This summer's Mo Pop Festival has one of the most eclectic lineups in the festival scene this year. Featuring more than just pop, the 2018 artists are actually a stunning representation of nearly every genre, particularly heavy on the indie/alternative scenes. Once you have secured your tickets to this year's Mo Pop and planned out your trip to Detroit, it's time to check out some of the world class artists arranged for your entertainment. The following five are some of the top must-see artists that have made the billing this year.
5. The National
If you haven't heard of The National by 2018, then you have been living under a rock. The band blew up in epic proportions over the past few years, growing from enduring cult hit status to radio-friendly, with everyone recognizing Matt Beringer's decidedly baritone voice. Should you prefer seeing The National in their own headline setting, rather than as part of a fest, they have a stunning show planned for Sept. 29 at Queens' Forest Hills Stadium.
4. Bon Iver
Bon Iver are slated to prove to Mo Pop that they are more than just the token folk rock act. Headlining the first night of the festival, Bon Iver are one of the more established acts of this year's Mo Pop lineup, dating back to 2006. The group won a pair of Grammy awards back in 2012 for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, for their self-titled release. Bon Iver also has a show scheduled for the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 8.
One of the hottest acts of 2017, Portugal. The Man are a delightful addition to Mo Pop's lineup this year. The self-proclaimed "Lords of Portland" have found themselves finally breaking free from being that little band from Wasilla, Alaska and finding a new hometown, and a new, albeit much larger, niche to fill in the music industry. Their extensive hit "Feel it Still" was the song of last summer, and if they play their cards right, they might just be the soundtrack of this summer too. Portugal. The Man are currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour, which will include an exciting performance at Red Rocks Ampitheatre on August 8.
Though they are currently billed as more of an "under the radar" act, Alvvays (pronounced "always") are rising stars. The Canadian indie pop group have risen their way up through the college radio charts, and are now headed towards the mainstream, with their jaded love songs and catchy melodies. In addition to Mo Pop, Alvvays will also be playing some headline dates this spring and summer, including Portland, Maine's Portland City Music Hall on May 29.
1. St. Vincent
St. Vincent has spent the past decade rising up from a relative unknown to an indie darling. The multi-instrumentally talented artist is currently touring for her fifth studio album, Masseducation. One of St. Vincent's most impressive claims to fame is being one of the rare female solo artists to have won a Grammy award for Best Alternative Album. If you can't make it to Detroit to see St. Vincent at Mo Pop, check out her tour dates such as this May at Norfolk's The NorVa.