Gentlemen of the Road vs. FAIRfest

by Joe Lawler, ,

This weekend there are two big music festivals in small Iowa towns. Fairfield in southeast Iowa hosts the third annual Fairfest, while Waverly will be home to Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover.

Here's how the two match up.


Gentlemen of the Road: Thursday-Saturday

Fairfest: Friday-Sunday

Headlining acts

GOTR: Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips

Fairfest: Cyril Neville's Royal Southern Brotherhood, Elephant Revival, Greg Brown

Hometown of headlining act

GOTR: London (Mumford & Sons)

Fairfest: Fairfield (Greg Brown)

Iowa bands

GOTR: The Maytags, The Nadas, Dylan Sires and Neighbors, Miss Christine

Fairfest: Christopher the Conquered, The Olympics, Extravision, Dylan Sires and Neighbors

Distance from Des Moines

GOTR: 140 miles

Fairfest: 111 miles

College in town

GOTR: Wartburg College

Fairfest: Maharishi University


GOTR: $199

Fairfest: Free

Will it be back?

GOTR: No, Mumford & Sons are trying to host one in every state.

Fairfest: Yes

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