Started in 2005 as a pool party and basement show in a local musician’s rural home, BLED FEST (short for “Big Love’s Educational Festival”) has become an institution for local and regional music fans from all walks of life. Essentially, BLED FEST functions as a one-day, substance-free, punk-rock summer camp located within a former mid-Michigan high school.
The event, presented by Fusion Shows, is set for Saturday, May 26, at the Hartland Performing Arts Center. For more details, click here.
In the past, BLED FEST hosted acts such as The Wonder Years, Andrew WK, Every Time I Die, Eisley, Trash Talk, Attack Attack, Modern Baseball, and Title Fight. Last year featured an exclusive album play from headliner La Dispute, a rare appearance from Michigan-based punk rockers Bear vs. Shark, and a rowdy set from The Fall of Troy, all wrapped into a full day of music spread among six stages throughout the building.
This year’s lineup for the 14th annual edition of BLED FEST features an intentionally diverse set of acts, both musically and demographically. Top-billed performers include emo/punk heavyweights Joyce Manor, Basement, and Foxing; wildly popular spoken word poets Andrea Gibson and Neil Hilborn; metalcore pioneers Norma Jean; indie hip-hop artist Astronautalis; rising indie acts Remo Drive, Rozwell Kid, and Mothers; and many more.
As always, the lineup is rounded out by nearly 40 of Michigan’s best local artists. Our full lineup announcement can be found at www.bledfest.com.
Tickets for BLED FEST are now on sale for $35 in advance, $40 day of show. VIP packages including meals, drinks, and festival swag are additionally available for purchase.