Cleveland is no stranger to big rock shows.
The revitalized town once known as the “Mistake by the Lake” is now taking turns hosting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (alternating years) with New York, where the HOF voting committee is located. Old Cleveland Municipal Stadium was ground zero for the now-legendary World Series of Rock concerts in the late ‘70s and witnessed major shows by Pink Floyd, The Eagles, and U2. These days, stars like Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney play First Energy Stadium.
Vans Warped Tour thrived at Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland’s Flats District, and the Lollapalooza Festival used to roll through Blossom Music Center forty minutes to the south, in Cuyahoga Falls.
But Cleveland’s never held a large outdoor concert festival smack-dab in the middle of downtown…until now.
Presented by AEG in partnership with Cleveland Concert Company, the first-ever INCUYA Fest will draw thousands of music lovers to the Lake Erie shore on August 25 and 26 to watch performances by some of today’s most beloved entertainers.
The high-decibel shindig takes place on park grounds at Mall B and Mall C, where Bruce Springsteen famously strummed his acoustic guitar on behalf of Barack Obama.
Unlike many package shows that lump like-sounding bands on the same ticket, the weekend-long INCUYA (named for Cuyahoga County) will be an eclectic affair whose two massive stages will feature diverse lineups with a little something for everyone.
L.A. rockers AWOLNATION and Manchester electro-pop legends New Order top-line the main “City Stage” on Malls B and C, sandwiched between Public Hall and the Global Center for Health Innovation. ‘90s alt-rockers Cake, R&B ingénue SZA, and North Carolina folk upstarts The Avett Brothers headline Sunday.
But the itinerary also includes other rock, pop, country, and hip-hop acts—some of whom will appear on a second “Lake Stage” next to City Hall (and overlooking the Rock Hall itself).
This week INCUYA organizers released the full slate of stars along with set times, which are staggered to give revelers enough time to walk back and forth across Lakeside Avenue. Here’s the rundown:
Appearing Saturday, August 25:
1:00 p.m. Arkells (City Stage)
1:35 p.m. Modern Electric (Lake Stage)
2:00 p.m. They. (City)
2:45 p.m. Seafair (Lake)
3:20 p.m. J. Roddy Walston & The Business (City)
4:05 p.m. Ezri (Lake)
4:40 p.m. K. Flay (City)
5:25 p.m. Kitten (Lake)
6:00 p.m. The Revivalists (City)
6:50 p.m. Robert Finley (Lake)
7:25 p.m. AWOLNATION (City)
8:30 p.m. Bahamas (Lake)
9:15 p.m. New Order (City)
Appearing SUNDAY, August 26:
1:35 p.m. Call Your Shot (Lake)
2:10 p.m. The Blue Stones (City)
2:45 p.m. The Jack Fords (Lake)
3:20 p.m. Booker T. Jones (City)
4:05 p.m. Dreamers (Lake)
4:40 p.m. Daniel Caesar (City)
5:25 p.m. Tropidelic (Lake)
6:00 p.m. Cake (City)
6:50 p.m. Tank & The Bangas (Lake)
7:25 p.m. SZA (City)
8:30 p.m. YUNA (Lake)
9:15 p.m. The Avett Brothers (City)
Advance tickets (single day and weekend-long) are available now on the INCUYA website, with VIP and Prestige options for those craving a closer view (and easy access to indoor restrooms and food trucks). A site map and concert FAQ are also available online, with parking info to follow.