After a record-setting 2018, the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival announces its eagerly-awaited 2019 lineup. Long known for its wide variety of genres, the forty-third annual Beale Street Music Festival holds to that tradition, presenting a lineup with something for everyone: rock, alternative, R&B, hip hop, indie, pop, and blues.
Festival favorites who are returning to headline this year’s Beale Street Music Festival include DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, THE KILLERS, G-EAZY, CHARLIE WILSON, SHINEDOWN, and GARY CLARK JR. Joining them are first-time headliners KHALID, ONEREPUBLIC, and CARDI B, coming off her history-making win Sunday night at the Grammys as the first female to receive Best Rap Album honors.
The Beale Street Music Festival saw more than 102,000 in Tom Lee Park last year with attendees from all fifty states and twenty-two countries. We wanted to offer an even bigger lineup in 2019 as our city celebrates its bicentennial, and we feel like this may be our best lineup ever. The 2019 lineup features current chart-toppers and returning fan favorites who consistently draw large crowds to our unique setting on the Mississippi River.James L. Holt – President and CEO of Memphis in May
Other artists featured this year include INDIA.ARIE, RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE, LORD HURON, FLOGGING MOLLY, 6LACK, TRIPPIE REDD, CHVRCHES, LIL DICKY, GOOD CHARLOTTE, BIG BOI, DIRTY HEADS, IN THIS MOMENT, SIMPLE PLAN, ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES, RODRIGO Y GABRIELLA, MOON TAXI, LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL, COIN and many more.
With the festival’s cultural salute to Memphis this year, there’s a special emphasis on local talent with forty percent of performers coming from Memphis and the surrounding area! Aside from the lead guitarist for Shinedown, this includes rappers MoneyBagg Yo, Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa, along with Healy, Liz Brasher, Saving Abel, John Kilzer and the Scars, and Muck Sticky. Local talent in the Coca-Cola Blues Tent includes Stax legend William Bell, Southern Avenue, Ghost Town Blues Band, Will Tucker, Blind Mississippi Morris, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Super Chikan, Brandon Santini, Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band, Barbara Blue, Fuzzy Jeffries, Deak Harp & Quicksand, Sam Joyner, and Linear Smith.