Detroit Riverfront Park New Home for Music Festival
The Detroit Riverfront has been revitalized by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, and now the lands are the perfect location to host music festivals of 40,000 people or more. Right now the area along West Jefferson and between First and 6th will provide the sites for the main stage, and a second stage. Being close to the Joe Lewis Arena, Comerica Park, The Fox Theatre, and the new Red Wings Arena will provide plenty of parking space for concert goers.
The indie-rock festival Mo Pop will be holding its annual event at this new location, moving from the previous venue at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights. Get ready for the fest from July 24 to 26. Exciting bands such as Modest Mouse and Passion Pit are headlining the fest. There’s more than music at this festival, attendees can expect to sample from the many food trucks and microbreweries setting up on site. Unique crafts can be purchased at the craft fair, and an art installation will present local and national artists’ wares and displays.
The West Riverfront park has also attracted the notice for producers of Movement, a spring electronic music festival held at Hart Plaza for the past ten years. Plans are in the works to renovate Hart Plaza, so the Movement festival may be temporarily moved to West Riverfront park next year. Last August the park held it’s first R&B music event, headlined by Kem. Kem only gave praise to the venue, saying it was ideal for musical events. The Riverfront Park is the perfect location to host music festivals to due its vast 20 acres that can hold up to 40,000 people at a time. The location offers picturesque views of the Detroit skyline, and has lush green parks where multiple stages can be set up. It’s easy to access by car or transit, with plenty of parking. Adjacent fields and decks are perfect for additional attractions and vendors.
The Riverfront Park was originally the Free Press Printing Plant, before being sold to the Conservancy Branch in 2007. It was demolished, and a public park created in its spot. The Conservancy team acknowledges that many residents live in the area, and they want to have a wide range of events and festivals for them, not just focusing on music festivals. They intend to preserve the idea that the park remains open for families to enjoy year-round. More work remains to do on the park, including reinforcing the seawall, and rebuilding the foot path along it. Supporting buildings are also planned, including washroom facilities and snack bars. West Riverfront currently has no running water or a power grid, so everything will need to be transported in, and built from the grass up to hold a concert festival.
Local residents are excited by the changes and revitalization of Detroit’s riverfront region, and look forward to the latest developments. Tickets are currently being sold for the Mo Pop Festival, with more events on the way.