Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Tennessee, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Blue Plum Festival to Bonnaroo, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Dates: Mid September
"Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights–and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country music. It’s hardly strictly bluegrass. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does. And if you’ve never been, you’ll never know how much."
-Con Nooga - Dates: Late February
"CON NOOGA is Chattanooga's first and only Multi-Fandom (Multiple Genre) Convention covering everything from Celebrities, Artists, Authors, Film Makers, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Paranormal, Haunting, Costuming, Concerts, Shows, Contests, Gaming, Console Gaming, Seminars, Workshops, Families, and Fun. Not to mention the numerous DEALERS, and EXHIBITORS in our 40,000 Square Foot Exhibitor Hall. Over 100+ Special Guests, dealers and fan groups help to make Con Nooga complete."
-Riverbend Festival - Dates: Early June
"About one hundred acts perform each year on multiple stages. Headline performers are featured on the Coca-Cola Stage, a barge which has been converted into a full concert stage. The barge floats just off shore against a large collection of amphitheater seats built into a hillside at the water's edge. Major companies, such as Volkswagen, Unum, and Budweiser sponsor other stages throughout the riverfront area." - Submit to Perform
-Blue Plum Festival - Dates: Early June
"The Music is the heart of the Festival. Specializing in Americana artists, the Festival has become one of the highlights on artists' calenders. Artists such as Doc Watson, Nickel Creek, Sam Bush, the everybodyfields, The Subdudes, Drew Emmitt Band and Goose Creek Symphony have made appearances throughout the years. Bringing regional and national artists to the Festival has increased the attendance at the event and the numbers have grown to over 80,000 people."
-Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival - Dates: Mid May
"Rhythm N’ Blooms is a festival that’s just as much about the city of Knoxville as it is about music. The festival honors the identity and spirit of our rich East Tennessee history while providing a premium listening environment for top-notch musical performances. Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of this city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest musicians East Tennessee has to offer."
-Bonnaroo - Dates: Mid June
"4 of the best days ever. 80,000 happy campers. 700 Acres of Tennessee Nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Several dozen comedians. An escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass. A mini film fest. Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity."
-Beale Street Music Festival - Dates: Early May
"Over the past decade the festival has attracted over 1.1 million music fans to the multistage three-day event, best known for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent and its musically inspired setting. The festival is held in a beautiful 25 acre riverfront park at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the mighty Mississippi River."
-Moon River Music Festival - Dates: Early October
-Americana Music Festival & Conference - Dates: Mid September
"The Americana Music Conference features numerous panels, seminars and much more, proudly providing Nashville's most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders. " - Submit to Perform
-Howl at the Moon Indie Music Festival - Dates: Mid September
-Threat Fest - Dates: Late August
"Threat Fest is a two night DIY event made up of some of Nashville's best local bands, as well as several regional touring acts. The festival was created to bring together the different communities of Middle Tennessee in an effort to celebrate the immense talent that it has to offer. Ultimately, Threat Fest is about encouraging one another to pursue their passions through art." - Submit to Perform via firstname.lastname@example.org.