Minnesota Yacht Club Festival lineup, ticket prices announced

Yacht Club Festival Friday lineup

Yacht Club Festival Friday lineup

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - We finally know who is playing at the inaugural Minnesota Yacht Club Festival on July 19 and 20 at Harriet Island in St. Paul. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, and Alanis Morissette will headline the two-day music festival. Take a look below for the full lineup of bands and ticket options.

Yacht Club Festival – Friday night lineup

Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morisette, The Black Crowes, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Head & The Heart, Durry, Morgan Wade, Michigander, Gully Boys, Harbor & Home.

Yacht Club Festival – Saturday night lineup

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Hippo Campus, Gary Clark Jr., The Hold Steady, Soul Asylum, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Wilderado, Nico Vega, Irontom.

Ticket options and prices

The ticket presale begins Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. CT. A general on-sale will follow at 11 a.m. CT for any remaining tickets. One-day or two-day general admission tickets are available, as well as general admission "plus", VIP, Riverboat VIP, and Platinum tiers. Presale passcodes are available at MinnesotaYachtClubFestival.com . 

General admission is $135 for one day or $215 for both days.

GA+ ($285 / $330) provides access to the GA+ Lounge with "relaxed seating, air-conditioned restrooms, private bar and dedicated food for purchase." 

VIP   ($495 / $675) offers all GA+ amenities "plus access to an exclusive viewing platform at the main stage, dedicated entry lane into the festival, unlimited access to the VIP Lounge and more." 

Platinum ($925 / $1,395)  tickets offer all VIP amenities "plus front-of-stage viewing at the main stage, exclusive viewing at the second stage soundboard with select complimentary beverages, unlimited access to the air-conditioned Platinum Lounge at Wigington Pavilion with indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary full-service bar and all-day dining, and a dedicated Platinum Concierge to assist with any festival needs."

Riverboat VIP (21+, $595 / $825) "offering guaranteed exclusive access to Padelford Riverboats with relaxed seating, shade, private restrooms and a 60-minute cruise along the river with complimentary margarita happy hour and DJ set on the Padelford Riverboats, among other VIP amenities."


Chili peppers, alanis top '90s-heavy lineup for first minnesota yacht club festival in st. paul.

Gen-X music fans seem to be steering the ship for the inaugural Minnesota Yacht Club festival, which announced its lineup Tuesday with such 1990s-era names at the top as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, the Black Crowes and the Offspring.

The maiden voyage of the nautical-themed festival — paddleboats and the Mississippi riverfront are part of its branding — is scheduled for July 19-20 on Harriet Island across from downtown St. Paul. Twenty bands will perform on two stages over a Friday and Saturday in the city-owned park.

Along with Tuesday's lineup reveal came word on when fans can first buy tickets to the festival. Presale options for two-day passes begin Friday at 10 a.m. via minnesotayachtclubfest.com , where concertgoers can sign up now for access. Initial prices are $135 for single-day general-admission tickets or $215 for two-day, while VIP options range from $285 to $925.

Extra anticipation has been built up for the Minnesota Yacht Club lineup since it was revealed the event is being put on by C3 Presents , the Live Nation-affiliated company behind such marquee U.S. festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Shaky Knees.

Twin Cities music lovers have long felt slighted by not having a big music bash in town like those, especially after homegrown festivals such as Soundset, Rock the Garden and the Basilica Block Party were sidelined. Live Nation tried to launch one in 2012 on Harriet Island, River's Edge, but the festival was canceled after just one lackluster year.

"Major" might be a debatable term when it comes to the artists on the newly announced lineup, but there is certainly ample familiarity with the biggest names.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will headline Saturday, are Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who drew 35,000 to their U.S. Bank Stadium show last year. Saturday is also when "Self-Esteem" punk rockers the Offspring, Texas guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr., Hippo Campus, the Hold Steady and Soul Asylum are scheduled to perform.

The Friday lineup's top names, Morissette and Stefani, each put a feminist spin on angsty rock playlists in the 1990s, the former with her megahit album "Jagged Little Pill" and the latter with singles by her old band No Doubt, including "Just a Girl" and "It's My Life."

Not entirely a nostalgic affair, the Minnesota Yacht Club lineup also features some younger touring acts making a buzz in recent years, including Michigander, Nico Vega and Wilderado. C3 bookers also pulled in two newcomer rock acts making waves in the Twin Cities scene, Durry and Gully Boys.

One-day tickets to the festival will be sold after the initial round of two-day passes go on sale. The prices will be split up into different tiers, with extra options including VIP and "GA+" passes offering lounges and restrooms.

In keeping with the "yacht club" theme, there will even be a 21-and-up only pass option called "Riverboat VIP," which will include rides on paddleboats during the event — yet another sign that Twin Cities concertgoers are entering new waters with this ambitious festival.

Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough for Prince to shout him out during "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)." The St. Paul native authored the book "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom" and previously worked as a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas.

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