Tennessee Native Drew Holcomb (of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors) started Moon River Festival back in 2014. For the first four years, Moon River took place in Holcomb’s home town of Memphis. After outgrowing its stunning park setting in Memphis, Holcomb made a big move (figuratively and literally) transferring Moon River to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga last festival season. Holcomb explained the move in a letter to fans online, describing his hopes to expand the dreams. Moon River is a two – day event with a pretty kick ass lineup, showcasing big names in the rock, Americana, Blues, and country scenes.
We had the chance to get down to Moon River last year and had an absolute blast. For more info about travel, where to stay and our Moon River experience – check out our full recap post.
PS. We got the chance to sit down with Drew at Austin City Limits – so check that chat out here.
One of my main goals (or so I thought) for fest season 2020 was to hit a bunch of new festivals – but the problem is, fests keep hitting us with irresistible 2020 lineups. Moon River is no exception.
Seriously Moon River we promised to visit other festivals in 2020, but this lineup is like a boy we can’t stop going back to. . . besides the obvious amazingness that is Sheryl Crow – the undercard on this lineup has a bunch of our faves – we recommend checking out Coin, Colony House, Yola, and Shovels & Rope. And hope you will share some of your faves with us too.
Here are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on Moon River in 2020!
Moon River is what I like to call a boutique festival. It is more intimate than some of the festivals I have attended last year, and not in a bad way. The check-in process was easy and getting in through the gorgeous entrance that featured running water features was smooth. When I was writing last year’s recap, I could not stop using the word gorgeous – but as I said then, the aesthetics at Moon River are on point.
The festival grounds are fantastic – riverside, with bridges running over and through. There are super adorable areas under the bridges with little porch swings and hammocks and tons of shade. Experienced Moon River fans know to arrive early and set up blankets and hammocks in the shade.
Moon River has two stages and no overlap. That means you can see all the shows without any dreaded conflicts to decide between.
And the food is fantastic too!!
Please check back in a couple weeks for more info on Moon River – including our top ten reasons why it is on our can’t miss list for 2020.
For more info or to snag tickets when they go on sale 2/13 – visit the official site.