Will River's Edge Music Festival 2013 bring Skrillex to St. Paul?

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Skrillex's next Twin Cities visit could be to about 1,000 times as many people as this 2011 gig at Skyway Theatre.
Related:
River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineup
Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.
Slideshow: Skrillex at Skyway Theatre
U2 at TCF Bank Stadium, 7/23/11

The inaugural running of the River's Edge Music Festival will bring Tool, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, the Flaming Lips, and 24 other artists to Harriet Island on the weekend of June 23-24.

And now that the event's promoter Live Nation has let the kitty out of the bag about this year, the focus is already on a more-ambitious slate for 2013. Get ready for a lot more local Live Nation presence in the festival sphere because the concert giant has signed a five-year minimum contract with St. Paul.

Included in the expansive plans for next year, according to a report in today's Star Tribune, is an entire second weekend devoted to country music. This would seem to be a bit of a shard in the side of the 30-year-old Detroit Lakes country institution We Fest. But assuming the fests stay two months apart, and considering that there won't be the same emphasis on camping for an urban country gala, delighted K102 listeners will probably still hit both.

Additionally, the plan includes a consideration for an electronic dance offshoot of the River's Edge Festival. And at this point, it's unclear how big everyone's planning to extend for this bit of intrigue that could be like Bassgasm on a barge meets Electric Daisy Carnival. With the inclusion of Diplo, Datsik, Scissor Sisters, Blaqstarr, and Polica, there's already a skeleton of electronic music lurking within the rest of the 2012 River's Edge's overwhelmingly rockist lineup, which seems to be angling for big support from local radio stations like Cities 97 and 93X. And the plan is to have EVEN MORE rock in the form of an additional day next year.

If the electric portion proves to be just as serious, there's the possibility of a Harriet Island party for local Skrillex fans that can hold far more than the Skyway Theatre did last year. 

Notably absent from these long-term plans, however, is any sort of hip-hop component. Perhaps this is a bow to the growing success of the Soundset fest, which returns for its fifth year this May at Canterbury Park.

Finally, tucked into the rhetoric is probably a long-term push to get a Live Nation shed built somewhere in the Twin Cities. "The fact that you do not have a major outdoor venue was the biggest magnet for getting us to do this festival," co-president Mark Campana told the Star Tribune. Don't tell Target Field, hosting Kenny Chesney this summer, or TCF Bank Stadium, where U2 played last summer, about that last crack.

Related:
River's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineup
Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.
Slideshow: Skrillex at Skyway Theatre
U2 at TCF Bank Stadium, 7/23/11


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guest
guest

I would LOVE to see St. Paul have an outdoor electronic music festival someday. Hopefully this is just the beginning. Diplo is kind of a nod for the hip-hop crowd though, btw. He's done a lot of work with hip-hop artists and mixes a lot of it into his sets. And for those of you who don't like electronic  music, you've got your rock fest. Let us have our fun too. Just because something doesn't appeal to you doesn't mean it isn't "real music." I happen to despise Tool and Puscifer but I'm going to support this festival anyway in the hope that it will become something more in the future!!

Mike
Mike

god let's hope not

Freedom_Fry
Freedom_Fry

Just hook up a faulty fax machine to the sound system. Boom - instant Skrillex

Jimguy
Jimguy

mannnnn fuck skrillex. what is that mindless trash shit anyway?  What ever happened to real music?  Why not bring Bonobo or Quantic, or 10,000 other more talented artists rather than that stupid child molester wanna be? 

trustno1
trustno1

I agreed with you until you said you despise tool and puscifer. Both put on phenomenal shows both musically and visually.

Boom Boom Shikadance
Boom Boom Shikadance

How do you aspire to be a child molester? And your last sentence is sort of implying that Bonobo and/or Quantic are both child molesters, a title to which Skrillex has yet to attain. It's "mindless trash" that's fun to listen to. 'Nuff said.

Jimguy
Jimguy

I am not implying that Bonobo or Quantic are child molesters.  What I am implying is that if you are going to bring any artists to our beloved Saint Paul, bring some real artists and not some no-talent shithead pedophile wanna be.  I mean, how can you go from Tool and Dave to Skrillex the next year?  That is like ordering a gourmet dish at a five star restaurant and for desert getting kicked in the nut sack twelve times. 

Mike
Mike

but that record with korn is sweet lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!5

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