Along with the Avetts and Widespread Panic, who will play two of the three nights, the lineup includes Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lucinda Williams, and Black Pumas, and Memphis-based acts like the City Champs and Liz Brasher. Moon Taxi, Julien Baker, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Southern Avenue, Dirty Streets, Will Hoge, and Waxahatchee — whose Saint Cloud was one of the best releases of 2020 — are also performing. Additional artists will be announced at a later date.
After debuting at Shelby Farms Park, the fourth installment of Mempho Fest moves to a new venue, the Radians Amphitheater in Memphis Audubon Park. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. A release announcing the lineup stressed that fan safety and health is the “top priority.” “The festival is working closely with local and state health officials to ensure a safe and unparalleled experience for all attendees,” it read.
The Mempho Fest announcement arrives on the same day that another Tennessee-based festival heralded its lineup: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival returns to Franklin, Tennessee, in September and features the Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, and Maren Morris on the bill.
Mempho co-headliners the Avett Brothers have remained a relatively active live band during the pandemic, playing drive-in concerts and socially distanced affairs. They’ll play three shows at the Bonnaroo festival site over July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.