We’d be lying if we said we’re not writing this at 3 A.M. on the night before the festival. But we’re doing it anyway because we think you’re pretty cool. We’ve been up to no good working on a new game for one of our future events, but it’s time to balance things out by providing you with everything you need to know before Day 1 of Cincinnati’s beloved Bunbury Music Festival. We have a media pass to cover the weekend, so we hope to see you around. Yes, it’s time to find out what all the buzz has been about for the past couple of months…

Wristband Payment

For the first time ever, Bunbury is going cashless. Due to the epic lines in previous years, they’ve gone out of the way to implement this cutting-edge technology, and also speed up the lines. You will enter the venue with your wristband instead of tickets and you can even load money to the account online to allow easy payments with all the vendors. All the money left in the account with be redistributed back to you after the event’s final day. Yes, the future is now. Pro tip: so that you can start drinking and eating asap, you may want to register your wristband online as vendors will not accept cash payments this year.

Craft Beer Village

If you love Cincinnati’s craft beer scene, you’re in luck. Everyone from Braxton to 50 West will be in the house, and they’ll be bringing plenty of seasonals with them; perfect for sipping on while checking out all the music that your heart desires. Our recommendation: Braxton’s Storm Cream Ale. Light and refreshing, it’ll be perfect for cooling you off after being in the crowds for a bit.


It’s looking like it’s going to be pretty solid tomorrow! The sun won’t sting you too badly (heh) and the rain’s going to hold out until Saturday, so you won’t have to build an ark yet. Just make sure to wear comfortable and cool clothes, because it’s still going to top out in the mid-80’s.

Local spotlight


Although not from Cincinnati, Red Wanting Blue is from nearby Columbus and we highly recommend them. If you’re a fan of folk or country, you’ll love the unique style that they bring to the table. After recently playing at Braxton’s 1st Year Anniversary Party, they’re sure to make this feel like a hometown show despite being from outside our city’s confines.

Related: 5 Underrated Bands You Have to Check Out at Bunbury


As if we needed to tell you, The Killers will be closing out the night, and they’re sure to make it a memorable evening for everyone. With a number of songs both new and old to choose from, you’re sure to jam out to some of your old school favorites such as “When You Were Young,” you’ll probably be overcome with a sense of nostalgia at times, so soak it all in.

Who do you plan to see today at Bunbury?  Let us know in the comments and maybe we’ll see you there!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…



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