Memphis in May Announces First Round of 2020 Beale Street Music Festival

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After a record-setting 2019, the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival announces the first round of artists confirmed for its eagerly-awaited 2020 lineup. With a reputation for an eclectic mix of genres, the forty-fourth annual Beale Street Music Festival also offers a diverse blend of both big-name national acts, world-renown Memphis artists and up-and-coming performers.

This first round of Beale Street Music Festival headliners includes The Lumineers, Lil Wayne, the return of perennial festival favorite The Avett Brothers, and Memphis’ own Three 6 Mafia who haven’t played BSMF in eight years. Additional first-round artists include soul singer Leon Bridges, rock icon Lindsey Buckingham, Portugal. The Man, Brittany Howard, pop artists AJR, Memphis rapper Young Dolph, 2020 double Grammy nominee Rival Sons, R&B legend Mavis Staples, Billy Strings, Toad the Wet Sprocket, bluesman Taj Mahal, and Sheer Mag.

“The Beale Street Music Festival always features more than sixty artists with a high concentration of Memphis talent, attracting ticket buyers in 2019 from all fifty states and twenty-six countries,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “There’s always tremendous anticipation for our announcement each year, and while the complete lineup will be announced in early February, this year we decided to release the first round of artists now to give our fans a sample of how big the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival will be.”

Currently, a limited quantity of three-day passes remains at the discounted $135 price, but that will increase to the next price level when supplies are exhausted. Patrons may also choose the three-day VIP experience for $699, granting them access to exclusive viewing platforms near the stages, private “comfort station” restrooms, and light snacks and drinks (including limited alcoholic beverages) for all three days. All passes can be purchased through eventbrite.com just in time for gift-giving.

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Month-long Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1-3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13-16, 2020
Great American River Run 5K, 10K and Half Marathon: May 23, 2020

About Memphis in May Memphis in May is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization, whose programs in 2019 contributed more than $149.1 million in economic impact to the community and $4.6 million in tax revenue for the City of Memphis. Its mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education.

It is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 223 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For. The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300 and made Forbes’ list of “5 Underrated Music Festivals You Should Attend.” In 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.

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