Bellwether Music Fest canceled

UPDATED: June 15, 2020

The third annual Bellwether Music Festival set for August has been canceled, organizers announced today.

The three-day music festival and campout has been canceled due to the current government mandates and circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

The event was originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6 – Saturday, Aug. 8 at Renaissance Park in Waynesville.

“The safety and health of our guests, artists, partners, and staff are always our first priority,” Bill Donabedian, Bellwether Music Festival co-founder, said in a news release. “We held in there as long as we could, and even looked at alternative plans such as drive-in options, but ultimately we couldn’t be sure the state of Ohio would be open for festivals this August.”

Nathaniel Rateliff was the scheduled headliner.

All ticket buyers will automatically receive a refund on the credit card used to make the purchase within the next 30 days. Bellwether Music Festival is targeting Aug. 12-14, 2021, for the rescheduled dates, additional details to follow.  For more information, visit


Bellwether Music Festival will be bigger and better in its third year.

Bellwether will expand to a 3-day event, event organizers announced today. The event will return to Renaissance Park in Waynesville on August 6-8, 2020.

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The festival today unveiled its artist lineup including:

• Nathaniel Rateliff

• The Devil Makes Three

• The Growlers

• Shovels & Rope

• The Lone Bellow

• Scarypoolparty

• Langhorne Slim

• Hayes Carll

• Waxahatchee

• John Moreland

• Cloud Nothings

• Nicole Atkins

• Saintseneca

• Matt Holubowski

• Davy Knowles

• The Steepwater Band

• Hannah Wicklund

• Early James, S.G. Goodman

• Fenne Lily

• Paul McDonald

• Sam Williams

• Louis Prince

• Carriers

• Maria Carrelli

• Frankly Speaking

• Olivia Frances

• Frontier Folk Nebraska

The weekend will also feature late night DJ sets from Call Out Box!, DJ List Christee (Kevin Barnes, of Montreal), Washed Out (DJ Set), late night comedy and the return of jousting.

Bellwether Music Festival is an all ages rain or shine event. All artists are subject to change without notice.

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Credit: Erika Goldring

Credit: Erika Goldring


Thursday, Aug. 6

Shovels & Rope, John Moreland, Davy Knowles & The Steepwater Band

Friday, Aug. 7

The Devil Makes Three, The Growlers, Longhorne Slim, Could Nothings, Matt Holubowski, Hannah Wickland, Early James, Louis Prince, Maria Carrelli, Frankly Speaking, Olivia Frances & Frontier Folk Nebraska

Saturday, Aug. 8

Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lone Bellow, Scarypoolparty, Hayes Carll, Waxahatchee, Nicole Atkins, Saintseneca, S.G. Goodman, Fenne Lily, Paul McDonald, Sam Williams & Carriers.


Early bird passes are on sale now for three-day GA tickets ($99) and three-day VIP passes ($199). Camping and RV packages are also available and on sale now.

Early-bird prices will increase after midnight Feb. 11.

Three-day early bird passes for the concerts give you access to all three days of the music festival in addition to in-and-out privileges during the event.

Three-day passes can be purchased online now at:

Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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What: Bellwether Music Festival 2020 - CANCELED

Where: Renaissance Park Ohio, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville

When: Thursday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 8. Gates at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at noon on Friday & Saturday. Music ends by 11 p.m.

Camping: Load-in for camping starts at noon on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Load-out completed by 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.

Tickets: Three-day passes ($99), Three-day VIP passes ($199). Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date

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