Memphis in May Updates 2020 Beale Street Music Festival Lineup

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Since the March announcement that Memphis in May’s Beale Street Music Festival would be rescheduled to October 16-18, 2020, organizers have been working to ensure that as much of this year’s stellar lineup as possible could be maintained despite the move. Fortunately, only a handful of artists had schedule conflicts that will prevent them from performing in Tom Lee Park this fall. 

The music business, like so many elements of our economy, has been at a stand-still since mid-March with few artists actively solidifying fall tour plans, as the country continues to work to reduce the impact of COVID-19. While the work continues to replace a few of the artists originally announced in early February with new additions for the October edition of the Beale Street Music Festival, the plan is to announce the newly revised lineup in June. 

Eighty-five percent of the 60+ artists announced in early February will return except the following six artists due to scheduling conflicts in October: The Lumineers, The 1975, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liam Gallagher, Louis the Child and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Festival fans who purchased tickets specifically to see these artists perform may obtain a full refund of their festival ticket purchase via Eventbrite through April 30, or they may hold their tickets for use on the fall dates. 

“While millions are currently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful that by this fall the situation will have improved enough to allow us to present the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival in a safe environment and provide music fans cause for celebration,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “Our fall 2020 lineup features many of music’s biggest names representing a broad spectrum of musical genres and we look forward to announcing additional artists and a killer lineup with our June announcement of the ‘Memphis in October’ Beale Street Music Festival.”  

Over the coming weeks we will continue to monitor the progression of the virus and follow the directives of local authorities and health officials regarding large events to ensure the Beale Street Music Festival is a safe and fun experience for all. We encourage everyone to follow health department recommendations on social distancing and taking protective measures such as wearing masks and gloves in public. 

In the meantime, tickets are still being purchased through as three-day passes are just $145 and single-day tickets are $55. 

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: September 30 – October 3, 2020 
Beale Street Music Festival: October 16 - 18, 2020 
Great American River Run 5K, 10K and Half Marathon: October 24, 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. 

As the official festival of the City of Memphis and recipient of 223 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, it has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For, and in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020.”

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