MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Tom Lee Park was packed with more than 30,000 attendees, with all tickets selling out Thursday.
This was the festival’s second sell out year.
A variety of performances included several genres like the rock band Everclear and Flogging Molly.
“We have country, we have rap, we have hardcore rock,” said longtime attendee Jamie Foust.
Foust has attended for over the last 20 years.
“Since 1994,” she shares. “I’ve missed one time and that’s because I was pregnant.”
She’s also witnessed the festival’s growth. “It was so intimate from that time whenever I was young and now it’s so intense with the social media,” said Faust.
This year’s festival honored the city of Memphis.
“It’s the first time in 42 years that we have honored someone besides a foreign country,” said Robert Griffin, the Vice President of Marketing with Memphis in May.
“We’ve honored a city and for it to be our hometown is even more special on its bicentennial.”
Officials commented that plans are already getting underway for the festival next year, even with the planned project to redesign Tom Lee Park in the works.
The World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest kicks off on May 15.