After two full days of music and fun, the 2018 Mo Pop Festival
has officially wrapped up. In its fourth year at West Riverfront Park, Mo Pop flexed its muscles more than ever, with a jam-packed itinerary that included some great music and all kinds of fun side activities. Here are five reasons to start planning to attend the festival in 2019, 2020 and beyond.
1. The variety
Part of Mo Pop's charm is the variety of acts on display during the festival. This year was no exception, from the avant folk of Bon Iver
to the rowdy rawk of Highly Suspect
or even from the hardcore rap of Vince Staples
to the indie powerhouse of The National
, Mo Pop excels at bringing a diversity of musical experiences. In all likelihood, you can expect the festival's 2019 incarnation to follow suit.
2. Those sweet, sweet extras
Mo Pop Festival comes packed with fun side activities for when you just want to take a break from the rad music. Are you a sports fan? Try out the Detroit Dart Club's unique dart blasters and innovative gameplay on a pop-up course. Dig classic video games? Check out Mo Arcade, where you can play classic video and pinball games for free, along with some seriously retro 80s dance vibes from a live DJ. Top to bottom, there's more fun to be had at Mo Pop than what you'll have time for.
3. A Detroit fixation - Mo Pop is all about the Motor City. From its picturesque setting on the Detroit River, to the tastes of Detroit's food and drink, to the many local artists showcased onstage, the city gets highlighted day in and day out. Sure, the setting gets some ribbing for having such a prominent view of the Detroit Post Office, but all in all the festival is a celebration and homage to the city of Detroit.
4. The Art Walk - what's better than seeing really awesome art? How about watching cool local artists making really awesome art? Check out the Leave Your Mark Art Garden, where local artists make a series of art boards, sized approximately three feet wide by six feet tall. Watching the process is interesting, and seeing the results is inestimably great.
5. Autographs and more - are you interested in getting a little more up close and personal with your favorite artists? Mo Pop goes out of their way to set up times for your favorite artists to populate the autograph booth to sign their John Hancocks and yuk it up with their fans. What's more, a lot of the local artists can be seen wandering around the festival, mixing with the crowd. It's just another great way to interact with the musicians you like.