Once again, Memphis in May will deliver a diverse list of musical acts to entertain the expected 100,000+ guests that will travel from across the country and all over the world to enjoy the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival. The BSMF at Tom Lee Park takes place on April 29th – May 1st, and will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The festival opens to the public at 5pm on Friday, April 29th. Gates open at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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Headliners for this year’s festival include Neil Young, performing with his current touring group the Promise of the Real, Beck, Paul Simon, Weezer, DJ Zedd, Train, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, and Modest Mouse.
“We always strive to provide music fans with a diverse and star-studded lineup. Festival attendees can look forward to enjoying legends such as Neil Young and Paul Simon, as well as top artists across a wide spectrum of today’s popular musical genres,” states Memphis in May President and CEO Jim Holt. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of music lovers from around the globe to enjoy our city and a lineup of incredible artists in 2016.”
First time artists include Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Paul Simon, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Young the Giant, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Bastille, The Arcs, Courtney Barnett, Trampled by Turtles, The Lone Bellow, and The Struts. In total, 30 artists are first-time Beale Street Music Festival performers. Four Canadian acts will be performing in honor of the Memphis in May salute to Canada in 2016. Order of Canada recipient and music legend Neil Young will make his first Memphis performance in over 30 years when he headlines the first night of the festival.
Beale Street Music Festival was recently added to Travel + Leisure’s list of “2016 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For”, the “Top 22 Music Festivals for 2016” by Fuse TV, and Festival 300’s list of the top 300 festivals worldwide.
Never been to BSMF before? Check out our Survival Guide here.
Prepare for the festival by checking out our Spotify playlist below (or open it in Spotify here):
2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates:
- Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016
- International Week salute to Canada: May 2–9, 2016
- World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016
- Great American River Run: May 28, 2016
- 901Fest: May 28, 2016