May 16, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Beale Street Music Festival moves to Liberty Park: What to expect

4 min read

The annual Beale Street Music Festival is set to return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While all the key elements of the festival — top performers in rock, roots, pop and rap, along with fans from all 50 states — will be familiar, the location of the event will not. 

Due to ongoing construction at the fest’s usual Tom Lee Park home, this year’s event will take place at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park. For Memphis in May officials, this has presented a slew of new challenges in putting on the festival.

The Fairgrounds in Liberty Park and Tiger Lane will be the home of the Beale Street Music Festival in 2022 as Tom Lee Park undergoes renovations.  Tiger Lane is pictured during the 2019 Southern Hot Wings Festival.

The Fairgrounds has not hosted a multi-day, multi-stage music fest in decades. “Maybe 30 or 40 years ago, you had the Cotton Carnival music festival, but the configuration of the Fairgrounds has changed since then,” said Jim Holt, Memphis in May president and CEO. 

“As a result, there was no real blueprint or template for us to go from. We’d previouslydone the BBQ contest in 2011 at the Fairgrounds, due to river flooding at Tom Lee. But really we had to develop a production plan from scratch.”

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