After a three-year absence, the Middle Waves Music Festival will take place June 17 and 18 at the Foellinger Theatre campus, festival organizers said Friday.
After postponing the festival in 2019 for extra planning and in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19, festival organizers said they were shaking things up this year with the new location.
“We're so excited to host Middle Waves 2022 on the Foellinger Theatre Campus,” said Beth McAvoy, festival co-chair, in a statement. “We're known for giving festival-goers a unique experience and we're excited to use a community gem in a new way.”
Presented by Sweetwater Sound, Middle Waves features more than 20 performers on two paid stages and one free stage.
“Our parks are places where people can connect with each other and appreciate artistic expression,” said Steve McDaniel, Fort Wayne parks and recreation director. “These experiences are needed now more than ever, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is happy to be a part of the return of Middle Waves to our community.”
Organizers said the Middle Waves board is in communication with the Department of Health “and is working to stay on top of any changes that could affect the event. We remain hopeful that because of the outdoor nature of our event, that we will be able to carry out our plans.”
Tickets can be purchased online at MiddleWaves.com. Two-day general admission passes are now available for $85 and two-day VIP passes are available for $165. Prices will increase in early spring after the lineup is announced and again on June 10.
Previously purchased tickets for the postponed 2020 festival will automatically transfer from Eventbrite to Ticketmaster in early February, the statement said. Current Eventbrite ticket holders will have until Feb. 4 to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request any refunds before tickets transfer to the new system.
This will be the fourth Middle Waves festival; previous performers have included The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Dr. Dog, Lizzo, and IDLES.
The festival's three stages include the main St. Marys Stage presented by Parkview Health, the St. Joseph Stage and the Maumee Stage. A paid ticket is required for entry into the St. Marys and St. Joseph stages. The Maumee Stage and some art experiences will be free and open to the public.
The presenting sponsor for Middle Waves 2022 is Sweetwater Sound. Other sponsors include Parkview Health, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Three Rivers FCU, Lincoln Financial Group, Steel Dynamics Inc., Ash Brokerage, NIPSCO and The James Foundation.