During the last decade, Big Ears has developed a reputation for presenting preeminent musical pioneers and cutting-edge innovators from a wide swath of genres, earning it praise from The New York Times as “a music festival with a rare vision” and from Rolling Stone as “a listening experience unlike any other in America.”
Along with Hopscotch and Moogfest, Big Ears remains one of our favorite independent music festivals in US. As a way of a proof here’s a little playlist we compiled of footage taken at this year’s BE.
The collection includes live performances by Shane Parish, Mercury Rev, David Torn, Bill Frisell and many more. If you’ll head over to our Mixcloud you can hear more performances and songs from from Peter Gregson, Harold Budd / Mary Lattimore and Jon Mueller.
Just few days ago Big Ears made their first announcement about 2020 lineup and to say we’re psyched is an understatement. Marc Ribot, Sarah Davachi and Peter Brotzmann were just a few names that jumped out at us immediately – and there’s even more announcements on the way!
While we’re waiting we’d like to share some more reading material related to BE both from us and other blogs/publications. See you in 2020, BE!
More BE 2019 recaps – Ian Chang, This is Not This Heat, Coupler, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Neill / Mimi Goese
Garden of Harmonious Interests – guest mix by Coupler
Guest mix by Shane Parish
Live Review: Big Ears 2019 (via JazzTimes)
Big Ears 2019: Some Overlooked Festival Gems (via Arts Knoxville)
Yet Another Big Ears Review (via Avant Music News)
Musicians are fans at 2019 Big Ears (via WBIR)
Big Ears 2019: The Ending (via Inside of Knoxville)
Our Six Favorite Performances at the 2019 Big Ears Festival (via Paste)