MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival. People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in AprilTed Hagaman, Festival Director
Today’s lineup announcement includes WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY, ALISON KRAUSS, THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, SAM BUSH, JIM LAUDERDALE, KRUGER BROTHERS, THE WAYBACKS, SCYTHIAN, DONNA THE BUFFALO, PETER ROWAN AND THE FREE MEXICAN AIRFORCE, TOMMY EMMANUEL, SHINYRIBS, CHARLEY CROCKETT, DARRELL SCOTT, THE STEEL WHEELS, ROBBIE FULKS, AMYTHYST KIAH, CORDOVAS, ALISON BROWN, ANDY MAY, “B” TOWNES, BANKNOTES, BILL & THE BELLES, BRYAN SUTTON, CAROL RIFKIN, CHARLES WELCH, CHATHAM RABBITS, CHE APALACHE, THE CLEVERLYS, CREOLE STOMP WITH DENNIS STROUGHMATT, DAVID HOLT, FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE, FLATTOP, HAPPY TRAUM, HOGSLOP STRING BAND, INTERACTIVE THEATRE OF JEF, IRISH MYTHEN, IRON HORSE BLUEGRASS, JACK LAWRENCE, JEFF LITTLE TRIO, JODY CARROLL, JOE SMOTHERS, KEN CROUSE, LAURA BOOSINGER, THE LOCAL BOYS, LOS TEXMANIACS, MARK BUMGARNER, MARY FLOWER, MITCH GREENHILL, PETE & JOAN WERNICK, PIEDMONT BLUZ, PRESLEY BARKER, REV. ROBERT JONES, ROY BOOK BINDER, SIERRA FERRELL, STRING MADNESS, T. MICHAEL COLEMAN, TONY WILLIAMSON, WAYNE HENDERSON, THE MOORE BROTHERS, THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS and WYLD FERN.
Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale November 12, 2019, and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 12 to February 16, 2020; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 17 to April 22. Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival.
New for MerleFest 2020 is “The Patio at MerleFest.” This ticket-upgrade includes comfortable seating in a covered area with great views of the Watson and Cabin stages, access to the friends and family seating area (formerly named VIP), a deluxe air-conditioned mobile bathroom unit, snacks and beverages, and live video displays from the Watson and Cabin stages. Fans wanting to gain access to this exciting new addition to MerleFest should act quickly, as seating is limited.
The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months.