Herbie Hancock and Laurie Anderson lead Big Ears 2024 lineup

The stacked card also includes top-billed performances from Adrianne Lenker, Digable Planets, and dozens more.

September 13, 2023
Herbie Hancock and Laurie Anderson lead Big Ears 2024 lineup Left: Herbie Hancock, photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images. Right: Laurie Anderson, photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.  

Big Ears has announced the lineup for the 2024 edition of the long-running experimental music festival. Located (as always) in Knoxville, the four-day event will begin on Thursday, March 21, featuring Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, Adrianne Lenker, and Rhiannon Giddens as its headliners.


Other top-billed acts include Digable Planets, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Henry Threadgill, and Sons of Chipotle, with FADER favorites such as Shabaka Hutchings, Mavi, FlySiifu, Jlin, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Unwound, Carl Craig, claire rousay, Suzi Analog, Bitchin Bajas, aja monet, Horse Lords, Joanna Sternberg, and Armand Hammer — as well as billy woods solo — to be found further down the card. Big Ears fixtures Julian Lage, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Yasmin Williams, and Vijay Iyer will return this year, joined by dozens more avant-garde legends, some still to be announced.

Check out our interview with Big Ears founder Ashley Capps from earlier this year; buy a pass from the festival’s official website starting Thursday, September 14 at 9 a.m. EDT; and see the Big Ears 2024 lineup below.

Big Ears 2024 lineup
Herbie Hancock and Laurie Anderson lead Big Ears 2024 lineup

Adrianne Lenker
aja monet
Angelic Brothers (John Medeski & Kirk Knuffke)
Anna Webber & Matt Mitchell
Aoife O’Donovan
Armand Hammer
Ash Fure: ANIMAL
Beth Orton
billy woods
Bitchin Bajas
Brad Mehldau
Brandon Coleman
Brandon Ross Phantom Station
Carl Craig
Cedric Burnside
Charles Lloyd Quartet
Charlie Dark MBE
Chocolate Genius, Inc.
Christian McBride
claire rousay
Colin Stetson
Computer Jay
Cyro Baptista
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Dave Holland Quartet
David Virelles
Davóne Tines
Digable Planets
DJ Heather
Dragonchild X Sunken Cages
Drawing Sound (Fred Frith Trio with Heike Liss & Susana Santos Silvia)
Edgar Meyer
Elliott Sharp & Eric Mingus: Songs From a Rogue State
Elsa M’Bala
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Fatoumata Diawara
Faun Fables
Fred Frith (Solo)
Fred Frith & Ikue Mori
Hatis Noit
Helen Gillet
Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, & Dafnis Prieto
Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID
Herbie Hancock
Hermanos Gutiérrez
Horse Lords
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Jake Blount
James Brandon Lewis
Jason Moran & the Harlem Hellfighters
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble
Joan Shelley
Joanna Sternberg
Julian Lage and the Speak to Me Band
Kassa Overall
King Britt
Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Laurie Anderson
Low Leaf
Make A Move
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
Mary Halvorson
The Messthetics
Molly Lewis
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Mr. Sun
Myra Melford’s Fire and Water
Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN
Rhiannon Giddens
Ringdown (Caroline Shaw & Danni Lee)
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Robin Holcomb
Roc Marciano
Roger Eno
Sam Amidon
Samora Pinderhughes
Secret Chiefs 3
Shabaka Hutchings
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Sofía Rei & Jorge Roeder
Son Rompe Pera
Sons of Chipotle (John Paul Jones & Anssi Karttunen)
Suzi Analogue
Third Coast Percussion
Titan to Tachyons
Tomeka Reid Quartet
Tord Gustavsen Trio
Tredici Bacci
Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant
Trio Mediæval
Tyondai Braxton
Very Very Circus
Void Patrol
Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet
Yvette Janine Jackson
Yasmin Williams

Herbie Hancock and Laurie Anderson lead Big Ears 2024 lineup