The first three acts set to play the Newport Folk Festival this summer have been revealed
Thanks to a gorgeous location, easy-to-maneuver grounds and relaxing vibe, the Newport Folk Festival is one festival that isn’t too dependent on the strength of its lineup. Yet when festival producers put together an impressive bill, the decision to attend becomes even easier. With HT faves Elvis Costello, Amos Lee, The Felice Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Middle Brother and the PS22 Chorus among the artists scheduled to perform at the 52nd edition of Newport Folk on July 30 and 31, this lineup looks like a winner.
This year’s bill features a nice mix of artists with long, illustrious histories (Earl Scruggs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wanda Jackson & Mavis Staples) alongside established folk-rock acts (The Decemberists, Gillian Welch, M. Ward & Gogol Bordello) and up-and-coming rising stars (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Trampled By Turtles & What Cheer? Brigade). We’re especially excited to see that the youngsters of the PS 22 Chorus, fresh off appearances at The Oscars and Madison Square Garden, are making the trip up to Newport this summer.
Here’s a look at the complete initial artist announcement…
The Decemberists, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Earl Scruggs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Tegan & Sara, The Felice Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Delta Spirit, Middle Brother, The Wailin’ Jennys, Freelance Whales, The Secret Sisters, Trampled by Turtles, The Civil Wars, The Head & The Heart, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Cave Singers, What Cheer? Brigade, Mountain Man, David Wax Museum, Devil Makes Three, Song Circle with Dar Williams Ellis Paul John Gorka & Liz Queler, Typhoon, The Seeger Clogging All-Stars, The Ebony Hillbillies, BrownBird, River City Extension and PS 22
Tickets for the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival go on sale this Thursday, March 31 at 10AM EDT via the event’s website. You can also purchase tickets in person at the Newport Visitor Information Center.
READ ON for a breakdown of Newport Folk Festival artists by day…