Middle Waves Music Festival announces 2022 lineup

After a three-year hiatus, the Middle Waves Music Festival in Fort Wayne will return in June.

Young the Giant and Big Boi will headline the festival, along with several other national names and nearly a dozen local artists.

This year’s festival will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Foellinger Theater.

Festival president Katy Silliman says site renovations over the past few years provide the festival with great versatility.

“One, because you won’t have to cross a main street and sneak a beer across the street to see stage two,” Silliman said. “It’s going to be a much more intimate experience, which we’re really excited about. And we have a decent backup plan for the rain.”

Middle Waves debuted in 2016, headlining Best Coast and Flaming Lips for two nights at Headwaters Park.

After declining attendance in subsequent years, the festival took a year off in 2019 with plans to regroup in 2020.

The 2020 festival was going to feature headliners Cold War Kids and Big Boi, serving as a return to the festival and a grand opening event for Electric Works. However, the COVID-19 pandemic also threw cold water this weekend.

Other local and national artists are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.

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