2016 Press Roundup


Big Ears 2016 may be over … but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop reliving it anytime soon! The first reviews are in, and it’s clear this year’s festival was a special weekend for all involved. Check out our most recent press roundup below!

The New York Times, Ben Ratliff: Big Ears Festival Resists Commercial and Genre Constraints

Rolling Stone, Chris Weingarten: Big Ears 2016 Gathers Thousands in Pursuit of Drone

The New Yorker, Alex Ross: Embrace Everything

The Guardian, Seth Colter Walls: Big Ears Festival Diary

The Wall Street Journal, Jim Fusilli: A Festival Where All Genres Are Welcome

The Hollywood Reporter, John Defore: Big Ears Festival Day 1: Yo La Tengo and Sun Ra Arkestra Shine Bright in Knoxville

Billboard, John Defore: Big Ears Festival Day 2: Modern-Classical Stars Eighth Blackbird Welcome Will Oldham and Bryce Dessner

Billboard, John Defore: Big Ears Festival Day 3: Knoxville Reaches Critical Mass With Packed Out Shows

Brooklyn Magazine, Jordan Cronk: Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, the Avant-Garde SXSW, Adds a Film Program

Noisey, Grayson Currin: Get to Know Big Ears, America’s Most Distinct and Defiant Music Festival

Filmmaker Magazine, Adam Cook: Big Ears Opens Its Eyes: The Public Cinema at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival

Consequence of Sound, Nina Corcoran and Carson O’Shoney: Top 15 Performances

Resident Advisor, Max Pearl: Big Ears Festival 2016

Creative Loafing, Chad Radford: A Visual Recap

The Knoxville Mercury, Jack Neely: A Couple of Moments From Big Ears—the Festival That’s Changing Knoxville

The Knoxville Mercury, Matthew Everett: Big Ears’ Ascension: Knoxville’s Adventurous Music Festival Is No Longer Our Best-Kept Secret

The Knoxville Mercury, Andrew Gresham: Big Ears in Black and White

All About Jazz, Mark Sullivan: Big Ears Festival 2016

The Agit Reader, Richard Sanford: Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, March 31-April 3

Festival SnobsBig Ears Festival 2016: Jazz To Drones And Everything In Between

Knoxville News Sentinel, Wayne Bledsoe: Settling In to Enjoy the Big Ears Experience

Nashville Scene, Stephen Trageser: At Least 11 Totally Rad Things We Saw (and Heard) at Big Ears Festival

UT Daily Beacon, Megan Patterson: Big Ears bring the avant-garde to Knoxville

UT Daily Beacon, Megan Patterson: Big Ears brings big names, small-town vibes

UT Daily Beacon, Megan Patterson: Q&A with the mind behind Big Ears

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