The Return of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest

If you are not excited about Kansas City’s “Middle of the Map Fest” then odds are you haven’t heard of it. The is is the second year for the now annual fest and it’s back bigger than ever! With 80 bands over 3 days, there is a little bit of something for everyone at this years event. Check out the press release below for more information.

April 5-7

80+ Bands. 8 Venues. 10 Stages. 3 Days. $35.

February 1st, Kansas City, MO – Ink magazine, Kansas City’s premier lifestyle and entertainment publication, and The Record Machine, a locally owned record label, are pleased to announce the second annual Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest. This year’s music festival will take place April 5 -7 in Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district and will provide an exceptional lineup of local, national, international and emerging talent from around the globe, including Mission of Burma, Fun, Neon Indian and Fucked Up. Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass (Friday or Saturday) or $35 for a festival pass. All passes are on sale now at

Building on the success of last year’s fest, this year promises to be even more ambitious with 30 more bands and four more venues. Attendees will be able to see a variety of music acts and genres from rock, pop, indie, hip hop, electronic, shoegaze, psych, punk and more. A third day has been added to accommodate the increased roster. The Thursday night kick-off will feature reunions of classic Kansas City bands including Molly McGuire, Season to Risk (Robots Win Era) and The Esoteric. The reunions will continue throughout the weekend with sets from other classic Kansas City bands Reflector and Minus Story.

The festival is the brainchild of The Record Machine label owner Nathan Reusch, who has been releasing music by bands from Kansas City and beyond since April 2003. One of the festival goals was to promote community amongst the Kansas City music scene. In keeping with this spirit, stages have also been curated by local labels Golden Sound Records and Indyground Entertainment. The fest is also bringing home former locals like Nate Harold from Fun and Baby Teardrops led by Matt Dunehoo. This year’s festival will also feature many international acts from Europe, such as Greece shoegazers Keep Shelly in Athens and UK musicians Jonquil and Chad Valley. In addition to The Record Machine and Ink magazine, the festival is also curated by promoters Steve Tulipana (from Record Bar), Neill Smith (from Riot Room) and Terry Taylor (from Hunt Industries).

The 2012 line-up will feature: Mission of Burma, Neon Indian, Fun, Fucked Up, Murder by Death, El Ten Eleven, White Denim, Deastro, Coalesce, Hooray for Earth, Acid Mothers Temple, Casket Lottery, The Life and Times, Owen, Keep Shelly in Athens, Chad Valley, Jonquil, A Lull, Elite Gymnastics, Mr. Gnome, Gold Motel, Friends, Capybara, Cowboy Indian Bear, Soft Reeds, Molly McGuire, Reflector, Minus Story, The Esoteric, Season To Risk, Hospital Ships, Nerves Junior, Phantasmagoria, Broncho, Beacon, Ad Astra Arkestra, Thee Water MoccaSins, Deadringers, La Guerre, Motorboater, Everyday/Everynight, Maps For Travelers, Spirit Is The Spirit, Max Justus, Sam Billen, Believers, Akkilles, Beau Jennings, Christopher Paul Stelling, Baby Teardrops, Saintseneca, Sleepy Kitty and Unicycle Loves You.

This year Middle of the Map Fest is also facilitating a Tech, Art and Culture Forum at OfficePort in the Crossroads Arts District on April 5 and 6.  Compelling speakers and dynamic content will transform audiences into participants through this new and anticipated addition to the festival. Forum tickets are $50 or $75 includes the music fest pass. Find more information at

About Ink magazine

Ink magazine and are Kansas City’s premier lifestyle and entertainment publication and website. Owned by The Kansas City Star, it is one of Kansas City’s largest publications and the only one produced by and for people in their 20s and 30s. Ink editorial supports local music by its extensive music coverage – publishing music reviews and hundreds of music listings each week. Ink partners with the local music community and supports events.

About The Record Machine

The Record Machine is a Kansas City based independent record company that has been in business since 2003.  The label has been creating a community of emerging musical acts from places near and far.  Tim Finn of The Kansas City Star remarked about The Record Machine’s output, “[They] have assembled a stable of diverse artists who are making music that deserves national attention.”


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About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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