Hinterland Music Festival returns with summer dates, new performers. Tickets on sale Friday

Isaac Hamlet
Des Moines Register

Less than three months after drawing thousands to central Iowa for its 2022 event, the Hinterland Music Festival is already locking plans for next year.

On Tuesday, festival organizers announced dates and performers for this eighth iteration of the event since it kicked off in 2015. The music festival once again plans a return to St. Charles' Saints Amphitheater, 3357 Saint Charles Rd. Here's what we know about the 2023 event so far.

When is Hinterland Music Festival?

Hinterland returns to central Iowa Aug. 4-6, 2023. The festival is returning to a three-day format after scheduling four days in 2022.

The festival originally began as a two-day affair, eventually adding a third day in 2019. Due to COVID-19, Hinterland did not occur in 2020 but returned the next year in its three-day format.

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Who is performing at Hinterland Music Festival in 2023?

Next year's event will include Justin Vernon's folk band Bon Iver, country musician Zach Bryan and another appearance by Maggie Rogers, who also performed at Hinterland in 2019.

Here's a look at the announced performers listed for the 2023 festival by day.

Friday, Aug. 4

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing on Aug. 12, 2016 at the Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His indie folk band will be part of the 2023 Hinterland Music Festival.

Saturday, Aug. 5

Zach Bryan performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Austin. Bryan is schedule to appear on Aug. 5, 2023, as part of the Hinterland Music Festival.
  • Zach Bryan ― Hailing from Oklahoma, Zach Bryan mixes outlaw country with a folk music sound. His most popular songs include "Something in the Orange" and "Heading South." His single, "Starved," was released in October and his latest album, the 34-track release "American Heartbreak," came out in May.
  • Orville Peck ― Peck is a masked performer who's risen in popularity since appearing on the country music scene almost half a decade ago. Raised in South Africa before he and his family eventually moved to Toronto, Peck has become especially iconic as an openly gay artist performing within the genre. Peck previously performed for the Hinterland Music Festival in 2021.
  • Angel Olsen ― Olsen is an alternative music artist who released her debut album, "Half Way Home," in 2012 and has become known for songs such as "Shut Up Kiss Me" and "Some Things Cosmic." Her latest album, "Big Time," came out earlier this year.
  • Noah Kahan ― True to the name of his 2019 debut album title, Kahan has been a "Busyhead," having released two additional albums since then. The folk singer-songwriter's latest single "Stick Season" was released in July and ended up being the title track on his latest October album.
  • The Teskey Brothers ― Despite living a world away from the birthplace of Mowtown, the Australian-based soul and blues group, The Teskey Brothers, cite the genre as a powerful influence. The group's latest studio album, "Run Home Slow," was released in 2019.
  • Joy Oladokun ― Known for blending folk and R&B, Oladokun is an Arizona-raised artist whose debut album "Carry" was funded through Kickstarter. Since then she's performed on NPR's "Tiny Desk" and released her latest album, "In Defense of My Own Happiness," last year.
  • Wilderado ― The indie rock band Wilderado out of Oklahoma came out with a self-titled full studio album in 2021. The songs "Rubble to Rubble" and "Surefire" are two of the group's most popular releases.
  • Patrick Droney ― Described as a soulful pop musician, Droney is an artist from New Jersey whose most noteworthy songs include "All Loved Out" and "On Your Way Home." His latest studio album, "State of the Heart," was released last year.
  • Riley Downing ― A country artist hailing from Missouri, Downing released his debut solo album "Starting Over" last year.
  • Pony Bradshaw ― Bradshaw is a country/blues singer whose second album, titled "Calico Jim," was released last year.
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo ― The sole piece of programming so far announced for the Hinterkids Stage, Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a duo comprised of Bryan Atchison and Neil Olstad who met while attending college in Winona, Minnesota. The pair performs comedic music aimed primarily at kids, like the group's 2021 album "Slow Clap."

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Sunday, Aug. 6

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers from Easton, Maryland performs at Hinterland Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in St. Charles.
  • Maggie Rogers ― An indie-pop folk artist from Maryland, Rogers was announced for the 2019 Hinterland Music Festival a matter of days after the release of her major label album debut "Heard It In a Past Life," which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Now, a few months after the release of her second major studio album, "Surrender," Rogers is announced as being on track to return to the central Iowa music festival. Rogers is known for songs such as "Light On" and "Love You For A Long Time."
  • Wallows ― The rock trio from Los Angeles is known for songs like "Are You Bored Yet?" and "Pleaser." The group's latest album, "Tell Me That It's Over," released early this year.
  • Faye Webster ― This singer-songwriter from Atlanta released her EP "Car Therapy Sessions" earlier this year and has four studio albums.
  • Del Water Gap ― A solo endeavor from artist Samuel Holden Jaffe, Del Water Gap creates alternative indie music. Known for songs such as "High Tops" and "Ode to a Conversation Stuck in Your Throat," the latest album is a self-titled release from last year.
  • Tomberlin ― A Brooklyn, New York-based singer-songwriter recognizable by her gentle acoustic and contemplative lyrics, Tomberlin's latest studio album is "I Don't Know Who Needs to Hear This...," which was released earlier this year.
  • Spill Tab ― The stage name for singer-songwriter Claire Chicha, Spill Tab, released a cover of the Kelly Clarkson song, "Since You've Been Gone." She has also released two EPs, titled "Bonnie" and "Oatmilk." Her latest single, "Splinter" was released earlier this year.
  • Yot Club ― Created by Mississippi artist Ryan Kaiser, Yot Club creates indie music, most notably the song "YKWIM?" which gained popularity on the video-sharing platform TikTok. Yot Club's debut album, "Off the Grid," was released earlier this year.

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How can I get tickets for Hinterland?

People gather before concerts during Hinterland on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 in St. Charles.

Tickets and camping passes for Hinterland Music Festival 2023 are set to go on sale this Friday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., though a presale is scheduled to begin 24 hours before that. Those interested in pre-sale tickets can sign up through

A three-day festival pass starts at $250 and camping passes start at $50, according to organizers. More information about the festival can be found at

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.