Come enjoy one of the world’s greatest music bashes March 24-27, 2022. Tickets on sale now!
Founded in 2009, Big Ears Festival is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines. Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums, and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration.
2021 Lineup: PATTI SMITH, JOHN ZORN, SPARKS, MEREDITH MONK, MOSES SUMNEY, KIM GORDON, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, YVES TUMOR, LOW, ANNETTE PEACOCK, KRONOS QUARTET, BILL FRISELL, SONS OF KEMET, JASON MORAN, BILL CALLAHAN, PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND, MARC RIBOT, CAROLINE SHAW, JOE HENRY, EFTERKLANG, MDOU MOCTAR, AROOJ AFTAB, GEORGIA ANNA MULDROW, BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS, ANDREW CYRILLE, TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND, RON MILES QUINTET, SŌ PERCUSSION, NATHALIE JOACHIM, NUBYA GARCIA, SHABAKA HUCHINGS, KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, DAWN RICHARD, SAUL WILLIAMS