They say good things comes in “three’s” or at least that seams to be the case for the 2017 version of Birmingham, Alabama’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival. With this being it’s third year, Sloss Fest now holds an upperclassman status and is looking ride the momentum from the two previous years. Similar to previous years, they kept a healthy dose of local talent in the lineup that also includes a wide range of genres and set it right in the middle of an old blast furnace that used to produce high grade steel.
This year’s lineup is slightly different in that the headliners for each night are southern rock favorites and both hailing Athens. From Athens, Georgia, Widespread Panic will be closing out Saturday night and from Athens, Alabama, the Alabama Shakes will be closing out Sunday night. Other big names to hit the stage this weekend will be Sturgill Simpson, Odesza, Tycho and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
The must see acts coming to town are all creating a buzz in each of their respected genres. From the Hip Hop side of things you have Run the Jewels, Mike Floss and Vince Staples (who’s name is popping up everywhere). On the Singer-Songwriter / Americana side you have John Moreland, Conor Oberst, Hiss Golden Messenger and Charles Bradley and the Extraordianries. Locally there is Nerves Baddington, CBDB and the New Devils who all are looking to build their brand and carve their notch in the market.
Tickets are going fast with the highest tier VIP packages having already sold out. You can get a weekend pass for $135 or upgrade to VIP for $325 that includes access to air conditioned tents which is hard to put a price on during July in Alabama.
We will see you this weekend at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark for the third annual Sloss Music & Arts Festival. Check out our reviews and photos from Sloss Fest 2015 & 2016: