Westword Music Showcase expands in 2021: Actions in Denver

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The Westword Music Showcase returns in September 2021.

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We are back.

After a one-year hiatus in 2020, the Westword Music Showcase, which has grown to be the city’s largest one-day music festival since it began nearly thirty years ago, will return this September with more music – including more than fifty of Denver’s best acts – as well as one Killer main stage lineup, an additional festival night and a new location.

In short, the 2021 Showcase promises to be bigger and better than ever, a huge two-day festival that will take over the RiNo Art District and the Mission Ballroom area. As one of the top venues in the country, the Mission opened with awards in 2019 and is making a strong comeback after the pandemic.

On Friday, September 17th, the showcase will feature dozen of local acts at venues across the RiNo Art District. As you go to various bars and clubs to listen to bands, the streets get filled with live painting, interactive art, food and drink vendors, and more. Whatever your musical tastes, there is something for you to discover from punk, metal and rock to hip-hop, R&B, indie, jazz, alternative, country, folk, bluegrass and electronics. The lineup for Friday evening will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Young the Giant will headline the Westword Music Showcase in 2021.  - ERIC RYAN ANDERSON

Young the Giant will headline the Westword Music Showcase in 2021.

Eric Ryan Anderson

On Saturday, September 18, the festival will move to the Mission Ballroom Outdoors, where national headliners Young the Giant, Thundercat, Hippo Campus and Matoma will partake in the sun for a full day on multiple main stages with some of Denver’s best local bands become .

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Many of Denver’s tastiest restaurants and food trucks will serve food and drinks will flow into the on-site bars.

If that doesn’t fill you up, take advantage of a Weekender Package that includes a special late-night finale at the Mission Ballroom where you can dance your way into a state of ecstasy with Kaytranada and Duke Dumont.

Now is the time to get in on the action during the special pre-sale for devout Westword readers. There are several packages for people of all budgets, from the free Friday night locals only ticket to the VIP ticket that gives you special access to viewing areas and other amenities, to the Weekender package that gives you access to all the festivities, including the Finale in the Mission Ballroom.

Visit the Westword Music Showcase online to get advance tickets and explore all festival packages. The pre-sale code is “localmusic”. Tickets will go fast so act now.

See you in the streets.

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