Rock the Garden music festival names its temporary home for 2016


Rock the Garden is getting away from its garden, at least for this year.

The Twin Cities music festival will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Boom Island along the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis.

The move isn't a surprise – there's construction going on at the Walker Art Center, which includes almost all of the Sculpture Garden's works being hauled away until work is done in 2017.

In 2014, the festival expanded to a two-day deal – that won't be the case for this year, at least.

Philip Bither, Director and McGuire Senior Curator for Performing Arts at the Walker, said in an email news release they're "so pleased" to have Boom Island as a "temporary location" for Rock the Garden – adding they look forward to returning to the newly renovated Walker space in 2017.

No word on the lineup yet – that'll be announced on Tuesday, April 5, according to the release. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. that day to members of the Walker Art Center and The Current (both of whom have sponsored the festival since 2008).

Tickets will be available to the public the next day at 10 a.m.

“We’re really excited to venture into a new location and experiment with the staging and format of Rock the Garden this year,” said Jim McGuinn, program director for The Current, in the release.

The first Rock the Garden was back in 1998, and was launched by the Walker. The Current came on board a decade later as a co-sponsor.

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