music scene; and as they say: the more the merrier.  River’s Edge Music Festival has an impressively diverse lineup, a unique venue, a mission to embrace the city and more importantly – the fans.

Check out the River’s Edge Music Festival this weekend, June 23 & 24, at Harriet Island. St. Paul, MN. Be sure to follow Tastemakers for festival updates and photos!

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