Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has confirmed that the band will play a set of entirely new material at Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin this August. The songwriter announced the news in a series of tweets on Thursday night sparking rumours of a potential new album on the cards for late 2016.
Vernon stated: “We’re not just gonna play the same set we did last year. I’ve been working on music, you know, man. It takes a long time, and I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it means to me, and until that happens I won’t really know exactly what sharing it will look like or feel like or when.
“There’s sort of this internal pressure, not from anybody but myself, to come out with new music for the festival. But I’m not gonna make myself do anything. I really have to take it step by step and have patience and know that the music—if it comes out, it’s gotta be really true, it’s gotta really live with the other records and extend from them and be reborn and all that.”
It will be the first time fans will get the chance to hear new music from the group since 2011’s Grammy winning self titled album ‘Bon Iver’.
Eau Claire native Vernon is actually the founder of the festival which started last year. This years line up features an exciting mix of indie rock and contemporary music including: Beach House, James Blake, The Staves and none other than veteran blues / jazz keyboard player Bruce Hornsby who famously wrote the 1986 hit song ‘The Way It Is’.
Justin Vernon has become something of a mystery over the last few years and has somewhat shunned the limelight after his meteoric rise to prominence with Bon Iver. His last official musical outing was 2013’s ‘Repave’ with side project Volcano Choir.
Needless to say 2016 is set to be an important year for Bon Iver, who will hopefully inject a new rush of creativity into the pop charts as they did back in 2011.