The Sloss Music and Arts Festival announced its 2017 lineup today, and headlining the third edition of the festival, taking place in Birmingham Ala. includes Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic and ODESZA.
In what essentially is a hometown show, Alabama Shakes anchor the lineup with their blend of Southern rock, funk, soul and blues. The local favorites burst upon the music scene in 2013 but took the next step in their evolution with 2015's Sound and Color, which saw them rocket to near the top of the lineup for massive festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo.
The second headliner for Sloss Festival, Widespread Panic, knows a thing or two about anchoring major festival lineups and is one of the most popular draws on the jam festival circuit. While always rooted in southern rock traditions, Widespread Panic has made their name by proving they can make virtually any genre their own, touching on jazz, funk, progressive rock and even heavy metal in their years as a touring act.
With two big stages situated across the Sloss Furnaces field from each other, each night of Sloss Festival essentially has two headliners and the bands occupying those two slots couldn't be more different. Seattle electronic duo, ODESZA, started out as a major act in the electronic underground scene but has seen their popularity increase as word of their live prowess grew. The duo won a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Remixed Recording.
Rounding out Sloss Festival's four dual headliners over two nights is Americana sensation Sturgill Simpson. With a voice that hearkens back to outlaw country legends like Waylon Jennings and a fearless willingness to experiment with the limits of where country music can go, Sturgill Simpson has become the anointed savior of alternative country, recently going viral with a barnburner performance on Saturday night live and scoring a surprise "Album of the Year Grammy" nomination for 2017, putting him alongside the likes of Adele and Beyonce.
The remainder of the 40 acts announced for the festival are as diverse as its headliners. Fans of rap and hip-hop will have plenty to celebrate as Run the Jewels anchors a lineup that also includes Vince Staples, K. Flay, and Waka Flocka Flame.
Fans drawn to the southern rock and Americana influences of the headliners have plenty to see too. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats leads a lineup that also includes Judah & the Lion, Conor Oberst, Hiss Golden Messenger, John Moreland, and Ruston Kelly.
Other notable acts booked include Spoon, NeedtoBreathe, Phantogram, Cashmere Cat, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, and a handful of Birmingham favorites looking to make a splash.
The 2017 Sloss Music and Arts Festival will be held Jul. 15-16 at the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. Tickets are on sale now. You can see the full lineup here. You can read our AXS recap of last year's Sloss Festival here and here.