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Mile of Music gears up for August event at full capacity

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – A popular event featuring live music returns to Appleton in August at full capacity for the first time in two years.

The organizers of Mile of Music made the announcement by also releasing the first 50 artists who will appear on the programme.

Throughout downtown Appleton, signs promoting Mile of Music, or Mile 9, are already up.

At Gibson Music Hall, some fans on Wednesday night got a taste of what to expect.

“I think a lot of that pent up energy, you know, and pent up wishes for outside events and experiences, we’re probably going to see record crowds. That’s what we’re preparing for anyway,” said Mile of Music co-founder Dave Willems.

With 50 artists announced, 150 more should be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.

This year, they will all be staying at the same location at the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley hotel.

General Manager Linda Garvey says staff are enthusiastic.

“We love it too because they work together and come together as a group and they may have just met, but they share stories and they can make alliances and friends and they’re in the same industry,” he said. Garvey told Action 2. News.

In 2020 the event was canceled and last year it was held in limited capacity with mostly outdoor venues.

Again, at least half of the venues will continue to be outdoors.

Willems added: “Hopefully we can do the bus. We don’t know yet on the bus. That’s probably the big wild card, but we’re going back to the early PAC songs and it’s exciting because it’s a great place for it. We’ll be back to have the song before we go to Lawrence University Chapel and that’s exciting too.

As in the past, Mile of Music will continue to be a free event.

It takes place from August 4 to 7.

The organizers also revealed the first 50 artists who will appear on the program.

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