There was a time when the future of Bon Iver appeared quite bleak. Following an extensive world tour behind the band’s self-titled sophomore album, Justin Vernon expressed some disinterest in continuing the celebrated project. Vernon later backtracked from the comments and, in July, he’ll relaunch the band to headline the first annual Eaux Claires Music Festival of which he is curator. In an interview promoting the forthcoming event, Vernon revealed the performance will not be a one-off for Bon Iver, but the start of the band’s third cycle.
“It’s the perfect platform for us to be like, this is how we’re starting this new cycle, new life of the band. It makes so much sense to start it here,” Vernon explained to Minneapolis’ KARE 11. Watch the full interview below.
Eaux Claires takes place July 17th – 18th in Vernon’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In addition to Bon Iver, the lineup features The National, Sufjan Stevens, The Tallest Man on Earth, and more.