Beale Street Music Festival

Apr 2020

Tom Lee Park

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The basics

Soak up the history and river views while listening to some of the biggest musicians in the home of rock and roll

The festival

Did you know Elvis once flew all the way across America in a private plane to buy 22 sandwiches, each of which consisted of a hollowed out loaf of bread containing a jar each of jam and peanut butter and a pound of bacon? True story. Now, we're not saying that this festival is as good as 22 Elvis sandwiches, but it will almost certainly make you less sick. And it's statistically less likely to make you die while falling off the toilet, so all in all, probably a win. 

Set in a long park with the historic Beale Street along one edge and the even more historic Mississippi along the other, the festival could not have a more picturesque setting, and the guaranteed sun of a Memphis summer can only make it better. Previous headliners have included the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Killers, The Black Keys, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and Public Enemy. An eclectic mix, then. But also very impressively star-studded.

The festival claims to have had attendees from 12 different nations last year, which would make any decent European festival scoff in derision. But to be fair to them, Americans probably count all of Africa as one country. And all of Europe, come to that. 

Our tip

Try not to eat too many of the sandwiches if you want to fit on the plane back home



Getting there

How do I get there?

The festival is within Memphis itself, in Tom Lee Park which lies between Beale Street and the Mississippi river. It is approachable by car from I-55 and I-240. Upon arrival at Memphis International Airport, you can easily rent a car or a taxi. You can also take a bus into town to save some cash. The public bus stop is in front of Terminal C at the baggage claim level, on the outer drive. Look for the MATA City Bus sign overhead. The buses are as follows:

MATA Bus #2 (Midtown/Medical District/Downtown) picks up about every 25 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:38 a.m. to 5:16 p.m., and every two hours on Saturdays from 6:54 a.m. to 5:24 p.m. There are no scheduled pickups on Sundays.

MATA Bus #4 (LeMoyne Owen College/Downtown) picks up about every hour Monday through Friday from 8:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., with one Saturday pickup at 8:08 p.m. There are no scheduled pickups on Sundays.




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