Vernon says the band's only focus is their show at his own Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has revealed he has no plans for a future Bon Iver album or tour.
Bon Iver have not released an album since ‘Bon Iver’ came out in 2011 and Vernon claimed last year that he may never create music under the name again.
In a new interview with Grantland, Vernon has cast further doubts over the future of Bon Iver.
“I definitely care about the Bon Iver thing a lot,” he said. “But it’s kind of my thing and there’s only so much time you can spend with yourself before you just become an asshole.”
“I’ve been taking it really slow,” he continued. “I just think maybe I ran my course with being able to come up with new moments on the guitar.”
Despite recently suggesting that the band’s forthcoming show at the Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival will signal ‘new life’ for Bon Iver, he explained that it is their only focus and there are no plans for an album or further tour dates.
“Our show is our main focus. We don’t have anything booked after this. We don’t have any plans. We’re not being secretive — we just don’t have any plans. It’s just about, ‘Play the show and put all of our energy into one show’ — for once in my life, let’s just play one fucking show and care just about this one show for a goddamn change,” said Vernon. “As far as putting a record together, I don’t really know what’s happening.”
The Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival has been curated by Vernon himself and will take place this summer on Foster Farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which is his hometown.
The 25,000-capacity event will take place from July 17-18 and feature acts playing on two stages and in one large tent. Vernon has curated the festival line-up himself. In addition to Bon Iver, the lineup features The National, Sufjan Stevens, The Tallest Man on Earth, and more.
Vernon revealed a new Bon Iver song in 2014. ‘Heavenly Father’ featured on the soundtrack to Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here. ‘Heavenly Father’ was the first new Bon Iver material from Vernon since his self-titled 2011 album. It appeared on Braff’s Garden State follow-up alongside songs by The Shins, Cat Power and Coldplay, who collaborated on the title track, ‘Wish I Was Here’.