Bon Iver’s Eaux Claires Fest Announces Lineup Via Letters To Early Ticket Holders

James Rettig | February 7, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Eaux Claires Festival has started announcing artists that will appear on its inaugural lineup. People who ordered presale tickets will receive a letter in the mail announcing one of the participating artists. The letter says that three-quarters of the artists will be revealed this way. Some of these letters have started surfacing, and the official Eaux Claires Twitter account has been sharing them as they roll in. So far, we know the lineup will include the Tallest Man On Earth, Low, Liturgy, S. Carey, Field Report, Melt-Banana, Colin Stetson, Charles Bradley, and others. More are sure to be revealed over the coming days, and the letter says that the full festival lineup will be announced on 2/11. You can check out a preview video for the festival, get a closer look at the letters that people have been receiving, and a look at the initial lineup below.

Lineup so far:
Aero Flynn
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Boys Noize
Charles Bradley
Colin Stetson
Doomtree
Field Report
Francis And The Lights
Haley Bonar
Liturgy
Low
Marijuana Deathsquads
Melt-Banana
Phil Cook
Phox
Poli├ža
S. Carey
Sam Amidon
Sylvan Esso
The Lone Bellow
The Tallest Man On Earth

We took a leap of faith. We didn’t know if anyone would leap with us. And then there you were.

Sight unseen, you’ve agreed to join us at the inaugural Eaux Claires Festival along the banks of the Chippewa River this July.

We hope you can feel our gratitude.

Eaux Claires is more than just music. It will be an experience including and celebrating art in a multitude of forms — from the paintbrush to the pen, from the plow to the plate, from local brews to local bootstrappers. Above all, we want to share this place — the Chippewa Valley that has been so good to so many of us.

To make this work, we need early leaders. You are among them. To show our appreciation for your support at the start, here’s a sneak peek at just one of the many artists from the lineup we’re assembling:

We encourage you to share your artists by tagging this information #eauxclaires and broadcasting it in any way you choose. In this way, three quarters of the lineup can be discovered before the full reveal.

We also invite you to join us at www.eauxclaires.com on February 11th when we officially announce our lineup along with other surprises.

Right now the Chippewa River slips dark and silent beneath the sheeted ice. come summer, the water will flow warm and slow. Along the banks the grass will grow, and the night will fill with music and light.

We’ll join you there.

Michael Perry, Eaux Claires Narrator
Justin Vernon, Eaux Claires Curator

Videos and photos of Vernon and Dessner screenprinting these letters were teased on social media earlier in the week.

A video posted by @blobtower on

Where are you taking me? @blobtower

A photo posted by Aaron Dessner (@aarondessner) on

Eaux Claires Festival will take place on 7/17-18 in Eau Claires, WI.

[Photo via Twitter.]