DelFest Announces Initial 2018 Lineup


The 2018 installment of DelFest will take place at Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland over Memorial Day weekend May 24 – 27. JamBase has teamed with DelFest organizers to unveil the initial lineup for next year’s event, which as always will be headlined by The Del McCoury Band.

Joining Del’s band atop the lineup are The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers, Elephant Revival and Fruition. David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, The Jerry Douglas Band, Rising Appalachia and Sierra Hull also among the acts confirmed for the 11th annual DelFest. Check out the full initial lineup below.

One of the key sets of the 2018 DelFest will be The Bluegrass Congress. Del hand selected the lineup for the Saturday night performance, which will see him joined by luminaries Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan. In addition to traditional stage sets by a bevy of world-class artists, festivalgoers can once again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances and late night indoor performances and picking sessions.

Once again, DelFest will be immediately preceded by a three-day music academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and friends. DelFest Academy, which takes place May 21-23, provides all levels of musicians an opportunity to learn from some of the best pickers in the world.

Four-day general admission tickets are on-sale now via Eventbrite. DELuxe, RV and parking passes go on sale in early January. Cumberland features multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities. The town can easily be reached by road or rail.

DelFest Initial 2018 Lineup

  • The Del McCoury Band
  • The Travelin’ McCourys
  • The Bluegrass Congress (The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • David Grisman
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Sam Bush
  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • The Jerry Douglas Band
  • The Wood Brothers
  • Elephant Revival
  • Fruition
  • Sierra Hull
  • Rising Appalachia
  • Bryan Sutton Band
  • Billy Strings
  • The Kruger Brothers
  • Joe Craven & The Sometimers
  • The Lil Smokies
  • Cris Jacobs
  • Dustbowl Revival
  • The Brothers Comatose
  • Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
  • Birds of Chicago
  • Jon Stickley Trio
  • Twisted Pine
  • Dré & The Gospel Collective
  • Joe Craven (emcee)