2018 Beale Street Music Fest Tips and Tricks

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 2nd 2018 12060 0

Memphis In May kicks off this weekend at the 2018 Beale Street Music Fest. I hope you’ve already got your tickets to see folks like Jack White, Alanis Morissette, Erykah Badu, Post Malone, Queens of the Stone Age, and dozens of others, but if you’re looking for extras…I am giving away a pair of three-day passes to one lucky winner. Giveaway ended!

Click here for the Beale Street Music Fest Lineup.

Click here for the Beale Street Music Fest Stage Schedule.

** Congrats to our winner, Heather H.** and thanks to everyone who entered! 

Joey Miller


1. Subscribe to the I Love Memphis Blog by clicking here. All that means is you’ll get a short email when I publish a new blog post, so you won’t miss any info about new restaurants, things to do on the weekends, cool Memphis music, and giveaways like this one. If you’re already subscribed, you’re good to go.

2. Leave me a comment on this blog post. THIS. HERE. BLOG. POST. Telling me who you’re most looking forward to seeing.

3. IMPORTANT FINE PRINT. I will randomly draw a winner’s name on Friday at 8 a.m. and I will update this post with that winner’s name and I will also email them by 8:05 a.m. You will have to come to the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau at 47 Union Ave. in downtown Memphis on that day between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If I don’t hear from you by 10 a.m., I have to give the tickets to someone else.

And now, here are some tips to make the most of your time at Music Fest in Memphis for 2018.

Joey Miller

7 Quick Beale Street Music Fest Tips

1. Wear comfortable shoes. This in an outdoor riverside music fest, people! It’s not Sunday School! So leave your heels and cute wedges and snazzy kicks at home! Don’t even make me bring up flip flops. I suggest wearing boots you don’t mind getting dirty. I wear rain boots every year, whether it’s dry or muddy or raining or sunny, then I don’t have to worry about it.

2. Stop what you’re doing right now and download the LiveSafe app.  This is how festival organizers will communicate with you for weather updates, delays, schedule changes with bands, and any kind of emergency notices. This goes for all Memphis In May events.

3. Print your ticket. It’s just easier for them to scan it. If you have a three-day pass, print out three copies of it in case you lose yours.

3. Water: You can bring in an EMPTY Camelback or a SEALED water bottle. Then, you can go to a water station and refill. Check out the whole list of do-bring-don’t-bring here.

4. Arrive early. At entry, they’re doing a metal detector wand and all the usual bag searches, and while the line moves fast, arrive in plenty of time to go through security.

5. Bring cash. There are ATMs onsite, but if you want to save yourself the hassle, go ahead and bring cash for drinks and some of our delicious local food trucks.

6. Make a plan. Cell phone service is iffy. Make plans with your group on when and where to rendezvous in the park in case (let’s face it, when) texts don’t go through.

7. Get a locker or bring a charger. You can rent a locker that includes charging – reserve that here. Or just bring your powered-up personal charger.

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to leave a comment below.

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  1. Amor says:

    I’m excited to see Tyler the Creator and Erykah Badu!!! I hope I win. 🙂

  2. Nick says:

    Tank and the Bangas!



  4. Rachael says:


  5. Jacqueline Wood says:

    First of all, I’m a new mom and I am totally excited about this summers’ Beale Street Music Fest. And that I can actually be out without prego bump and nausea. I’m so ready to vibe and dance aka known as shaking my tail feather LOL!! seriously, so… By the way, Did I say please pick me!?!? :)) Well…Please pick me to win the tickets, thank you!! :)) I’m looking forward to seeing AMASA HINES, Chinese Connection, Dub Embassy, Tav Falco+Panther Burns, Earl The Pearl, Tora Tora, Tank&The Bangas and Biscuit Miller &The Mix.

  6. Chris says:

    thanks for the great blog post and info, Holly!

    I am most interested in seeing Incubus!!!

  7. Rebecca Johnston says:

    Alanis Morissette-she’s been my go to for years! I even told a boyfriend once that I didn’t want to talk on the phone in the mornings because I need to jam out to her on my drive to work!

  8. Mark Celichowski says:

    David Byrne

  9. Kate Zimmerman says:

    It’s been a life-long dream of mine to see Jack White in concert! I grew up listening to The White Stripes with my dad and I get so excited even listening to Jack White’s solo albums. I’m a die-hard Flaming Lips fan too, and seeing both of these acts would fill my indie/alternative music fix for an entire year 🙂 Not to mention that Queens of the Stone Age are performing friday! I have only been to BSMF once and I would love to make it this year

  10. Jeannette says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Alanis Morissette the most!

  11. Casey F says:

    Alanis!! Post Malone and juicy j

  12. kevin brower says:

    Flaming lips

  13. Alissa says:

    Tyler the Creator and Post Malone (but also jack White and odesza)

  14. Amanda Hill says:

    Logic and Post Malone

  15. Abby Holley says:

    I have to see Post Malone! He is my absolute favorite artist and I will actually cry my eyes out getting to see him! Thxs for the chance

  16. Charlotte White says:

    I really want to see Erykah Badu and Logic! Last year was my first year going and i had a blast. Haven’t been able to afford tickets this year so this is my only option. I love your blog, always keeping me informed of the positive things going on in Memphis.

  17. Brad Carter says:

    Can’t wait to see David Byrne!

  18. Megan Carolan says:

    Can’t wait to see Vance Joy!!

  19. Doug says:

    Most excited to see david byrne!!!

  20. Charna says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Tank and the Bangas!

  21. Allison Pierce says:

    o d e s z a ✨

  22. Savannah says:

    Tyler the Creator is who I’m most excited about! Him, Post Malone, Odeza, Jack White, & All Time Low are so good too

  23. Jen says:

    Would loooove to see Queens of the Stoneage!

  24. Tate says:

    DAVID BYRNE! The first time my wife and I ever hung out we were listening to Talking Heads Stop Making Sense. We still rock that album today, just with our 4 children.

  25. Deborah Horwitz says:

    Looking forward to feeling like I’m back in middle school, rocking out to Alanis, Cake and 3rd eye blind!

  26. Abbye Pates says:

    def excited to see Robert Randolph and the Family Band!

  27. Meredith Franklin says:

    I want to see Erykah Badu!!

  28. Gina Turner says:

    Looking forward to Jack White! I love your posts!

  29. Jacob Harris says:

    Luke Combs, Incubus, and Third Eye Blind!

  30. Lauren W. says:

    I am excited to see Ludacris! “I’m willin’ to do whatever it takes, whatever the stakes.”

  31. Clint Cantwell says:

    First of all, thanks for putting together this great ticket giveaway!

    If selected, I would love to go check out David Byrne, someone who I grew up listening to when he was lead singer of the Talking Heads!

  32. Teresa Samuels says:

    This is actually for my daughter 27 yrs Hether Black , mentioned Porcelin went to school with her and how much she would love to see her performance. Hether has an amazing voice too. It would bring me such joy to present her with a free pass to enjoy the festival. Thank you for the opportunity and consideration. God bless Memphis
    Teresa R Samuels

  33. Kelli Berry says:

    I am looking forward to seeing Alanis Morissette, since the last time I saw her was at the Orpheum…Years ago!

  34. Jacob Harris says:

    Luke Combs, Incubus, & Third Eye Blind!

  35. Lindsay Bradshaw says:

    I am so excited to see Ludacris! I was told that the last time he performed at MIM he was so good.

  36. Jennifer says:

    I’m claiming those tickets so I look forward to seeing one of the greatest soul SINGERS of all time Erykah Badu!!

  37. Abbey Clark says:


  38. Sarah Conte says:

    I most want to see LOGIC at the BSMF, because not only is he an amazing performer and Arist, but his lyrics have a lot of purposeful meaning. He has a positive vibe that really speaks to me. I was very surprised to see that he was coming to Memphis! There are just so many musical legends that are born and perform here. I think that’s what draws me into the soulful city. I’ve never been to the BSMF so I think this would be amazing if I won!

  39. Eddy says:

    I just want to crowd surf at Post Malone!!! #bucketlist

  40. Justin T says:

    I cannot wait to fan girl out to Dashboard Confessional #solongsolong #screamingInfidelities #dontwait

  41. Colleen Fischman says:

    I am most excited for third eye blind! I would love to win tickets I am the biggest fan of BSMF and it’s always the best time!

  42. Denise says:

    I Wanna See Badu!!!!!

  43. Sara Furnivall says:


  44. Hunter says:

    The Flaming Lips!

  45. Lori holley says:

    I am most excited to see Post Malon. I hear it all the time when riding with my daughter so I can’t wait to see him in person!!

  46. Christina Naguiat says:

    Alanis Morissette

  47. Ashley Nicole says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Erykah Badu!!!!

  48. Ashley Nicole says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Erykah Badu

  49. Jenny Lam says:

    I want to see Cake, Tyler the Creator, All Time Low, and Erykah Badu!! I’ve never been to music fest!

  50. TRAVIS says:

    I want to see Jack White! Everyone else is just a bonus!

  51. Mandy Cloys says:

    Chevelle is top on my list of must-see bands at Memphis in May!

  52. Eric Wilkinson says:

    I’m loving the new Jack White record, so I’m most excited to see him and David Byrne.
    Also, I am excited to eat lots and lots of corn dogs.
    I love corn dogs.

  53. Lizzie says:

    Alanis Morissette!

  54. Carol says:

    All Time Low with my daughter, it’s her favorite band!

  55. April Scott says:

    I am most looking forward to seeing Jack White!

  56. Tyler Whitehead says:

    I’ve never been to music fest, but I’m most looking forward to Post Malone. I also like Logic, Luke Combs, Chevelle, and Ludacris to name a few. I would greatly appreciate if you picked me to win!

  57. GM says:

    Vance Joy and Kaleo!!!!!

  58. Andy Smithers says:

    I want to see Alanis morrisett.

  59. Kayla says:

    ACTION BRONSON!! We have been in Memphis for 3 years and still haven’t made it to the festival. Fingers crossed for this year!

  60. Candice says:

    I am excited to Alanis, Erykah & Logic. This will be my first Beale Street music fest and also my birthday!!!

  61. Beka lowry says:

    I am looking forward to seeing incubus

  62. John Michael says:


  63. Lynelle says:

    I’m so excited!!! Looking forward to seeing Ludacris. I hope I win tickets!!! Thanks!

  64. K. Brewster says:

    Jamming to Alanis Morissette always remind me of my mama <3

  65. Hannah says:


  66. Samantha Minyard says:

    Would love to see Jack White and David Byrne but most excited to see Margo Price. I saw her last year at Minglewood Hall and she put on a fantastic performance!

  67. Kisha J. says:

    I want see Erykah Badu so bad

  68. Stephanie says:

    I’m excited to see kaleo!

  69. Dustin Oswald says:

    Cake!!! Bringing me back to the good ole days!

  70. Dustin Oswald says:

    High school reunion with Alanis and Ludacris

  71. Kyna Vuong says:

    I want to see Post Malone! Post Malone’s new album is amazing and seeing and hearing it live would be even MORE AMAZING!

  72. Heather Cromwell says:

    I can’t wait to see Incubus and Chevelle on Saturday and Post Malone on Sunday!!!

  73. Ginny says:

    So many good artist but I’m looking forward to Odesza, Alanis Morissette, Jack White, incubus!

  74. Heather Harlow says:

    This blog was so helpful! Seeing the tips for BSMF gave me better knowledge of what to be aware of. I have been so excited for Friday that I literally took off work two months in advance I’m so excited to see Logic! He has been such an incredible person to look up too. I spend hours watching is documentaries and learning not only his music, but the person he actually is outside of music. He’s awesome! Also, thank you to the I love Memphis blog and insta posts for helping me around this city! I just recently moved here and if it wasn’t for all her post I would be a lost puppy in this town! Thank you!! Ps my friends Rose and shayne are in the picture on this page I’m freaking out a bit

  75. Caroline McGuinn says:

    I can’t wait to see Luke Combs! 🙂

  76. Nefertiti says:

    I am excited to see Tank and Bangas! My chacos and I are super excited for BSMF18.

  77. Ashley Ingram says:

    So excited about Jack White and David Byrne!

  78. Megan Jacob says:

    New to Memphis and never been to Beale Street Music Fest. Hoping I win and get to go, so I can see Dashboard Confessional!

  79. Kirk Williams says:

    Delbert McClinton… would love to see him and any of the many Memphis artists

  80. Belinda Andrews says:

    Alanis Morissette, would love to see her! But many more would be worth it!

  81. Kristen Moskway says:

    We’re most excited about seeing Govt Mule on Saturday! First Spring in Memphis. Can’t wait to experience some new fun!

  82. Angela Perry says:

    I would ❤️to see POST MALONE!!!
    My son is coming to Memphis from Oklahoma City and I would love to take him.

  83. Angela Perry says:


  84. Lauren says:

    I am so excited for music fest! Alanis… Ludacris….I am counting down and would love to win tickets!

  85. Elizabeth says:

    David Byrne & Jack White!

  86. Shannon Caldwell says:

    Would love to be able to see The Flaming Lips–saw them at Bonnaroo in 2003 while preggers with my son. He’s now a teenager, and Mom could still rock out for one night at least!

  87. Carlyle says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Erykah Badu, Juicy J and Logic.

  88. Chevida says:


  89. Lilia says:

    I missed All Time Low before and I definitely don’t want to miss them again!

  90. Pam says:

    Lots I want to see but my number one is JACK WHITE and his badass drummer Carla!

  91. lauren w says:

    Vance Joy!

  92. Jessica says:

    Dan Barta, of course. He’s coming all the way from the Czech Republic.

  93. Fred P says:

    Why Not? Not like I’m gonna win any way.

    What night is Beyonce performing??

  94. Morgan Smith says:

    I love your blog and would so appreciate a free pass! Regardless, see all ya’ll there!

  95. Ani says:

    Can’t wait to see Incubus
    Thanks for doing this giveaway! 🙂

  96. Bekah says:

    I would love to see Alanis Morrisette!

  97. Ellanor Pruitt says:

    Hi there! I’m in town for the weekend on vacation with my fiancé, and we’re both so excited to see All Time Low! We grew up listening to them in high school and I guess you could say Dear Maria Count Me In was one of *our songs.* Anyways, it would be an absolutely amazing experience on our trip if we could be able to see them live! Thanks for taking the time to read this!

  98. Shannon Adler says:

    I’m honestly so glad you’re giving out a free pass to the music fest!! Literally, I had no idea what I was going to do this year for my daughter’s 18th birthday since tickets are so expensive. Alex has always been such a music lover, she really wanted to see Logic and Ludacris this year, but as a single working mother, I can’t always afford to give her everything she wants. Ahh you’re such a lifesaver even if I don’t get the tickets I still really appreciate the chance!!

  99. Priscilla Wang says:

    I’m def wanting to see Juicy J at this year’s Music Fest. I was planning to go with a couple of my friends from U of M, but some things didn’t work out and now it’s either I go to music fest or I can buy food for next week. It’s a pretty obvious choice between the two, but I don’t want to just give up on my plans so I’m still looking forward to going with this giveaway 😀

  100. Megan Smith says:

    We are DYING to see Alanis and Dashboard Confessional (but mainly Alanis )

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