Artist - Lori McKenna Merlefest 2023

MerleFest 2024

May 4, 2023 9:08 am GMT
Last Edited February 19, 2024 4:21 pm GMT

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  • Full name Merlefest 2024
  • Dates Apr 25 - 28, 2024
  • Location Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Line up Turnpike Troubadours, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Teskey Brothers, Nickel Creek and more
  • Tickets Purchase here

The line-up for MerleFest 2024 has been unveiled, with Turnpike Troubadours, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Teskey Brothers and Nickel Creek all set to headline the much-loved event.

They'll be joined by the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester, Shinyribs, Peter Rowan, Scythian, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chatham County Line, Chatham Rabbits, John McEuen, Willi Carlisle, Adeem the Artist, The Sensational Barnes Brothers and more.

Also set to take the stage is Jake Kohn, The Waybacks, Alexa Rose, Andy May, Ashes & Arrows, B. Townes, Banknotes, Buffalo Nichols, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Flattop, Goldpine, Gravity Check Juggling, The InterACTive Theater of Jef, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, JigJam, Joe Smothers, Josh Goforth, Kyshona, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Mark Bumgarner and Mitch Greenhill & Mitch’s Kitchen.

Some of the late, yet still exciting, additions to the 2024 bill include Brandy Clark, Evan Honer, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, S.G. Goodman, Nick Shoulders and several others, rounding out MerleFest's stacked thirty-sixth year lineup.

Here, we'll have all the up-to-date news and all the latest ticket and festival pass details for 2024.

The 2023 instalment of the much-loved festival featured eye-catching appearances from the likes of Lori McKenna, The Avett Brothers, The Local Honeys, Miko Marks, Cole Chaney, Black Opry Revue, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas.

In recent years, the Merlefest line-up has included esteemed artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, 49 Winchester, Margo Price, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Strings, Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, Charley Crockett and the late great John Prine, whose son, Tommy Prine, performed at Merlefest 2023.

Since being established in 1988, Merlefest has secured its place in the hearts of innumerable country and folk fans. The festival was founded by singer-songwriter, Doc Watson, who set up Merlefest as a tribute to his son, Eddy Merle Watson, who was sadly killed in a tractor accident at the age of 36. Before his untimely passing, Eddy Merle Watson regularly performed with his father and recorded a number of projects with him.

Merlefest honoured their founder in 2023 with a special celebration of what would've been Doc Watson's 100th birthday. This was hosted by the Kruger Brothers, and featured guest appearances from Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Mitch Greenhill and more.

For the full MerleFest 2024 line-up so far, see below:

Old Crow Medicine Show

Turnpike Troubadours

The Teskey Brothers

Nickel Creek

Brandy Clark

Evan Honer

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

S.G. Goodman

Lukas Nelson & POTR

Dan Tyminski Band

Steep Canyon Rangers

Sam Bush

Jerry Douglas

The Earls of Leicester


Peter Rowan


Donna the Buffalo

Jim Lauderdale

Kruger Brothers

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Chatham County Line

Chatham Rabbits

John McEuen

Willi Carlisle

Adeem the Artist

The Sensational Barnes Brothers

The Waybacks

Alexa Rose

Andy May

Ashes & Arrows

B. Townes


Buffalo Nichols

Carol Rifkin

Charles Welch



Gravity Check Juggling

The InterACTive Theater of Jef

Jack Lawrence

Jake Kohn

Jeff Little Trio


Joe Smothers

Josh Goforth


Laura Boosinger

The Local Boys

Mark Bumgarner

Mitch Greenhill & Mitch’s Kitchen

Nefesh Mountain


Pete & Joan Wernick

Presley Barker

Roy Book Binder

The Silent Comedy

T. Michael Coleman

Them Coulee Boys

Tony Williamson


Wayne Henderson


Bob Margolin

Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart

Carolina Detour

Colby T. Helms & the Virginia Creepers

Corey Harris

Ettore Buzzini

Falling Timber Band

Into The Fog

Ken Crouse

Larkin Poe

Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road

Missy Raines & Allegheny

New Dangerfield

New Found Gap

Nick Shoulders

Pixie & The Partygrass Boys

Roan Street Ramblers

Sierra Hull

The Harris Brothers

The Langan Band

The Last Revel

The Sullivan Sisters

The Tan & Sober Gentlemen

Twisted Pine

Willie Watson

Wyatt Ellis

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Featured photo by Laura Ord.

Written by Maxim Mower