Over the last couple of weeks excitement for Savannah Stopover and their 2019 has slowly built with the release of headlining act Deerhunter, but today the festival made a huge splash with the release of their first wave lineup. Featuring SC acts Susto and The Artisanals, this year’s lineup also features the return of Lucy Dacus along with quickly rising indie acts like The Beths, Weakened Friends, Ruen Brothers, and Savannah Conley. In addition to the 32 acts named today, the second wave of announcements arrive in January with a total of 75-80 acts.
Created nearly a decade ago as a “stopover” for bands touring to SXSW, Savannah Stopover follows their model in a couple of ways. Taking over historic downtown Savannah at the break of spring, the atmosphere is perfect for a music festival. Most aptly described as a festival of discovery, that’s where the Stopover thrives most. Each and every year they bring in solid headliners, but it’s the smaller acts mixed throughout the schedule that you won’t want to miss. Two years ago that would have been Lucy Dacus and Susto, who both return to the festival in 2019 bringing bigger crowds than in 2016. This year’s lineup also features 8 international acts in the first wave alone. In addition, Stopover also features a host of local acts, mostly from Georgia, but always a few from the Carolinas.
Be sure to save some money and get your tickets early. And for the best festival experience, book your hotel or Airbnb early. Being walking distance from the night shows and day parties is clutch to experiencing the festival at its finest.
Take a look back at our past Savannah Stopover coverage.