Big Ears Festival 2019 Lineup Announced! The mission of the Big Ears Festival is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens and builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film, arts programming, and interactive experiences presented in Knoxville, TN. Founded in 2009, Big Ears is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines. Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums, and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration. Annually, the festival supports 100+ performances of music, film, and art over four days. Community engagement typically includes 50+ panels, workshops, and performances that are free and open to the public. In 2016, Big Ears was hailed by The New York Times as “the widest-angle music festival in the country, bridging the spaces between the classical tradition, improvised music, electronics and guitars,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “the most open-minded music gathering in the country.”
Forecastle has come and gone again, but that doesn't stop WUTK from playing all the great artists that headline festivals ALL YEAR LONG! We are your concert and festival hook-up, and thanks to Pour Taproom Knoxville for sponsoring our 2018 Forecastle contest! We hope you had fun at Forecastle!
The 2017 Scruffy City Film & Music Festival will bring filmmakers and composers from all parts of the country to Knoxville July 27-30 for a four-day non-stop celebration of film and music at Scruffy City Hall in Market Square. The 2017 Official Selections include 46 films chosen from hundreds of submissions from over forty countries. This year's selections were picked exclusively from the filmmaker and composer submissions. Of note, make sure to listen to WUTK to win a day pass for Friday, July 28 or Saturday, July 29 so you can catch these fine films: No Roads In - Friday 7/28, 7pm at Scruffy City Hall: Witness the creation of an album of gritty and authentic country music, recorded with analog equipment in just five days in an abandoned Alberta farmhouse. Trailer. The Crest - Saturday 7/29, 7pm, at Scruffy City Hall: Two long-lost cousins find each other through a family reunion trip to Ireland, where surfing and an old violin contribute to the rich tapestry of their family's history. Trailer. And make sure to show up Saturday, July 29th to catch Alanna Royale, Ex Gold, and Electric Darling, presented by WUTK! Event Website.