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80/35 music festival returning to Des Moines

The festival is set for July 8-9 at Western Gateway Park.

DES MOINES, Iowa — After two cancellations due to COVID-19, the 80/35 Music Festival will return this July for Iowa music lovers. 

The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMCC) made the official announcement Friday.

DMCC executive director Mickey Davis said organizers are still working out exact times, but the festival will start around 5 p.m. Friday and resume around noon Saturday.

He said the feeling heading into next year is "cautious optimism." 

"Many people are feeling a hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us," Davis said. "Hopefully next year, we see a summer where things are really kind of back to normal, and people are out supporting live music at our festival, at the art festival, at other festivals around town." 

There is no word yet on the lineup or when tickets will go on sale, but just like in previous years, there will be early-bird deals.

"I think the best thing about music is that it can really be a soundtrack to any moment in your life. But there's something so special about live music," Davis added. "There's something about the celebratory nature of it, there's something about watching the performers, you know, watching a musician sing the song that you love... There's just nothing like it," he said.

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