Bourbon and Beyond

Bourbon and Beyond 2024

SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2024
LOUISVILLE, KY

THE SHORT VERSION

The fest dedicated to bourbon and music in the state where 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced.

Bourbon and Beyond bills itself as “the world’s largest music, food and bourbon festival,” which makes you wonder how many other festivals are competing for the niche title. If they exist, they’ll have a hard time finding the kind of dedicated fanbase that Bourbon and Beyond has enjoyed in Louisville, Kentucky, a state where 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced. Even for those few heretics that don’t love a good old fashioned, Bourbon and Beyond has plenty else to offer, like all-star performers, convenient camping right across from the Highland Festival Grounds and celebrity chef demos.

You could even skip the booze entirely and roam from stage to stage (there are four of them), sampling among rock and roll legends like Neil Young, The Beach Boys and The War on Drugs. Past headliners have included Hozier, Blondie, and The Black Keys. Head over to The Culinary Atelier when you get hungry for cooking demos and local eats. Past chefs have included Ed Lee and Chris Santos, from Top Chef and Chopped, respectively.

A lot of spirits-centered conventions lean snobby. They tend to attract a certain class of hipster connoisseur that prefers sniffing their glass to drinking it. But bourbon has always had crossover appeal, beloved by the cogs and the cognoscente, which is partly why the vibe at Bourbon and Beyond is so laid back and inclusive. The only things stiff here are the drinks.

The Specs

  • More than 120,000 people attend.
  • Single-day GA tickets range from $150-$180 depending on the day. Weekend GA tickets are $415. VIP tickets are sold out. Overnight vehicle passes are an additional $100.
  • Check out our list of the best things to do in Louisville.

FAQs

Which airport is closest to the festival grounds?

Louisville International Airport (SDF) is 1 mile away.

What is the bag policy?

There is no official bag policy.

Is the festival ADA-accessible?

ADA parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ASL interpreters are available for select sets.

Which artists are on the festival lineup?

The 2024 lineup includes Zach Bryan, Dave Matthews Band, Tyler Childers, Neil Young, Beck, Matchbox Twenty, The National, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Black Pumas, The Beach Boys, Mt. Joy, Fleet Foxes, Young the Giant, Maren Morris, The Head and the Heart, Teddy Swims, Melissa Etheridge, Koe Wetzel, Milky Chance, The Red Clay Strays, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Kaleo, Sierra Ferrell, Charles Wesley Godwin, Shane Smith & the Saints, The Wallflowers, Cory Wong, X Ambassadors, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dinosaur Jr., Larkin Poe, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Lucius, JJ Grey & Mofro, Beth Hart, Allen Stone, Niko Moon, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The War and Treaty, Ole 60, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Mat Kearney, Arlo Parks, Hiss Golden Messenger, Smith & Myers, Breland, Patty Smyth, Wyatt Flores, Cimafunk, Futurebirds, The Bacon Brothers, M Ward, Soul Asylum, Son Volt, Jade Bird, Neal Francis, Suzanne Vega, Wild Rivers, Dexter and the Moonrocks, KT Tunstall, The Dip, Meg Myers, Samantha Fish, Amigo the Devil, The Record Company, Taylor Acorn, Dan Tyminski, The Sam Bush Band, The Jerry Douglas Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka’s Earljam, Sister Sadie, Devon Gilfillian, Robert Finley, Abby Anderson, Abraham Alexander, Vincent Neil Emerson, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Royel Otis, Mac Saturn, Jake Kohn, The Castellows, Madi Diaz, Motherfolk, Grace Bowers, Mapache, Maggie Antone, Briscoe, Duane Betts & the Palmetto Motel, Hueston, Robert Jon & the Wreck, The Brothers Comatose, Theo Lawrence, Colby T. Helms and the Virginia Creepers, Nicholas Jamerson & the Morning Jays, New Dangerfield, Big Richard, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Chatham County Line, Tray Wellington Band, The Kentucky Gentlemen, Lizzie No, The Jacob Jolliff Band, East Nash Grass, The Local Honeys, Mountain Grass Unit, Kaia Kater, The Last Revel and Kyle Ray.

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BY Jeremiah David Jenkins