Festival season is heating up and the Railbird Festival in Lexington is ready to rock this weekend.

Chris Stapleton and Noah Kahan headline this years festival along with over 30 artists across three stages including Hozier, Turnpike Troubadours, Counting Crows, Lord Huron, Wynonna Judd, Dwight Yoakam, and Elle King.

The 2023 Railbird Festival was a display of perfection from all perspectives. The stage set-ups were cleverly spaced, there were plenty of bar and food offerings without long waits and the musical talent from early each day to the headliners of Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan offered a range of genres and familiarity.

For the 2024 festival, expect another great weekend of music and entertainment. While all of the acts will be fantastic, here are a few that we look forward to checking out.

Saturday Highlights

The Saturday line-up kicks off the weekend of fun and music at 1:00 with country singer Britney Spencer and rounds out at 11:00 PM with the infamous Noah Kahan rocking out his folk-infused pop for the late-night audience. Be on the lookout for some great bands you might not have heard of throughout the day including Flatland Calvary (Limestone Stage 3:15-4:15), an up-and-coming West Texas country band known to be “easy on the ears, and heavy on the heart” and a nice ease into the afternoon.

Then, also on the Limestone Stage is the smooth voice and great guitar solos of Marcus King (Limestone Stage 5:15-6:15). Hailing from South Carolina, his soulful rhythm of blues and southern rock make for a sound that is always a pleasure to take in.

Another gem for the afternoon will be Sam Barber (Burl Stage 6:30-7:30), a young country rocker with hints of Tyler Childers or Zach Bryan whose songs include a mix of country and rock.

Counting Crows (Limestone Stage 7:15-8:15) will bring back memories from the 90’s with hits like Mr. Jones, Big Yellow Taxi and Accidentally in Love.

A nice transition after Counting Crows is Turnpike Troubadours (Elkhorn Stage 8:15-9:30) who is known as a gritty country band with hints of Cajun, bluegrass and rock with fun songs like Long Hot Summer Day, Diamonds & Gasoline and Good Lord Lorrie.

To round out the day, Grammy nominated Noah Kahan (Limestone Stage 9:30-11:00) will take the stage with his folk-pop sounds and hits including Stick Season, Northern Attitude and others that will close out Saturday with all of the good feels.

Saturday is sure to bring a full day of fun and great music to all.

Sunday Highlights

Sunday will be another great day of music with Brent Cobb kicking things off at 1:00 on the Elkhorn Stage and running through to the weekend’s biggest draw with Chris Stapleton on the Limestone Stage from 9:30-11:00 and a lot of great sets to check out in-between.

Kip Moore (Limestone Stage 1:45-2:30) will perform his country hits like Somethin’ Bout a Truck and Beer Money to keep the afternoon moving and leading into the must-see The Infamous Stringdusters (Elkhorn Stage 2:30-3:15), a bluegrass band with hints of rock, good old country music, and filled with great banjo playing perform.

Another highlight of the afternoon is the classic country hit maker Dwight Yoakam (5:15-6:15). A shoe-in for the country Hall of Fame, Yoakam’s hits include Guitars and Cadillacs, Fast as You, Hinky Tonk Man and A Thousand Miles from Nowhere.

The Red Clay Strays (Burl Stage 6:30-7:30) have grown in popularity over the past couple of years with their outlaw country and rock sounds and definitely worth the walk over to see them.

There is no doubt that Lord Huron (Limestone Stage 7:15-8:15) and Hozier (8:15-9:30) will be crowd pleasers and bring all of their hits, but, be sure to find your spot for the headliner and Kentucky native, Chris Stapleton (Limestone Stage 9:30-11:00) whose hit list is long and familiar with his rocking songs like White Horse, Parachute and Arkansas to his easy and smooth favorites like You Should Probably Leave, Broken Halos and What Are You Listening to, the set will be one that will close out big weekend with a bang.

In all, Railbird is set to have a wonderful two-days of live music that you won’t want to miss.

For the full line-up, information and tickets visit RailbirdFest.com


Ticket Info:

GA+ Tickets provide access to the GA+Lounge with relaxed seating, air-conditioned restrooms, a private bar with drinks for purchase and complimentary water and a dedicated GA+ Concierge to assist with your festival needs. VIP Tickets include unlimited access to the VIP Lounge with relaxed seating, air-conditioned restrooms, private bar with drinks for purchase and complimentary water, preferred viewing areas at the two main stages and more. Platinum Tickets include all VIP amenities plus unlimited access to the Platinum Lounge with a complimentary full-service bar and all-day complimentary dining, golf cart transportation between stages and more. New in 2024, the 2-person Superfecta package features all Platinum amenities plus on-stage viewing opportunities, reserved prime parking, an invitation to a special pre-festival tour on Friday evening with bites and drinks included, plus much more. For the full list of available tickets and amenities, visit RailbirdFest.com. Children 8 and under may enter for free alongside a ticketed adult.

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*Covered by Jacob and Johnathon Dreisbach