For four days over the first weekend in August, the hills of St. Charles will once more fill with music and festival goers when the Hinterland Music Festival returns for 2022.
Scheduled to run from Thursday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 7, this year’s Hinterland Music Festival boasts more than 30 performing acts. Passes for the event range from $99 for a single-day pass to $250 for a general admission four-day pass to $1,500 for a Saints pass, which offers unlimited free drinks, catered meals, tent camping and more.
After the 2021 festival drew criticism from attendees who reported issues ranging from a lack of parking spaces to a shortage of food, it was announced that organizers plan to triple the amount of parking and increase the number of food vendors on site this year, among other changes.
What is Hinterland?
Hinterland is a multi-day music festival put on by Sam Summers, who owns Wooly’s in the East Village and the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. Summers originally launched the music festival in 2015. Since, he’s attracted artists such as Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Hozier, Maggie Rogers, Sturgill Simpson, TV on the Radio, Brandi Carlile, Dwight Yoakam and Tyler Childers.
Where is Hinterland Music Festival?
Hinterland Music Festival is held at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in Saint Charles, about 31 miles south of Des Moines on I-35.
How many people were at Hinterland in 2021?
In 2021 the festival drew roughly 14,000 attendees.
What can I bring to Hinterland?
Festival-goers can bring empty water bottles or camel packs, blankets, legless chairs, backpacks, digital cameras, sunblock, bug spray, strollers, masks and hand sanitizer, according to festival organizers. On the list of things not permitted are chairs, smoking, glass, Styrofoam, drones, drugs, laser pointers, knives, weapons, fireworks, professional cameras, sun tents, umbrellas, coolers, wagons, outside food, and pets, except service animals.
How much do Hinterland tickets cost?
Single-day tickets are $99. Four-day tickets are $250. Hinterland also has VIP tickets with food options, camping options, and more. Find tickets online.
Who is playing at Hinterland 2022?
For those interested in attending this year’s St. Charles-based music festival, here’s what to know about the performers featured in this year’s line-up.
Hinterland lineup Thursday, Aug. 4
HEADLINER: Closing out the night at 9:15 p.m. is Billy Strings, a Michigan-originating bluegrass musician known for songs like “The Great Divide” and “Dust in a Baggie.” This stop in Iowa comes directly between two sold-out performances in Indianapolis and Minneapolis respectively on his current tour.
The guitarist previously came to Des Moines in March of 2016 when he played Vaudeville Mews. In 2021, Strings won a Grammy award for his 2019 album, “Home.”
4:15 p.m. — Country musician Nick Shoulders is known for songs like “Snakes and Waterfalls” and “Too Old to Dream.” His latest album, “Home on the Rage,” was released last year.
5:15 p.m. — Riddy Arman is an up-and-coming country artist originally from Montana. She put out her latest album, a self-titled release, last year with songs like “Too Late to Write a Love Song” and “Old Maid’s Draw.”
6:15 p.m. — The Texas Gentlemen is a rock/pop band with a sound derived from hits from the ’60s and ’70s having released songs like “Habbie Doobie” and “Bondurant Women.” The group’s latest album, titled “Floor It!” was released in 2020.
7:30 p.m. — Hailing from Tennessee by way of West Virginia, Sierra Ferrell is a country artist who’s released songs like “Jeremiah” and “In Dreams” as part of her 2021 album, “Long Time Coming.” Her single, “Hey Me, Hey Mama,” was released earlier this year.
TBD — Stand-up comedian Joe Pera, famous for his Adult Swim show “Joe Pera Talks With You,” will be performing Thursday on the Campfire Stage. A time for Pera’s performance had yet to be confirmed.
Hinterland lineup Friday, Aug. 5
HEADLINER: The British band Glass Animals will take the stage as the headliners for the night at 9:45 p.m. Though the band has been around since 2010, the past couple of years has marked a rise in notoriety for the group.
The band is famous for songs like “Heat Waves” and “Goey,” the former of which appeared on the band’s 2020 album, “Dreamland.” “Heat Waves” also netted the group a Grammy nomination earlier this year.
2:30 p.m. — Yoke Lore is the stage name for indie performer Adrian Galvin, who formerly performed as a drummer in the pop band “Walk the Moon,” famous for the 2014 song “Shut Up and Dance.” As Yoke Lore, Galvin has released songs such as “Beige” and “Goodpain.”
3:30 p.m. — Petey is a rock/hip-hop artist also known for his comedy. Some of his notable releases include “Lean Into Life” and “Don’t Tell the Boys.” He released his single “Big Bad!” earlier this year.
4:30 p.m. — Electronic-indie performer Goth Babe — known for songs such as “Weekend Friend” and “Sometimes” — is another entry in the Friday lineup at Hinterland.
5:30 p.m. — Now an established indie performer, some may be familiar with Briston Maroney from appearing on season 13 of “American Idol.” Some of Maroney’s most noteworthy songs include “Freakin’ Out On the Interstate” and “Small Talk.” Maroney released the deluxe edition of his album “Sunflower,” earlier this year.
6:45 p.m. — An alt-pop band hailing from Utah, the Aces is a four-person girl band. The group’s latest album is “Under My Influence” released in 2020 and the group’s single, “Girls Make Me Wanna Die,” was released earlier this year.
8 p.m. — A late addition to the Hinterland lineup for this year — taking the place of Rainbow Kitten Surprise — Turnstile is an indie/alt band that boasts hardcore influences. Songs such as “Mystery” and “Blackout” have been standouts on the band’s 2021 album, “Glow On.”
Hinterland lineup Saturday, Aug. 6
HEADLINER: The main attraction for Saturday night, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, will play at 9:30 p.m. led by the Rateliff, who grew up in Missouri and is now based out of Colorado. Rateliff is also a solo folk artist who’s put out songs like “And It’s Still Alright” and “Redemption.”
The soul-rock group, formed in 2015, has produced songs such as “S.O.B.” and “You Worry Me.” The band’s latest album, “The Future” was released in 2021.
11:30 a.m. — Miko Marks is a country singer born in Flint, Michigan, whose latest album, “Our Country” was released last year, more than a decade after her previous album.
12:30 p.m. — Country music singer-songwriter Jesse Daniel released his self-named debut album in 2018 and, in 2021, released his latest album “Beyond These Walls.”
His appearance at the Hinterland Music Festival is proceeded by two other Iowa performances in Iowa City and Davenport on Aug. 2 and 3 respectively. He’ll also be playing the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4.
1:30 p.m. — TK & The Holy Know-Nothings is a country group led by Taylor Kingman, a songwriter and musician from Portland, Oregon. The group’s album, “The Incredible Heat Machine,” was released last year.
2:30 p.m. — Born in Oregon and based out of Nashville, Mat Kearney is a pop performer who’s released hits such as “Ships in the Night” and “Nothing Left to Lose.” He previously played central Iowa as part of the Des Moines Arts Festival in 2015.
3:45 p.m. — Durand Jones & the Indications is an R&B group from Indiana and have since achieved a decade of experience performing. The band’s musical catalog includes “Is It Any Wonder?” and “Don’t You Know.” The group’s latest album, “Private Space,” was released last year.
5 p.m. — Indie-rock musician Jenny Lewis, who first entered the public eye as a child actor in the ’80s, has been performing for roughly two decades. Notable songs from the artist include “Just One of the Guys” and “Acid Tongue.” Lewis appeared in central Iowa in 2015 during the 80/35 Music Festival.
6:30 p.m. — Trampled by Turtles is a folk/bluegrass band hailing from Minnesota that released its latest album, “Life is Good on the Open Road,” in 2018. The band is behind songs such as “Wildflowers” and “Wait So Long.” The group also played Lauridsen Amphitheater in Water Works Park last summer.
8 p.m. — Lake Street Dive is an indie-rock group that’s been performing for nearly two decades. Some of the band’s most noteworthy releases include “You Go Down Smooth” and “Good Kisser.” The group’s latest album, “Obviously,” released in 2021. Lake Street Dive has played Des Moines previously and appeared in the 2016 Hinterland Music Festival line-up.
TBA — Traveling from Texas, Vinyl Ranch is a disco-country act created Dave Wrangler. The group will be playing the Campfire Stage on Friday. As of this reporting, a time for the performance has yet to be confirmed.
Hinterland lineup Sunday, Aug. 7
HEADLINER: Phoebe Bridgers closes out the final day of this year’s Hinterland Music Festival at 9 p.m. The indie-pop musician found mainstream fame in 2017 following her appearance at South by Southwest and the release of her debut album, “Stranger in the Alps” that year.
Since then, she’s released songs like “Motion Sickness” and “Kyoto” and garnered Grammy nominations. Her latest album, “Punisher” was released in 2020. Bridges came to Des Moines in 2018 for 80/35 Music Festival.
Noon — Hayden Pedigo is a guitarist out of Amarillo, Texas, who — at the age of 24 — became the subject of the 2021 documentary “Kid Candidate,” which recounted his bid for city councilor. His latest album, “Letting Go,” was released late last year.
1 p.m. — The Kernal is a southern-rock act led by Tennessee’s Joe Garner, a singer-songwriter. The Kernal’s album “Listen to the Blood” was released early this year.
2 p.m. — Tré Burt is a folk music singer-songwriter based out of Sacramento whose debut album, “Caught It from the Rye” came out in 2020, followed by “You, Yeah, You” last year. His songs include works like “Sweet Misery” and “Under the Devil’s Knee.”
3 p.m. — An indie-rock artist with a psychedelic flavor, Liz Cooper previously released music under the band title Liz Cooper & The Stampede. Her songs include “Mountain Man” and “Modern Chemistry.” Cooper’s latest album is “Hot Sass.”
4:15 p.m. — Under the name Muna, this indie-pop trio has been performing since college. The group has released songs such as “Silk Chiffon” and “I Know a Place,” the former of which features fellow Hinterland 2022 performer Phoebe Bridgers.
5:45 p.m. — Lucy Dacus is an indie singer-songwriter whose catalog of releases includes songs include the likes of “Night Shift” and “Souvenir.” Her latest album, “Home Video” was released in 2021.
7:15 p.m. — Kurt Vile & The Violators is a folk-rock group, led by multi-instrumentalists and founding member of the War on Drugs, Kurt Vile. Vile has released songs “Pretty Pimpin” and “Wakin On A Pretty Day.” His latest album, “Watch My Moves” came out earlier this year.
TBA — Tim Heidecker, of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show,” has released songs like “Work from Home” and “Sirens of Titan,” which also featured fellow 2022 Hinterland performer Kurt Vile. Heidecker will be performing on the Campfire Stage on Sunday. A time for the performance was not posted.