Mo Pop Festival returns to the Detroit waterfront with a killer line-up on July 28th & 29th.

This year Mo Pop Festival is bringing some of the hottest new talent along with favorite national acts to Detroit for a weekend of major fun in the sun. We’ve got some hot tips to make sure you make the most of your time with highlights you do not want to miss. Check out all of our photos from last year here. Doors open at 1pm every day and there is no re-entry allowed, so make sure to bring enough sunblock to last you through the day!

Saturday, July 28th

Curtis Roach

Image credit, Renato Pecina Jr. / @g0rdotr0n

1:30PM // Curtis Roach, River Stage

Hailing from Detroit, MI Roach is an up-and-coming artist not to be missed on the line-up. Listen to his latest album (if you aren’t familiar) entitled, “Highly Caffeinated.”

“Highly Caffeinated” is the young Curtis Roach’s third project, meant to wake you up and to make sure you never give up on your dreams. Curtis takes his eclectic style and balances, jazz, lofi, Bossa Nova, jazz hop sounds into a alternative hip-hop mix. Tracks like “Bossin” he discusses the evils of money and greed in today’s society and on tracks such as “Somebody Loves You Back” Curtis reminds you there is always someone out in the world that loves you.

6:00PM // Billie Eilish, Grande Stage

8:50PM // Vince Staples, River Stage

10:05PM // Bon Iver, Grande Stage

Haute to Death **New!**

Ash Nowak, Jon Dones of Haute to Death.

Our friends at Haute to Death will be curating a new dance area this year featuring local DJ sets by guests including DJ Cent, Mike Medow, Ken Jiro, Juampasoul (ATL).

Founding DJs, Jon Dones and Ash Nowak have been curating nightlife events and parties in the city for over a decade, once beginning at Temple Bar, and now have expanded their efforts in new venues including Marble Bar, El Club, and even private pool parties. Don’t miss their ‘haute’ sets on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 6pm and going into the night!

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

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2:15PM // Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, River Stage

Throwing one of the official after-parties, these Indie, Funk and Soul Michigan natives released their latest album, PLUTO and performed at other festivals you may have heard of before including Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, SXSW and CMJ.

Stay tuned for a chance to win a set of tickets to the official after-party show at PJ’s Lager House.

2:50PM // Lovelytheband, Grande Stage

Named Billboard’s “10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018.”

7:40PM // Portugal. The Man, Grande Stage

8:50PM // St. Vincent, River Stage

10:05PM // The National, Grande Stage


One of the literally ‘coolest’ spots on the festival grounds is the FREE **air-conditioned** arcade lounge! Experience a real-life #throwbackthursday in the authentic Mo Arcade Powered by Punch Bowl Social. Mo Pop has teamed up with Detroit’s own Offworld Arcade to build an air conditioned tent filled with all your favorite original classic arcade games, high score contests, prizes, drinks and local DJs. Come reminisce and enjoy the free game play.

“Patrón the Summer”

Patrón Tequila will be also stopping by the music festival as part of its “Patrón the Summer” tour, which brings versatile + delicious cocktails to some of the country’s best events, including Detroit!

Patrón will be shaking up perfect-for-summer drinks for getting your dance on with your friends, including one inspired by the festival- the Motown Margarita, delivering the perfect balance between spice and citrus to help you kick cocktail hour up a few notches.

Make Your Own Motown Margarita: 

  • 2 oz        Patrón Silver
  • .5 oz       Patrón Citrónge Orange
  • 1 oz        Fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz       Agave syrup
  • 3             Jalapeño coins
  • +             Lime wedge for garnish

In the bottom of a mixing tin, muddle one jalapeño coin with agave syrup. Add spirits and lime juice and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and remaining jalapeño coin for a perfect summer party refreshment.

Speaking of parties- after the sun sets on the Riverfront hit the Official After-Parties!

Mo Pop Official After-Party Line-Up

Saturday, July 28TH
Homeshake with Ohio Wild
Doors at 10pm
21+ / $20  (Tickets)

Sunday, July 29TH
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers with Jerry Dreams
Doors at 10pm
21+ / $20 (Tickets)