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Despite headlining act's cancellation, Bunbury Music Festival rocks on

Posted: 12:21 AM, Jun 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-02 00:21:29-04

CINCINNATI -- Bunbury Music Festival might not (yet) have the name recognition of glitter-streaked counterparts such as Coachella and Bonaroo, but that doesn't mean it's small-time. 

The weekend's lineup of acts, including fratty EDM-pop stars The Chainsmokers, White Stripes frontman Jack White and Foster the People, brought concertgoers from far outside Greater Cincinnati.

"I was actually just looking for things to do this summer, and I know music festivals are a big thing," said Sara Johnston, who traveled from Buffalo, New York for the event. "And I saw that these bands were something I listen to on a daily basis."

Johnston praised the festival's diverse lineup of bands ranging from pop to indie to alternative, allowing attendees to "just bop around" in search of a concert that fit their tastes. It also meant that losing would-be headliner Blink-182 at the last minute wasn't a coup-de-grace.

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For the local acts who will play the same stage as comparative musical giants, Bunbury's blend of big-name and lesser-known performances is a dream come true. 

"This has to be the show that everybody wants to play around here," Gavin Boran of Friday Giants said. "We've watched Bunbury grow from its infancy, and to be a part of this lineup is insane."