Gov’t Mule Bringing Drive-By Truckers, Karina Rykman & More To Jamaica For Island Exodus 15

“We handpicked a lineup featuring talented friends of ours and artists that share a connection with Gov’t Mule.” — Warren Haynes

By Scott Bernstein Jun 12, 2024 11:30 am PDT

Gov’t Mule will host Island Exodus 15 January 19 – 23, 2025 at Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. The band led by frontman Warren Haynes revealed the hand-picked lineup for the destination event featuring old pals Drive-By Truckers, Big Sugar and saxophonist Ron Holloway as well as Karina Rykman and her band.

The all-inclusive “concert-cation” will feature three two-set Gov’t Mule shows and a solo performance from Warren Haynes. Ron Holloway will present the “Ron Holloway Fan Jam” and serve as special guest, while Drive-By Truckers, Karina Rykman and Big Sugar will each play two shows.


“We’re excited to return to Jamaica for our 15th Island Exodus,” noted Haynes in a press release. “This is always such a special experience so this year, we handpicked a lineup featuring talented friends of ours and artists that share a connection with Gov’t Mule. We have a long history with Drive-By Truckers, dating back to 2002, shortly after the release of their Southern Rock Opera record, when they opened for Mule’s fall tour. We haven’t had an opportunity to play together in a long time so that will be fun. Our connection to Big Sugar goes back even further – all the way to the start of Gov’t Mule in the mid-90s. So with Mule celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we had to have those guys out there on the sand with us. Karina Rykman and her band played last year’s Christmas Jam and we knew right then and there that we needed to have them in Jamaica. And then, of course, we can’t have an Island Exodus without Ron Holloway!”

A pre-sale for Island Exodus 14 attendees starts on Tuesday, June 18 with alums of other past Island Exodus events able to purchase packages beginning on Wednesday, June 19 at 12 p.m. ET. Packages then go on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 20 at 12 p.m. ET. Find more information below:

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Island Exodus 2025 are the only dates currently on the books for Gov’t Mule. Warren Haynes will focus on his eponymous band this summer and has several symphonic shows planned.

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