MerleFest 2022

Merlefest 2023

February 8, 2023 12:00 am GMT
Last Edited April 28, 2023 11:44 am GMT

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  • Full name Merlefest 2023
  • Dates Apr 27 - 30, 2023
  • Location Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
  • Line up Maren Morris, The Avett Brothers and more
  • Tickets Purchase here

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

Maren Morris

Black Opry Revue

Sam Bush

Jerry Douglas

Peter Rowan

Andy May


Carol Rifkin

Charles Welch

Donna the Buffalo

Jack Lawrence

Jeff Little Trio

Jim Lauderdale

Joe Smothers

Kruger Brothers

Laura Boosinger

The Local Boys

Mark Bumgarner

Mitch Greenhill & Mitch's Kitchen

Pete & Joan Wernick

Presley Barker

Roy Book Binder


T. Michael Coleman

The InterACTive Theater of Jef

The Waybacks

Tony Williamson

Wayne Henderson

Little Feat

Marcus King

Tanya Tucker

Miko Marks

AJ Lee & Blue Summit

Alison Brown

Andy Cohen

Anna Lynch

Bee Taylor

Brothers Comatose

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Cole Chaney

Compton & Newberry

Dom Flemons

I Draw Slow

Lightnin’ Wells

The Local Honeys

Nigel Wearne

Stillhouse Junkies

Taylor Rae

Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive

Todd Albright

Tommy Prine

Yasmin Williams

The Youngers

Brothers of a Feather

Nickel Creek

Tommy Emmanuel

Lori McKenna

Joshua Ray Walker

Woody Platt & Shannon Whitworth

Ali McGuirk

Bella White

Ben Chapman

The Biscuit Eaters

The Brothers Young

The Burnett Sisters Band with Colin Ray

Della Mae

Gravity Check Juggling

Henhouse Prowlers

High Road

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

Southbound 77

Taylon Hope

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.

To purchase tickets for Merlefest 2023, see below:

For more information on tickets and for other country festivals set for 2023 and 2024- head here.

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Written by Ross Jones