Under The Big Sky Festival Boasts Great Inaugural Lineup
If come July you’ll be looking to get out of the summer heat, and don’t mind trekking to darn near the Canadian border, the inaugural Under The Big Sky Festival has assembled a pretty impressive lineup that includes Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Amanda Shires, Nikki Lane, Shooter Jennings, and many others. It may not be easy to get to, but whomever is curating this thing definitely has good taste in country and Americana music, and the ability to land Dwight and Jinks, who have priced themselves out of many other independent festivals recently.
Set to take place July 13th and 14th near Whitefish, Montana just 30 miles from Glacier National Park, it will be located on the 350-acre Big Mountain Ranch with 180-degree views of the Whitefish Ski Resort’s mountains. Performances over the two days will be on two separate stages in naturally-formed amphitheaters. The event will also feature a rough stock rodeo produced by Brash Rodeo, as well as trail riding opportunities in and around the property.
Children under 6 are free, and VIP packages will be available. Food and beverages will be a curated collaboration between Whitefish restaurateur Pat Carloss, and Best Beverage Catering who provides catering for Coachella, Stagecoach, and other major festivals. For more information on Under The Big Sky Festival, visit underthebigskyfest.com .
Under The Big Sky Fest Inaugural Lineup:
• Amanda Shires • Band Of Horses • Bones Owens • Charlie O/Broken Arrows • Cody Jinks • Corb Lund • Cowpokes • Danny Joy • Dwight Yoakam • Elle King • Hogslop Stringband • Jamestown Revival • Jenny Lewis • Justin Townes Earle • Lil Smokies • Lucius • Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats • Nikki Lane • Ryan Bingham • Shooter Jennings • Swagar & Co • The Silent Comedy • Whitey Morgan
February 5, 2019 @ 10:58 pm
Dang I live in Montana and it’s still an 8 hour drive.. what a stellar lineup.
February 6, 2019 @ 6:37 am
Lodging ain’t cheap, but what a cool event.
February 6, 2019 @ 9:46 am
Finally, north Idaho has a quality country fest near by. Excited about the fest but not Whackfish, aka Hollywood north, wouldn’t classify it as “Montana”. For that you need to head to the Red Ants Fest in White Sulphur. Just hope the smoke hasn’t started yet for those dates.
February 6, 2019 @ 10:34 am
Wow, this is an event I can get behind!
Whitey, Cody, Dwight, Nikki, I’d consider it for any one of them.
A good excuse to get back to Montana, too.
February 6, 2019 @ 6:03 pm
If you don’t listen to Jenny Lewis, i don’t know what the fuck you’re doing with your life, i really don’t.
February 6, 2019 @ 6:27 pm
Did you watch either of the Frye Festival documentaries? I’m not a fan of the festival model to begin with, but I wonder if the Festival bubble popped? Has there been an update on the one Ryan Bingham was curating?
February 6, 2019 @ 9:41 pm
I watched the Netflix Fyre Festival doc, which I guess is the one everyone’s mad at because Fuck Jerry made it, but whatever. I wouldn’t take that as anything but the debacle of a madman and con artist. Yes, the festival bubble is constantly bursting, but what has been doing incredibly well are these upscale boutique destination festivals. Mile 0 Fest this last week went excellent and was sold out. So was the Outlaw Puke Cruise on the same week.
February 7, 2019 @ 6:46 am
Outlaw Puke Cruise???
February 7, 2019 @ 10:26 am
lol, yeah I’ve heard they’ve encountered choppy seas the last couple of years on their way back to port, and it’s been … adventurous. But if you can have three destination festivals in roots music on the same weekend (Mile 0 Fest, Outlaw Country Cruise, Brandi Carlile’s “Girls Just Wanna”) and they still sell tickets, I would say you’re doing well. I’m not worried about the destination festivals. It’s the field festivals that are struggling because the VIPs are choosing better experiences.
February 7, 2019 @ 1:01 pm
What are the lodging choices for this? Is camping an option?
February 8, 2019 @ 10:18 pm
Anyone know if there is on site camping. Their website sucks and offers no info other that the incredible lineup. I sent an email inquiry and got no response. I’m going regardless. Just trying to figure out what the options are.
February 14, 2019 @ 3:13 pm
Yeah it doesn’t look like there is on site camping. Imagine they would say so or offer camp site rates it there was.
February 14, 2019 @ 3:05 pm
I have just checked NR & the Night Sweats, Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, Band of Horses and Jenny Lewis’s tour schedules. They are all either booked to play that same weekend somewhere else in the US or abroad or have NO tour date assigned to any venue in MT. Just FYI, this may be a hoax. I really hope I am wrong
February 21, 2019 @ 6:26 pm
I checked NR and Dwight Yoakam both have this festival on their tour schedules! Phew!!
February 15, 2019 @ 6:50 pm
There is an amazing KOA campground in whitefish.