Frequently Asked Questions

The Festival

What/where/when is the MidPoint Music Festival?

MidPoint is a music festival that focuses on helping emerging artists gain quality exposure at multiple venues throughout downtown Cincinnati and the adjoining Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The 2011 festival was Sept. 22-24 and was the 10th annual MidPoint, marking a decade of audio addiction for a dedicated and passionate audience. Save the dates now: MPMF.12 is scheduled for Sept. 27-29.

Who attends MidPoint?

The festival atmosphere is always friendly and supportive as musicians, fans and professionals all enjoy the Midwest’s annual musical mecca.

Are there any daytime events other than shows?

Yes. The MidPoint Midway was a new area for 2011 that's open during the day on Saturday Sept. 24 (as well as Thursday and Friday evenings) hosting ArtWorks' Box Truck Carnival and other street entertainment. Info about Each Note Secure's dayparty on Saturday is here.

Are there any events before MidPoint to hold me over until September?

Sure! For the third straight year we hosted the MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square during summer 2011. Every Friday night between June 3 and Sept. 2 we brought in the kind of local, regional and national acts we feature during MidPoint performing for free on downtown Cincinnati’s main public square. There was also food, beer and other beverages for sale during the events. Find more information about the MidPoint Indie Summer Series here and look fo r next summer's series info in early 2012.

Who’s the dude with the mustache I keep seeing everywhere?

That’s our cyclops riverboat captain, Monty. He calls Cincinnati his home port and serves as MidPoint’s mascot.

Where can I buy MPMF stuff?

You’ll be able to score some slick merch at the MidPoint Indie Summer Series and at MidPoint itself.

I’m from out of town and don’t know my way around Cincinnati. Anything to help me getting from Point A to Point B?

Check out all the venues (with individual location maps) here. Info about the City of Cincinnati's project to install temporary bike racks for MPMF.11 (with a map) is here.

Who’s played at recent MidPoint Music Festivals?

Many MidPoint performers made year-end lists for Best Album or Best New Artist in major music publications such as SPIN, Fader, Pitchfork, NME, Filter and Rolling Stone. The list of recent MPMF performers include Cut Copy, The Joy Formidable, Booker T., The Felice Brothers, Man or Astro-Man?, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Best Coast, Phantogram, Surfer Blood, Caribou, A Place to Bury Strangers, Holy F*ck, Fang Island, +/-, Colour Revolt, Cults, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Candy Claws, Brighton MA, Drink Up Buttercup, The Strange Boys, Felice Brothers, Javelin, Heartless Bastards, The Do, Chairlift, Micachu & the Shapes, Sarah Borges, Wussy and Buffalo Killers.


When do MPMF.12 tickets go on sale?

Advance tickets will go on sale in the spring. Look for details on the home page.

How/where can I buy tickets?

You can buy advance tickets online, at select local retail stores and in person at MidPoint. Get last year's ticketing details here.

How/when will I receive my tickets?

If you buy in person at Fountain Square or at a retail store, you’ll receive a wristband voucher; if you buy online, we’ll mail you the wristband voucher. When you attend the MidPoint Music Festival you can turn in the vouchers for actual 3-day wristbands.

Do I have to buy a single ticket to every show I see?

3-day wristbands allow access to all MidPoint shows at all venues, capacity rules permitting. We’ll also offer single day passes that get you in to all the shows on an individual night. Go ahead and get a 3-day wristband, though, because you might regret it later.

What happens if I lose my wristband voucher?

Sorry, we can’t refund or reissue lost vouchers. So put them in the safe ’til September.

What are the benefits to buying a 3-day wristband?

Well, it’s economical: If you plan to attend more than one night at MidPoint, it’s cheaper to buy a 3-day wristband than two single day passes. In these days and times, you need to save every dollar you can. Plus they look cool on your arm.

The benefits to buying a VIP 3-Day Pass are many: You get "priority admission" to all MPMF shows and venues, depending on venue capacity rules — meaning that if there's a line for a show but room is available inside, you get in next. And you get to attend the VIP pre-parties each night at MidPoint and have access to the VIP Sanctuary Room throughout each evening. Last year's ticketing details are here.

Artist Submissions

When does the submission period open?

The MPMF.12 submission process will be announced soon, but generally the MidPoint submission window runs February through May.

What kinds of bands play at the MidPoint Music Festival?

Acoustic, Alternative, Americana, Avant-Garde, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Funk, Latin, Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter and Soul.

How many bands do you accept?

We invite 200 or so bands from around the world to perform at MidPoint. At least 75 performance slots are reserved for Sonicbids bands.

How do you judge/pick the bands?

We listen to every band who’s submitted and use our scientific process to determine which bands best suit the MidPoint Music Festival.

When/how will I be notified if I am accepted into MidPoint?

Bands will be invited once the judging process is completed, but generally invitations are issued in June and July.