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Berlin to headline Saturday night at Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

More announcements are coming through for this year’s Urbana Sweetcorn Festival: Berlin will join The Psychedelic Furs as headliners for the festival, as announced by the festival this morning.

Check out the lineup below, and the press release that accompanies the announcement. With two nights of headlining acts, things are bulking up for the festival’s 40th anniversary celebration.

From the press release:


URBANA, Il.—On August 28 and 29, 2015, a variety of local, regional and national musicians and performers spanning a wide range of genres will gather in downtown Urbana for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. The Urbana Business Association presents the festival to the community each year and is excited to announce more musicians set to take the festival’s stages.

On Saturday, August 29, the Los Angeles-based synth-pop group Berlin will headline the festival’s Main Stage. Perhaps best known for their 1986 single “Take My Breath Away,” the love theme from the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun,” the band also boasts seven albums and numerous other singles.

The Psychedelic Furs will also headline the festival’s Main Stage on Friday, August 28. The English rock band is best known for hits such as “Love My Way,” “Heartbreak Beat” and “Pretty in Pink,” of the eponymous John Hughes movie fame.

The Furs will be supported by Australian-based new wave band The Church, known for their singles “Under the Milky Way” and “The Unguarded Moment.”

Local acts performing on the Main Stage and the One Community Together Stage include Sun Stereo, Tigerbeat, Cody & the Gateway Drugs, Mike Ingram & the New Souls, Tara Terra, The Diva & the Dude, Oshwa, Bruiser & the Virtues, Prairie Dogs, Traditional Jazz Orchestra, Bowdacious String Band & BBL Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble, Champaign Park District Dance Arts School, Bali Lantari and the marching bands from Urbana, Central and Centennial High Schools.

Recently confirmed is the return of the CU Folk & Roots Festival Stage, back for a second year. The entertainment for this stage will be released at a later date this summer.

In addition to live music, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is also widely known for its local vendors, a range of kid’s activities, the Motor Muster Car Show—and of course—delicious and buttery Illinois sweet corn. For more information, visit

Executive Editor

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