He confirmed the new music on Twitter
Justin Vernon has revealed that Bon Iver will play a set of entirely new music at Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin this August. He revealed the news in a pair of Twitter posts earlier tonight (June 9) which you can see below. It will be the first new material heard from the band since their self-titled album in 2011.
Vernon announced Bon Iver had been working on new material in February, after saying that the band were “winding down” back in 2012. He had previously said the band would not be performing new music at Eaux Claires Festival when the show was originally announced earlier this year, in an interview with Billboard.
He said, “We’re not just gonna play the same set we did last year. I’ve been working on music, you know, man. It takes a long time, and I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it means to me, and until that happens I won’t really know exactly what sharing it will look like or feel like or when.
“There’s sort of this internal pressure, not from anybody but myself, to come out with new music for the festival. But I’m not gonna make myself do anything. I really have to take it step by step and have patience and know that the music—if it comes out, it’s gotta be really true, it’s gotta really live with the other records and extend from them and be reborn and all that.”
Eaux Claires Festival is the event Vernon runs himself, and will take place across the weekend of August 11-12. He will also perform there with James Blake under the name of their 2011 collaboration, Fall Creek Boys Choir.