The inaugural INCUYA Festival will take place this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you've been to Lollapalooza or Coachella, you already know how this festival stuff kinda works. But here are a few tips to prep you for a fun, hassle-free weekend on the North Coast. There is lots to see and do in the city that created Superman...but it's not scary, New York-scale big, either.
What is INCUYA?
INCUYA is the first-ever large-scale music festival in downtown Cleveland (Cuyahoga County), home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When and where is INCUYA?
The two-day outdoor festival will take place on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 in The Malls on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Specifically, ground zero for the event consists of Malls B and C off Lakeside, between Ontario Avenue and E. 6th Street. The Rock Hall is ten-minute walk north of this location—and admission will be free over the weekend with your INCUYA ticket stub.
What time are doors?
There are no “doors” per se, but the Malls will open at noon on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The box office / will call opens at 9:00 a.m. on both days. If you’re picking up tickets at will call, be sure to bring the credit card used for purchase along with a valid I.D.
Who’s playing INCUYA?
The diverse lineup features New Order, AWOLNATION, The Revivalists, and K. Flay on Saturday, August 25. The Avett Brothers, SZA, Cake, and Tropidelic headline on Sunday, August 26. Visit the event website at www.incuya.com for a complete lineup (and times). The set times will be staggered between two stages—“City Stage” to the south and “Lake Stage” to the north.
What can I bring (or not bring) to the show?
General festival rules will apply. No lawn chairs, coolers, or large bags are permitted. No glass or metal containers are allowed, but you may bring a sealed bottle of water. No other outside food or drink is permitted. No professional (detachable lens) cameras or audio recording devices. No weapons, firearms, or chains (including wallet chains). Check out the FAQ at www.incuya.com/info.html for other do and do-not pointers.
May I leave the show and come back later?
Yes, you can! Concertgoers will be wrist-banded to allow for easy reentry. Feel free to take in the sights around downtown Cleveland—including the Rock Hall, Great Lakes Science Center, Rocket Fizz kitsch and candy shop on Euclid Avenue, and the pubs/cafes on the always-bustling E. 4th Street. Lots of blockbuster action movies were shot on the streets of downtown Cleveland—including the bank truck chase from Spider-Man 3 (intersection of Euclid and E. 9th), the alien invasion / battle from The Avengers (same intersection), the car chases from Captain America: Winter Soldier (Lakeside and E. 3rd, and St. Clair and E. 6th), and helicopter pursuit from Alex Cross (Ontario Avenue between Lakeside and St. Clair). Get a selfie at the Rock Hall, First Energy Stadium, or at the popular “Free” stamp sculpture.
Will food be available at the show?
Oh, sure! There will be a “Foodland” with plenty of vendor booths and food trucks. You’ll need some cash—and a valid photo I.D. for alcohol purchases. But again, if you have a craving for something special, you’re allowed to leave and go get a burger, pizza, or seafood at nearby restaurants and come back later. There will be plenty of porta-pots, including ADA accessible facilities.
Where can I park?
There’s plenty of parking at the Cleveland municipal lots of E. 3rd (where Browns fans usually go). Expect to pay more at lots in close proximity to the Malls. LYFT is a good idea—but taking an RTA bus or train into downtown is an even better plan. The Malls are within walking distance of RTA’s Tower City station. If you're traveling, there are plenty of hotels you can Google. Even if they're a couple miles outside of downtown, you can always hop the rapid transit.
What time does my favorite band go on?
Again, check the event website for anticipated set times. Lineups and times are subject to change, but what you see there is a good guideline.