Justin Vernon confirms upcoming festival date will signal ‘new life’ for Bon Iver

Vernon appears to suggest that group will become active again following four year break

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has confirmed that the forthcoming music festival he has curated will mark the “new life” of the band.

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.


However, in a new interview with Minneapolis’ KARE 11, Vernon suggested that his upcoming performance at the Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival will be the launch pad for a new chapter in the band’s career.

“It’s the perfect platform for us to be like, this is how we’re starting this new cycle, new life of the band. It makes so much sense to start it here,” Vernon said.

The Eaux Claire Music And Arts Festival will take place this summer on Foster Farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which is Vernon’s 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 will curate 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’.