Now celebrating five years, Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana isn’t just one of independent country’s biggest mega festivals, it’s also the most established. Featuring three days of top tier performances along with many opportunities for discovery, Under The Big Sky has become an annual pilgrimage for some, with crowds swelling to some 20,000 people in a picturesque setting that includes a creek and a train track running through the grounds, back dropped by the Montana mountains.
The 2024 lineup set to go off on July 12-14 does not disappoint, with Under The Big Sky landing a massive fish in bluegrass maestro Billy Strings. Selling out arenas left and right these days, Strings has outgrown a lot of festival lineups. But Under The Big Sky is big enough to make it happen. Strings played the festival a few years ago as well on his way up the ranks.
The other headliners include the Turnpike Troubadours, who appeared at Under The Big Sky during their triumphant return in 2022, and Miranda Lambert, who despite being more of a mainstream star, fits well with the Under The Big Sky approach. Good thing Turnpike and Lambert are headlining on different days due to the two having … well, a history.
The undercard includes a who’s who of independent country talent, including Charles Wesley Godwin, Sierra Ferrell, Kaitlin Butts, songwriter Pony Bradshaw, Under The Big Sky favorite Paul Cauthen, and rising up-and-comers The Castellows and Zach Top. Brothers Osborne will be there representing the mainstream for a second time, and Mt. Joy will be the one indie rock outfit that usually makes the lineup.
Another great feature of Under The Big Sky is how they showcase local and regional music as well. This year this includes Archertown, Badger Hound, Tomara, Miller Campbell, Michelle Rivers and Hannah King, Abby Webster and Madeline Hawthorne, and the nationally touring bluegrass band The Lil Smokies.
Just 30 miles from the Canadian border and Glacier National Park, Under The Big Sky Fest is not easy to get to or cheap to stay at. But it’s a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience in one of the most picturesque locations, while offering a lineup of many of the best independent country artists assembled all year.
To read Saving Country Music’s recap from 2023, CLICK HERE.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 8th at 12PM Mountain Time at underthebigskyfest.com. Tickets WILL sell out.
2023 Under The Big Sky Lineup
Billy Strings * Miranda Lambert * Turnpike Troubadours * Brothers Osborne * Charles Wesley Godwin * City & Colour *Kaitlin Butts * Madeline Edwards * Mt. Joy * Muscadine Bloodline * Paul Cauthen * Pony Bradshaw * Sam Barker * Sarah Shook & The Disarmers * Shovels & Rope * Sierra Ferrell * Tanner Usrey * Tanya Tucker * The Castellows * The Revivalists * Zach Top
LOCAL ACTS: Badger Hound * Michelle Rivers * Hannah King * Abby Webster * Archertown * Tomara * Miller Campbell * Madeline Hawthorne * The Lil Smokies