The 38th annual Beale Street Music Festival, a part of the Memphis in May International Festival, will take place May 2-4.
Ticket prices start around $115 for a three-day pass.
The festival is held at the 25-acre Tom Lee Park on the riverfront of the Mississippi River. The three-day event boasts musical guests from many genres of music including blues, soul and rock. More than 1.1 million people have attended the Beale Street Music Festival in the past decade. Junior Phillip Houston has been to the festival several times in the past and said he always loves going back to his hometown for a weekend of good music and fun.
“I purchase a ticket every year because they are always very reasonably priced for the amount of artists you get to see,” Houston said.
Artists featured on stage this year include Kid Rock, Foster the People, Avenged Sevenfold, Snoop Dogg, Joan Jett, Third Eye Blind, Juicy J, Grouplove, Twenty One Pilots and Alabama Shakes.
On Friday, May 2, artists will begin performing at 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, artists will perform from 2 p.m. into the night.
Junior Emily Lincoln said she is most excited to see Grouplove and Foster the People perform at the festival.
“This is the first year I’ve gone, and I am going because I love the atmosphere of a music festival. It’s exciting and fun,” Lincoln said.
According to a Fuse TV article, the festival is one of the top 20 in the country, on a list including others such as Warped Tour and Bonnaroo.
Since May in Tennessee is always hot and humid, wearing shorts and a T-shirt is strongly advised, preferably breathable material, like athletic shorts and a roomy T-shirt. However, music festivals are always a place to display interesting, unique fashion. Take tips from Vanessa Hudgens’ Coachella fashion if you’re feeling like a daredevil. Sensible shoes are a must, so invest in Chacos, Tevas, Rainbows or just a solid pair of Nikes.
Last, but not least, buy the biggest water bottle you can find and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Water will be your best friend, and I’m sure the food on Beale Street won’t disappoint either.
Dress well and keep hydrated because the Beale Street Music Festival is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it.