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The 6th annual Middle of the Map Fest, a production of Ink magazine and The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this spring with an expanded lineup over 11 days featuring Music, Film and Ideas.  Middle of the Map Fest celebrates the convergence of music and creativity in the heartland. For information about the festival and to purchase tickets visit


This year’s Music Fest will take place May 4-7 starting in Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district and ending downtown and in the crossroads with main stages at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland and CrossroadsKC.  The four-day music festival will feature more than 100 local, national and international artists including Cold War Kids, Zhu, Aimee Mann, Manchester Orchestra, Vince Staples, The Struts and Charles Bradley.  The Music Fest will kick off Wednesday featuring artists at various venues in Westport including Californos, Ernie Biggs, Mills Record Company and Westport Saloon.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will be held at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, CrossroadsKC, The Brick, recordBar and The Tank Room.

2016 Middle of the Map Fest Full Music Line-Up:

Cold War Kids, Manchester Orchestra, Aimee Mann, ZHU, Vince Staples, Charles Bradley, The Struts, The Good Life, Com Truise, STRFKR, San Fermin, Besnard Lakes, Son Little, Big Black Delta, Gallant, La Sera, Sales, Foxes in Fiction, Your Friend, BASSH, Krystle Warren, The Noise FM, Spirit is the Spirit, The Philistines, Westerners, Illphonics, Light Music, Max Justus, Kangaroo Knife Fight, The Free Years, Valley Hush, GGOOLLDD, Kississippi, LA Witch, Sharks In The Deep End, Al Scorch, The Rocketboys, Ford Theater Reunion, Altos, Santah, Me Like Bees, Ensemble Ibérica, SHEL, The Grisly Hand, The Conquerors, Shy Boys, Bonzo Madrid, Heartfelt Anarchy, Duncan Burnett & The RIOT, Yes You Are, Archie Powell & The Exports, Migrant Kids, Annie Ellicott, Baskery, The Sluts, The Phantastics, Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, Various Blonde, Pink Royal, Ebony Tusks, BLK FLANL, Major Games, Real Adults, Second Hand King, Ivory Black, Berwanger, Red Kate, Heidi Lynn Gluck, The Roseline, The Widow’s Ride, Sisters of. , LionMaker, Hipshot Killer, Not a Planet, The Author & The Illustrator, Dreamgirl, Ovaries-eez, Atlas, Jessica Paige, Nicholas St. James, Gracie Schram, Quirk & Ruckus, Cowgirl’s Train Set, Julian Davis, Spencer Mackenzie Brown, Toughies, Roosevelt Dime, Saharan Gazelle Boy, The Hollow Ends, Lauren Anderson, Tracy Huffman and The Walking Sticks, Sugar Britches, Levi Parham, Youth Pool, Amy Farrand & the Like, The Blackbird Revue, My Oh My, Be/Non, Monta at Odds, Jorge Arana Trio, Psychic Heat, Connor Leimer, The People’s Punk Band, Dean Monkey & the Dropouts, Thom Hoskins, Shadow Rabbits, Golden Groves, Theta Intellect, Brother, Tall Tales, Fake Drugs, John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons, Via Luna, Captiva, Fullbloods. Bands and lineup subject to change.

Wednesday and Thursday in Westport: 50+ bands

Friday at CrossroadsKC: Cold War Kids, The Struts and support

Friday at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland: Zhu, Vince Staples and support

Saturday at CrossroadsKC:  Manchester Orchestra, Bassh and support

Saturday at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland: Aimee Mann, Charles Bradley and support

Friday and Saturday in other venues in the Crossroads: 50+ bands 


The Film Fest will be held April 28 – May 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kansas City, Mo.  The Film Fest will be screening a diverse cross-section of curated films. Special guests and fanfare parties will also be hosted throughout the event. This year will feature a special concert with a Middle of the Map favorite, all the way from Japan: Peelander-Z on Thursday, April 28.


Formerly known as “The Forum,” the Ideas portion of the festival returns for its fifth year and features compelling speakers including comedian, actor, musician and star of the hit TV show Portlandia, Fred Armisen at The Uptown Theater on April 27; Aaron Draplin, designer and founder of Field Notes; Tom Vanderbilt, author of You May Also Like and Traffic; and Nolan Gasser, Chief Musicologist from Pandora radio. Draplin,Vanderbilt and Gasser’s presentations will be held at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library May 2 and 3. 


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