Muncie MusicFest

Muncie MusicFest

September 30th, 2016 in Muncie, IN

41 bands 10 stages 6 locations Free admission
Presented by First Merchants Bank and First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors

Muncie MusicFest 2016 is Today!

Muncie MusicFest 2016 poster

September 30th, 2016 Today's the big day! Here's a handy list of what you need to do to have the best Em Em Eff experience:

  • Round up a posse of friends and family
  • Plan to arrive at Cornerstone Center for the Arts (520 E. Main) when doors open at 4pm
  • Consult the schedule and see as many of the 21 awesome bands performing there as you can manage
  • Snag some food and drinks while you're there, provided by Rolling Luau Hawaiian BBQ, Big Daddy's Dogs, and The Mark III Tap Room
  • Pick one or two venues from the list of Muncie MusicFest's night-phase locations:
    • Village Green Records (prog rock, 8-10pm)
    • The Acoustic Room (hip-hop, 9pm-2am)
    • Big Shots Ballroom (country and Americana, 9pm-12am)
    • The Mark III Tap Room (electronic dance music, 9pm-1am)
    • Valhalla Venue (blues, 8pm-12am)
  • Spend the rest of the night enjoying free, local music and helping us celebrate Muncie's music community

Big thanks to The Star Press and The Ball State Daily News for their coverage of Muncie MusicFest 2016!

2016 Lineup Announced

The MMF 2016 lineup

August 29th, 2016 We're almost finished booking this year's festival, but we're too antsy to wait any longer to announce what we have so far. Check out the 2016 lineup to see what bands you'll be able to see for free on September 30th at our seven festival locations. The 2016 schedule is also available so you can start planning your concert itinerary now.

Our lineup features rock, metal, indie, country, americana, blues, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, and even ventures out into such diverse musical territories as chamber-folk, jungle, chiptune, and psychobilly. We have new, up-and-coming bands as well as established Muncie favorites. We have touring bands that have made an impact on the Muncie music community in the past. You'll find music to bring your grandparents to see and music that will give children nightmares. You'll find stages where you'll be invited to sit and relax, and you'll find energetic dancefloors to join.

On behalf of all of the Muncie MusicFest bands and the festival planning crew, we hope that you'll join us on September 30th to help celebrate all that the Muncie music community is in 2016.

Booking Underway, Volunteer Signup Now Open

Yay! Volunteering!

August 8th, 2016 The band application deadline has ended, and we're now hard at work getting confirmations from bands so we can announce an official lineup. 90 bands have applied to perform and we only have room to book 40 to 50 of them, so we're putting a lot of effort into getting a good, representative mix of both well-known and up-and-coming bands, bands from Muncie and out-of-town bands that have a following in Muncie, bands for the younger crowd and older folks, and bands from every major genre. Sadly, we can't book all of the bands that we want to (and saying no to half of the applicants is heartbreaking), but we have a preliminary lineup that we think everyone will really enjoy, which includes rock, metal, indie, country, americana, blues, folk, electronic, and hip-hop.

So hang tight, and expect announcements about this year's lineup soon.

In the mean time, consider signing up as a festival volunteer and helping us make the tenth year of this festival a success.

Band Applications Now Being Accepted

Apply to perform

March 30th, 2016 Want to perform at Muncie MusicFest? Submit an application so we know you're interested and so we have all of the information we need in order to book you. We'll end the application period and start booking bands on August 1st, so make sure your application is in before then!

Muncie MusicFest 2016: Ten Years of Music

Muncie MusicFest 2016: Ten Years of Music

March 22nd, 2016 MMF'16 is currently scheduled for Friday, September 30th, 2016 (subject to change while we're lining up our waterfowl).

Stay tuned to and the festival's Facebook page for announcements about MMF 2016. This will be the tenth year of the festival, and we'd like to celebrate that milestone with the biggest, best one yet!

Muncie MusicFest 2015

Muncie MusicFest 2015

October 12th, 2015 A gigantic thank you to every single person who was part of Muncie MusicFest 2015, including the 120+ musicians who shared their craft and passion with us, the innumerable music lovers who showed up to party, the ragtag planning committee who worked for months to help plan, fund, and promote the event, the newspapers, websites, and radio stations who helped get the word out, our sponsors who made a previously-unthinkable free festival possible, the food and drink vendors who kept us fueled all night, and all of the volunteers who ran around helping patrons, managing stages, emceeing, cleaning, lugging equipment, bringing performers water, photographing, and engineering our sound and lighting systems.

It would take all day to list everybody who deserves credit and explain how awesome they were at their jobs, big or small, but suffice it to say that Muncie MusicFest 2015 was a giant demonstration that grassroots, independent volunteer efforts can create great things and truly grow our community. I hope that this year's success will inspire people to contribute some of their time and energy to helping their local arts and entertainment scene by volunteering to help run upcoming events, by supporting existing community projects, or by creating brand new ways to make the world a little bit better, easier, more connected, more beautiful, and more full of music.

Graham Watson
Muncie MusicFest Torchbearer 2007-2015