Following 2022's fantastic event, it's been announced that Merlefest 2023 will take place the weekend of 27-30 April. Four days of authentic and wondrous country, Americana and Roots will be on show once again in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson.
The full line-up has now been announced, with Maren Morris, The Avett Brothers and Black Opry Revue all confirmed for the North Carolina festival.
Also performing will be a number of familiar faces for MerleFest fans, such as Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, and more.
Joining them will be the likes of Nickel Creek, Tommy Emmanuel, Lori McKenna, Joshua Ray Walker.
Here, we'll have all the up-to-date news on line-up announcements, the latest ticket and festival pass details, alongside any other info and details for the 2023 edition.
The 2023 instalment will mark a particularly special occasion, as it will celebrate the 100th heavenly birthday of MerleFest founder, Doc Watson, who set up the festival in honour of his late son in 1988.
The event will return to its familiar grounds at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The venue, which lies at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, provides an iconic setting that helps to make MerleFest a staple of many country fans' calendars.
The full Merlefest 2023 line-up is as follows:
The Avett Brothers
Black Opry Revue
Donna the Buffalo
Jeff Little Trio
The Local Boys
Mitch Greenhill & Mitch's Kitchen
Pete & Joan Wernick
Roy Book Binder
T. Michael Coleman
The InterACTive Theater of Jef
AJ Lee & Blue Summit
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Compton & Newberry
I Draw Slow
The Local Honeys
Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
Brothers of a Feather
Joshua Ray Walker
Woody Platt & Shannon Whitworth
The Biscuit Eaters
The Brothers Young
The Burnett Sisters Band with Colin Ray
Gravity Check Juggling
Holt & Cabe
John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band
John Paul White
Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Pretty Little Goat
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Songs From the Road Band
Merlefest is always an absolute cert in Holler's calendar, and we can't wait to return in 2023!
2022's festival welcomed such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Josh Turner, Natalie Hemby, Tenille Townes, The Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Trampled By Turtles, of which Holler and so many others got to enjoy!
Originally hosted by folk music legend and Grammy Award-winner Doc Watson until his passing in 2012, Merlefest was named after Doc's late son, Eddie Merle Watson, who died in a tragic tractor accident.
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