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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8:00 am

Big name artists like Foster the People, Tyler the Creator, Alt-J, Vance Joy and Wavves are just some of the many performers scheduled for this year’s Mo Pop music festival at Detroit’s West Riverfront Park on July 29 and July 30.

This year’s festival will also feature many local artists, including Detroit’s Stef Chura and Humons, alongside Grand Rapids’ Heaters and Kalamazoo’s Michigander.

“Anyone who attends Mo Pop Festival can anticipate some of the hottest national and international bands in indie, hip-hop, rock and R&B for two full days on the beautiful Detroit RiverFront,” MoPop Marketing Director Nick Trentacost said. “Not to mention a vast custom eating and drinking experience, an air-conditioned free play classic arcade, Craft Village and amazing interactions all weekend long with people in the heart of the city.”

“I think this will most likely be the biggest crowd I've gotten to play for,” front man for the band Michigander, Jason Singer said. “I’m just excited to play for a lot of new faces.”

Producer Ardalan Sedghi of the band Humons said Mo Pop will be a big step for his band.

“We are going to play three tracks from the last record, Spectra EP, and we will be performing three new tracks live. It will be the first time we are playing the new tracks live so we're looking forward play those for a crowd,” Sedghi said.

Mo Pop won’t just be about the music. Citizen Yoga will host an open class on festival grounds during the event, The Detroit Dart Club will provide games and Ink Addict plans to give free temporary tattoos and put up an art wall where festival goers can “leave their mark.”

Trentacost said the festival has also expanded its eating experience this year by adding pop-ups from Ferndale purveyors of street tacos, Imperial, and the Detroit BBQ staple Slows.

Mo Pop also enhanced its drink offerings with its very first limited release of “Mo Pop Festipale Ale,” brewed by Birmingham’s Griffin Claw Brewing Company.

Blake’s Hard Cider will also be in attendance to release their cult favorite Black Philip, and Detroit’s Sugar House craft cocktail bar will be recreating its famous atmosphere onsite at the festival.

Single day and weekend tickets are now available for sale at the Mo Pop festival website. Weekend tickets are $125, and one-day passes are $90. According to the website, School of Rock, an organization dedicated to teaching music to children, is offering free admission to all children ages 12 and younger.

Festival doors will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

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