Hippo Campus replaces Lizzo as HazelFest headliner

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Hippo Campus are pinch-hitting for Lizzo at HazelFest this weekend. Alice Baxley

We’ve got some good news and some bad news.

First, the bad news – and don’t worry, it’s not like “the North Korean missiles will reach San Francisco in 20 minutes” bad news. (That’s not happening, right? I’ve been off Twitter most of the morning and I don’t even know what I can safely joke about.)

Still, it’s something of a disappointment: Lizzo won’t be headlining HazelFest this Saturday, August 5, due to what a press release calls “unforeseen circumstances” and the artist herself says is a result of illness.

Lizzo (get well!) is the second performer to drop off the bill from HazelFest, the daylong substance-free celebration of Minnesota music held annually on the Hazelden campus. Sonny Knight, who passed away in June, was also initially scheduled to perform at the festival.

But now the good news: Hippo Campus are stepping up to fill in the headlining slot. The young indie rockers performed at the festival last year, but they’ve filled out their resume plenty since then, releasing their debut LP, landmark, hitting a slew of festivals (Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Summerfest), and selling out two First Avenue mainroom shows.

And, of course, Har Mar Superstar and Communist Daughter will still be showing up at HazelFest, as initially announced. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you can buy tickets in advance here for $15. They’ll run you $25 at the door. Kids are welcome, and kids under 12 get in free.

Oh, one last thing: It is time for you to settle an important City Pages intra-office dispute. Since “Hippo Campus” is apparently too much of a labor for us to type out repeatedly, which cheesy nickname should we continue to saddle the poor band with: “the Hippos” or “the HC”?


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