Sweetwater 420 Fest announces first batch of 2019 performers
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It’s only Oct. 23, but rock fans and promoters already have their hazy gazes set on the coming year and the 2019 festival landscape. Atlanta’s SweetWater 420 Fest will return to the southern city’s Centennial Olympic Park on April 19-21 next spring, and on Tuesday the event’s organizers announced the first batch of artists who are set to play at the jam-friendly music festival.

The event is once again presented by Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company and will feature performances by hometown jam outfit Widespread Panic, who last played the festival in 2017 and will deliver four sets over two nights this time around. Joining Widespread Panic as part of Tuesday’s announcement includes The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Rebelution, Moon Taxi, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, power funk outfit Turkuaz and west coast space jazz outfit Knower. The announcement also revealed that “Boatloads more” performers will be announced shortly after the start of 2019.

As one of the first 2019 festival lineups to be revealed, SweetWater’s announcement on Tuesday also provides fans with an idea of which artists will be touring and hitting the festival circuit in the coming year. Seeing the Avett Brothers and The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s names on the list confirm that both bands could be releasing new albums in 2019, with the latter actually announcing their next studio project on Tuesday morning as well. Turkuaz and Moon Taxi recently released their own albums in 2018, and continue to thrive as two of the more popular acts who routinely find themselves on a handful of festival posters every summer.

As the popularity traditional rock continues to fade into oblivion, the once-niche jam scene further flourishes with the help of wonderful events like SweetWater 420 Fest. The annual music event has also been one of the festivals which embraces streaming entire performances over the weekend, with fans who can't make it down to Atlanta still finding ways to enjoy the experience. While selfie-obsessed college students on spring break and Los Angeles-elite head out to the southern California desert for Coachella’s second weekend, a different breed of fans will be flocking to Hotlanta for the weekend.

More information on the 2019 SweetWater 420 fest can be found by visiting the event’s website.