The Two Step Inn in Georgetown, TX (just north of Austin) became one of numerous new country music megafestivals launched in 2023 that was tailored to a decidedly more independent and traditional country crowd. Along with headliners Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers, you had an injection of resurgent ’90s country stars like Tanya Tucker and Wynonna Judd as well. The mix was right with people looking for an alternative to the mainstream, and the fest sold out almost immediately.
Promoted by Austin-based C3 Presents that’s owned in part by Live Nation, Two Step Inn also symbolized the entry of live music’s biggest corporation into the independent country space.
After 2023 sold out, you knew Two Step Inn would be returning for 2024. Returning it is, and with just as mouthwatering of a lineup as it had in 2023, but sans as many of the hip-hop wild cards that made the inaugural lineup a bit of a curiosity.
Cody Johnson is set to headline Saturday, April 20th, with the Turnpike Troubadours and Hank Williams Jr. co-headlining on Sunday, April 21st. Other top names for 2024 include Colter Wall, Sierra Ferrell, Clint Black, Charley Crockett, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Ryan Bingham.
Two Step Inn also includes a lot of up-and-coming artists such as Zach Top, The Castellows, Jake Worthington, and J.R. Carroll. You also have surging artists from the independent side of country such as Wyatt Flores and 49 Winchester, along with some of the better selections from the mainstream such as Ernest and Drake Milligan.
The first year’s lineup also had names like T-Pain, Blanco Brown, and a misogynistic and objectifying performance from thrice-accused alleged sexual assaulter Diplo with dancers on stripper poles. Luckily this year, the only out-of-genre name on the lineup aside from some DJs is Ludacris, who sticks out like a sore thumb, but the white boot brigade will surely being in attendance for, throwing their hands up in the air like they just don’t care.
The only other major wild card in the lineup will be Pat Green. Organizers should start planning now for Pat to barely be sober enough to complete his set. At this point, it’s a roll of the dice with Green, and you’re probably smart to put him on earlier in the day.
There are plenty of independent festivals that independent fans can put their money behind to help support the farm system of artists that Live Nation mostly ignored until their was money to be made from them. But alternatively, it’s shows the growth in this music that C3/Live Nation is stepping up to the plate now.
The Two Step Inn lineup is hard to characterize as anything but killer. Hopefully they’ll fix the concessions lines, and word is they will allow GA pass holders closer to the main stage this year. These were too concerns from the otherwise smooth first year. Overall, you know it will be a great time.
Presale begins Friday, November 3rd at 12 PM Central. Public onsale will happen afterwards if tickets are still available. To sign up for the presale, click here.