Artist - Lori McKenna Merlefest 2023

Merlefest 2024

May 4, 2023 9:08 am GMT

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  • Full name Merlefest 2024
  • Dates Apr 25 - 28, 2024
  • Location Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Line up TBC
  • Tickets Purchase here

We're still not over the incredible array of performances we were treated to during Merlefest 2023, with Maren Morris, Marcus King, Bee Taylor and more all delivering electrifying sets.

However, now that Merlefest has closed its gates for another year, we're already getting excited at the prospect of another heavy-hitting roster of artists taking the North Carolina stage in 2024.

Although we're still waiting on news of the line-up, the dates for Merlefest 2024 have been confirmed as April 25-28 - and it's safe to say the countdown has begun.

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.

Tickets to Merlefest 2024 will go on-sale on November 14, 2023, and will be available to purchase at the link below:

For a full-list of the country music festivals taking place for the rest of 2023 and 2024, head here.

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Featured photo by Laura Ord.

Written by Maxim Mower