At the tail end of October it was revealed that Justin Vernon would be starting up his own music festival, and in a world that's growing ever saturated with new festivals each day, he would have to do quite a bit to make his stand out - and I think he may have done just that. If you fancy a trip to Eau Claire, Wisconsin from July 18-20, you could see The National, The Tallest Man on Earth, Sufjan Stevens, The Staves, and a slew of other fantastic acts.

Vernon spoke to Interview about the inspiration for the festival, saying "You go to Minneapolis and you see probably the most diverse music scene that I've ever seen in the world, and no one is really hating on each other, but everything is extremely far out and way different from each other". He explained further, saying "that scene is very much like what we have here in Eau Claire. We're trying to bring some of it back".

"We at Eaux Claires have been driven by the idea that our festival would encourage music-genre-walls to melt away. That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing inthe arms of our own Chippewa River Valley".

Poliça, Boys Noize, Melt-Banana, Doomtree, Phil Cook, S. Carey, Field Report, Phox, and Colin Stetson will all be there too, and the Indigo Girls will be performing their album Swamp Ophelia in full. The full lineup is available over at Eaux Claires' website, and you can watch an announcement video below.