Bluegrass royalty, the Del McCoury Band, will headline the 15th Aiken Bluegrass Festival (ABF) on May 10th and 11th in Aiken, SC. The two-time GRAMMY winner, celebrating his 80th birthday this year, is at the top of a bill that brings the three-stage festival back to the roots of bluegrass.
The full lineup includes:
- Del McCoury Band
- Billy Strings
- Keller and the Keels (Keller Williams’ string band collaboration)
- Larry Keel Experience (making their 14th ABF appearance)
- Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
- Cris Jacobs
- Lindsay Lou
- Town Mountain
- Brad Parsons & Starbird
- Kitchen Dwellers
- Tenth Mountain Division
- Kyle Tuttle Band
- Benny Galloway
- Artist-at-large Zebulon Bowles
- DJ Bontzilla
- Doug & The Henrys
The Aiken Bluegrass Festival is known for unique collaborations and this year is no exception as Billy Strings' Psychedelic Circus returns with help from the Cris Jacobs Band. In addition, ABF will host Terrapin Mountain for the “Old and In The Way” tribute, a special-guest-loaded full band set from Kyle Tuttle, and the new and improved Campfire Stage will host performances right in the campground.
The festival will be held at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds (561 May Royal Drive in Aiken, SC), which is about 2.5 hours from Charleston. On-site tent camping is available, as well as a deluxe RV area with power, water, and sewer. Primitive RV sites (no hookups) are also available. For those not wishing to camp, the city of Aiken has other lodging options available. For more information on camping, which is separately ticketed, visit the ticketing tab on the ABF website.
Children are welcome at the event and there is a kid's area featuring a bouncy house playground.
The event also includes food and drink vendors with vegan options. Craft vendors will also be on-site.
Gates to the fairground open at 10 am and main festival gates will open at 2 pm on Friday, May 10th.
Tickets are on sale now at www.loveabf.com. Buy early to take advantage of Early Bird pricing on GA wristbands as pricing increases after February 14th. A limited number of LOVE VIP packages are available - perks include early entry (Thursday) camping, 2 private cash bars, side stage viewing areas, a backstage Bloodys & Brunch event (with an acoustic performance and a catered meal/open bar), and a VIP-only screen printed festival poster.