Gonerfest, the annual Memphis concert extravaganza staged by Goner Records, will be back in 2022 as both a live and streaming event.
The 19th edition of the fest will take place Sept. 22-25 at Midtown’s Railgarten. The year’s confirmed headliners include Bay Area garage/soul combo Shannon & the Clams, international R&B rockers The King Khan & BBQ Show, and the pre-Oblivians/Reigning Sound Memphis group, Compulsive Gamblers.
A host of other national acts — including Alabama’s Fred Lane & His Disheveled Monkeybiters, Minneapolis psych-rockers Green/Blue, Chicago indie rockers Mint Mile and Philly psych strummer Rosali — are also set to appear.
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This year’s festival will see the return of a strong international contingent led by Australian acts Gee Tee, Michael Beach, Civic, Partner Look, Screensaver, and Research Reactor Corp, along with Swiss artist Leopardo, UK synth outfit Freak Genes and Montreal punks Retail Simps.
On the local side, Memphis post-punks Ibex Clone and Unapologetic label hip-hop artist A Weirdo From Memphis (AWFM) will perform, along with the Magic Kids’ Bennett Foster who is making a return to the stage with a new solo project.
An outgrowth of the Cooper-Young-based record label and retail store, the event has not-so-quietly become one of the Bluff City’s unique cultural events, historically drawing fans and bands from across the United States and all around the world since launching in 2004.
Gonerfest has managed to soldier in the last two years despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 edition of Gonerfest was streaming-only, but the event resumed semi-normal operations in 2021, with crowds returning in person, and the fest also being streamed live.
This year Goner will offer a live streaming option with the Railgarten bills available through Gonerfest.com with the purchase of a streaming pass.
Gonerfest has partnered with Central Station Hotel again this year, offering festivalgoers special discounted rates on lodging. The festival is also teaming with Memphis Made Brewing, its longtime beer sponsor, to create a Goner-themed beer.
Gonerfest passes are $100. Individual show tickets are $40 per day. To purchase tickets, for information on hotels or other festival updates, go to gonerfest.com.