California indie-folk group Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will take their relationship with fans to a whole new level this fall. Alex Ebert and co. are partnering with Live Nation to hold a four-day circus-like event they are (appropriately) calling Big Top.
The festival will be held under—you guessed it—a traditional Big Top and will include a farmers market and beer gardens, as well as performances by musicians, vaudeville comedians, contortionists, acrobats, puppeteers and interactive performance artists. During the day, films and visual art installations chosen by the band will be on display along with an assortment of goods from vendors, artisans and charities.
Most importantly, there will also be a headlining performance by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros inside the tent, complete with 360-degree tiered seating that will allow for a more intimate, in-the-round experience. The main idea behind the festival is to better connect with the audience while creating an interactive environment.
“These days a band is a fast machine, cramming in dates, cutting fat, making the most money it can. Far gone are the ancient days of the traveling troubadours, lingering in towns, meeting the people, entertaining for days,” said Ebert in a press release. “If you tour, or you have been to a ‘professional’ show, you may have had the sense that something is missing from the experience…And so, here comes the idea of Big Top – a one-off experiment in reaching for a more colorful, soulful, way to tour.”
This is not the band’s first offbeat touring experience: in 2011 they toured the country in old railcars with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. In the same year, they also performed five live shows in London’s underground Old Vic Tunnels.
Big Top will take place at Los Angeles State Historic Park from Oct. 17-20, with a matinee show for families on the last day. Tickets go on sale Aug. 9. You can head over here for more information.