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June Hill, Writer

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For the past three years Fort Wayne has hosted Middle Waves, its very own midwest music festival.

This year the festival featured groups like Lizzo, the Idles and Flint Eastwood, as well as many other local bands. Last year they had the Flaming Lips as their headliner. According to their website, Middle Waves is “all-ages, all-backgrounds, all-music styles—all in one festival.”

The festival also has a variety of activities like a dunk tank, yoga and a llama petting zoo. You can also make your own flower crowns, friendship bracelets and decorate a pair of sunglasses;however, the most popular station is the glitter bar, where festival-goers can cover themselves from head to toe in sparkles.

Middle Waves has a positive impact on Fort Wayne as it draws in people from out of town.

Middle Waves is always a blast; unfortunately, this year the crowds were not as big. The smaller crowds made the festival a little more relaxed, but was not so great for the ticket sales.

Part of the reason for this decrease has to do with their lineup. In past years, Middle Waves has always had a well known group come to perform and this year’s lineup took a hit when GoldLink, one of the bigger bands, had to drop out due to a family emergency.

Middle Waves has made itself a highlight of the Fort Wayne music scene, but after this year, Sweetwater Sound Inc., one of the event’s biggest donors, has decided to stop sponsoring the event. If ticket sales stay low, Fort Wayne won’t be able to host the festival after 2019.

Middle Waves is an experience to remember, whether you are there with family or friends, it promises to be an entertaining and fun filled weekend.

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