365 Things to Do in Memphis #259: Gonerfest

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 20th 2012 1205 0

Hear the sounds! Smell the smells! Drink the beer! Assignment #259 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to go check out Gonerfest, Memphis' annual indie, punk and garage rock festival.

Gonerfest, Memphis, Tenn.

Nine years ago, the guys that founded Goner Records launched Gonerfest. Every September, they bring several dozen bands from around the world to Memphis for four sweaty days of rock'n'roll.

Start your Gonerfest right with the opening ceremoneis at the Cooper-Young Gazeebo on Thursday, September 27. Between then and Sunday night's closing party at the Buccaneer, 34 bands will play at five venues.

For Memphians, the festival is a chance to see some of the best garage bands from far away places (like Amsterdam, Ottowa, Tasmania and Tuscon). For the hundreds of out of towners, it's a rare chance to see some of Memphis' finest (the River City Tanlines, Oblivians, Monseiur Jeffery Evans, etc.).

You can buy tickets to individual events ($5 – $20 per event) or pick up a full-festival Golden Pass for $60.

Go there:


Sept. 27 – 30
Hi-Tone Cafe / Murphy's / Buccaneer / Cooper-Young Gazeebo
$5 – $20 per event, or $60 for a full pass

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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