No Country’s Guide to Lexington, KY’s Inaugural Railbird Festival | Aug. 10-11 @ The Grounds at Keeneland


Every year, the summer music festival landscape seems to change and expand, and, though that sometimes can mean growing pains for larger, increasingly competitive events, and uncertainty for smaller ones, there’s been an ongoing demand for more curated, boutique, and unique fests. One of this 2019’s brand new happenings is Railbird Festival in nearby Lexington, Kentucky, which, despite its first-time status, is being presented by festival veterans AC Entertainment (the folks behind Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Moon River, and more). Set to take place this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11 at the historic and picturesque Grounds at KeenelandRailbird is looking like one the region’s hottest tickets of the summer (especially with its unique and regional identity, leaning heavily into Kentucky’s bourbon and horse culture, in addition to music), with more than 30 performers across two stages, covering a wide range of genres, and with quite a few Nashville and Nashville connected performers, in addition to stellar national talent.

A great pick for fans of rootsy, soulful rock, Americana, r&b, pop, and beyond, Railbird’s Saturday, Aug. 10 lineup features The Raconteurs, Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mandolin Orange, Mavis Staples, Robert Earl Keen, Grace VanderWaal, Ruston Kelly, Billy Strings, Low Cut Connie, The Dip, Devon Gilfillian, Lillie Mae, Lucie Silvas, Justin Wells, Ian Noe, and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, and Sunday, Aug. 11 will boast Hozier, Tyler Childers, Gary Clark Jr., St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lucinda Williams, I’m With Her, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Jade Bird, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Wooks, Susto, Futurebirds, Fruit Bats, Yola, Johnny Conqueroo, Kelsey Walden, and Ona.

Tickets range from GA to VIP to an ultra-deluxe Superfecta level, with weekend and day pass options available all right here, so even if you’re the procrastination or spur-of-the-moment plans type, you could still make the trek to Lexington for a quality music filled weekend. Find out more about Railbird at the fest’s site, follow their social media links at the bottom of the page for the latest updates, and check out a preview of every performer below, broken down by day with details on stages and times!

SATURDAY – Aug. 10

THE RACONTEURS | Limestone Stage | 9:30-11:00pm

BRANDI CARLILE | Limestone Stage | 7:15-8:30pm

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW | Elkhorn Stage | 8:15-9:30pm

MANDOLIN ORANGE | Limestone Stage | 5:30-6:30pm

MAVIS STAPLES | Limestone Stage | 3:45-4:45pm

ROBERT EARL KEEN | Elkhorn Stage | 4:45-5:45pm

GRACE VANDERWAAL | Elkhorn Stage | 6:30-7:30pm

RUSTON KELLY | The Burl Stage | 8:00-9:00pm

BILLY STRINGS | The Burl Stage | 6:30-7:30pm

LOW CUT CONNIE | Elkhorn Stage | 3:15-4:00pm

THE DIP | Elkhorn Stage | 1:45-2:30pm

DEVON GILFILLIAN | Limestone Stage | 2:15-3:00pm

LILLIE MAE | The Burl Stage | 5:15-6:00pm

LUCIE SILVAS | Limestone Stage | 1:00-1:45pm

JUSTIN WELLS | The Burl Stage | 4:00-4:45pm

IAN NOE | The Burl Stage | 2:45-3:30pm

JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION | The Burl Stage | 1:30-2:15pm


SUNDAY – Aug. 11

HOZIER | Limestone Stage | 9:00-10:30pm

TYLER CHILDERS | Elkhorn Stage | 7:45-9:00pm

GARY CLARK JR. | Limestone Stage | 6:45-8:00pm

ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES | Limestone Stage | 5:00-6:00pm

LUCINDA WILLIAMS | Elkhorn Stage | 6:00-7:00pm

I’M WITH HER | Limestone Stage | 3:15-4:15pm

DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS | Elkhorn Stage | 4:15-5:15pm

JADE BIRD | Elkhorn Stage | 2:45-3:30pm

BLACKFOOT GYPSIES | The Burl Stage | 7:00-7:45pm

THE WOOKS | The Burl Stage | 5:45-6:30pm

SUSTO | Limestone Stage | 1:45-2:30pm

FUTUREBIRDS | Elkhorn Stage | 1:15-2:00pm

FRUIT BATS | The Burl Stage | 4:30-5:15pm

YOLA | Limestone Stage | 12:30-1:15pm

JOHNNY CONQUEROO | The Burl Stage | 3:15-4:00pm

KELSEY WALDON | The Burl Stage | 2:00-2:45pm

ONA | The Burl Stage | 12:45-1:30pm


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