It’s almost time, Memphis! We are on the brink of Mempho Music Fest, a multi-day, star-studded music festival that has undoubtedly already become a Memphis staple just five short years after its inception–of course taking a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19. The three day festival will take place from Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 3rd at Radians Amphitheater, part of Memphis Botanic Gardens. With hundreds of music festivals occuring annually, what makes Mempho Fest so different than any other, you might ask. Well, in a city whose rich, cultural history has unquestionably impacted the music Memphis is known best for, it goes without saying that a music experience in the Bluff City might hit just a little differently than anywhere else. When in Rome, you might say.

Photo courtesy of Mempho Fest

Still a little unsure about venturing out to a festival? No problem! Not only will Beat Buzz Memphis be bringing you event coverage from Mempho Fest–including live vidoe clips and on-stage photos of your favorite musicians–but we even have an interview or two with some of the artists that are going to make this years lineup go down in history of one of the best! For those who are ready to get your festival on, we present to you your consolidated list of everything you will need to know before, during, and after the festival, including lineups for each day and a list of permitted/not permitted items, and general information questions we hope you can get answers to before the big weekend.

First and foremost, lets start with the basics; Mempho Fests’ first priority is for the safety of all guests, so proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required, OR a negative PCR or Rapid COVID-19 test dated within 24 hours of admission. If you choose not to comply with any of these standards, a refund is available through Ticketmaster.

Get those vaccination cards ready!

Now, let’s get to it! Here is a rundown of this years lineup:

Friday, October 1st: Gates open at 3 p.m.

Adams Keegan Stage
  • 3:30-4:15 The City Champs
  • 5:35-6:50 Billy Strings
  • 8:30-11:00 Widespread Panic
Lexus Stage
  • 3:00-3:30 Lucky Seven Brass Band
  • 4:25-5:25 Southern Avenue
  • 7:00-8:15 Lucinda Williams

Saturday, October 2nd: Gates open at 2:00 p.m.

Adams Keegan Stage
  • 3:40-4:40 Julien Baker
  • 6:00-7:15 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
  • 8:30-11:00 Widespread Panic
Lexus Stage
  • 2:30-3:30 Dirty Streets
  • 4:50-5:50 Andy Frasco and the U.N.
  • 7:20-8:20 Moon Taxi

Sunday, October 3rd: Gates open at 2 p.m.

Adams Keegan Stage
  • 2:15-2:45 The Wilkins Sisters
  • 3:30-4:30 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • 5:30-6:30 Black Pumas
  • 7:30-9:00 The Avett Brothers
Lexus Stage
  • 2:45-3:30 Liz Brasher
  • 4:30-5:30 Will Hoge
  • 6:30-7:30 Waxahatchee

In addition, Mempho Fest is offering VIP and Whatever Dome experiences that will enhance your already awesome festival-going adventures!

VIP Packages include:

  • Dedicated VIP entrance to the festival
  • Complimentary VIP Parking*
  • Dedicated VIP area with comfortable furniture
  • $100 in Mempho Bucks to be used on food and beverage or Mempho merch**
  • Special VIP merch area with on-demand Mempho t-shirt printing
  • Catered hors d’oeuvres throughout the day
  • Access to specialty food options exclusive to VIP area
  • Private bar serving premium craft beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Complimentary water and soft drinks
  • Access to private, air-conditioned, flushable restrooms
  • Access to dedicated viewing area in front of the main stage (limited capacity)
  • Free WiFi and charging stations for your gadgets
*One VIP Parking Pass per order.

**$100 in Mempho Bucks applied to 3-day VIP passes only. Single day VIP passes, once available, will receive $25 Mempho Bucks per day. Only valid at the 2021 Mempho Music Festival. Not valid on artist merchandise. VIP Packages can be found here. (UPDATE, AS OF 9/26 ALL VIP PACKAGES ARE SOLD OUT.)

Whatever Dome experiences includes:

What is the Whatever Dome? Whatever Dome is essentially a concert within a concert, if you will. This interactive, sphere-like space will provide the ultimate sensory experience complete with lights, colors, heat, and a lineup of local DJ’s whose beats will fuse it all together. For this years Whatever Dome lineup, please visit Incendia Whatever Dome Lineup 2021

For other, pertinent questions such as parking, charging stations, to more specific inquiries such as food allergy/sensitiviity information, please visit the Mempho Fest FAQ page

For tickets to Mempho Fest, please visit www.memphofest.com/tickets.

We hope to see you all there!

Feature by: Andrea Jones
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