Eaux Claires Music Festival, part deux, coming next year

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Music fans are excited to hear that Justin Vernon, the front man for Bon Iver, is planning the second Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival next year in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He made the announcement in the form of a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning.

Here’s the message posted on the festival website:

“With excitement and gratitude, we can now announce: Eaux Claires is returning to the Chippewa Valley, August 12th and 13th, 2016.”

Few people were surprised to hear that the festival, which was wildly successful in its first year, is going to happen again. And the organizers had dropped some hints in the past few days, such as this tweet from Tuesday:

The inaugural two-day festival in mid-July – which featured a couple dozen musical acts that spanned genres like country, rap, gospel, folk and pop – attracted more than 20,000 people and got rave reviews, according to the Current.

The festival, which is curated by Vernon and Aaron Dessner of the National, is billed as more than just music.

“Eaux Claires is a two-day, multi-stage experience featuring live music, performance art, visual art, food and more,” organizers say on the festival website.

It’s also an all-ages event, with children and families welcome.

The 2016 version will be a few weeks later, on Aug. 12-13, to avoid conflicting with some other big music festivals that usually take place in July, according to the Star Tribune. It’ll be at the same place, Foster Farm, just outside of Eau Claire.

The lineup of artists won’t be announced until early next year. But for those who can’t wait to reserve a spot, a limited number of tickets will be on sale starting Oct. 22.

Some reaction on Twitter:

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