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Middle Of The Map Fest 2019 Line-up, Iconic Female Voices & Local Favorites

Dates: Oct. 4-5, 2019

Venues: CrossroadsKC • Grinders • RecordBar • The Brick • 18th Street Union • Messenger Coffee • Songbird Cafe & more

Snail Mail performed at The Granada in Lawrence, KS on July 17, 2019, and will return to Kansas City for Middle of The Map Fest on Oct. 4 -5. (Benji Bloom/KJHK)

Middle of The Map Fest (MOTM) returns to Kansas City for its ninth straight year, ramping up for another two days of fantastic music in one of their most vibrant cultural districts. Started in 2011 as a joint venture between KC’s Ink magazine and The Record Machine, MOTM has since then grown to include 60+ diverse acts.

This year’s headliners feature some iconic female voices of the current lo-fi and indie scene — Clairo, Snail Mail and Beadadoobee — setting a dreamy, contemplative mood, perfect for the end of summer 2019.

Over the years, the festival has always featured internationally recognized headliners such as Spoon, Vince Staples, OK Go, Iron and Wine, but is still ultimately the gathering place for up-and-coming local favorites — many of which have come through KJHK.

Here are some of our favorite artists to look out for at this year’s Middle of The Map Fest:


The Fey

The Lincoln, Nebraska-based soul band features a new age-rock sound, which blends beautifully with influences of r&b, hip hop and pop music. The Fey will take you on a groove that will have you nodding the whole time.

Josh Berwanger

Berwanger serves up some high-energy power pop, with moments of introspection. Make sure to catch him and his charming, melodic jams this year at MOTM.

Hannah Norris and The Band

Hannah Norris and the Band plays some emotionally-charged classic rock sounds combined with a touch of punk and folk. Be sure you’re wearing your favorite jean jacket and lighting a zippo for this.

Jo Mackenzie

15-year-old singer/songwriter Jo Mackenzie is no stranger to writing a catchy melody and chorus. This Kansas City native really is a pop musical prodigy that can write songs that’ll be in your head for days.

Full festival tickets are now priced at $39.50 and VIP tickets are priced at $75.00 — you can get them here.


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