Putting up a great music event year after for two decades is no piece of cake. But the folks at BayFest — to be held this year from October 3-5 — seem to only getting better at it. Expect their signature breezy vibe and bigger acts this year. The Sherp give you all the details



 1. BayFest is one of the largest and oldest festivals in Alabama, and has a rich line-up history

1Chaka Khan BayFest '07
R&B and soul veteran Chaka Khan at the 2007 edition

Velvet Revolver '07
Slash of Velvet Revolver at the 2007 edition

Zac Brown Band, Bayfest 2013, Mobile, Alabama, Photo by Stephen Savage 251-401-0008Zac Brown Band at the 2013 leg


2. Families are most welcome at the party

painting in the kids' area




3. Over the past many years, BayFest has features some of the meanest women musicians on the circuit

Halestorm, BayFest 2013, Mobile, Alabama, Photo By Robert Lord Zimlich
Lzzy Hale, the frontwoman of the hard rock band Halestorm at the 2013 edition

Justyna Kelley performs at Bayfest 2010 in Mobile, AL October 2, 2010.
Singer-composer Justyna Kelley performs at BayFest 2010

Sarah Jane Kelley 2010Sarah-Jane Kelley in 2010

Skillet 2010
Korey Cooper of the Christian rock band Skillet at the 2010 edition

Rochelle Harper 2010
Rochelle Harper in 2010

4. Every year, the festival gives out scholarships for music education to deserving candidates

The organisers award scholarships to students to purchase instruments, equipment and even music lessons. So far, over $85,000 has been given out in $1,000 scholarships.

BayFest Scholarship winners


5. The festival encourages people to check out their Launching Pad which features up-and-coming artistes…

… because, “you never know… you might just catch a glimpse of next year’s hottest band”.
To check out this year’s line-up at this stage, click HERE.

Battling delirium Photography Craig Faircloth


6. This year’s line-up includes some of the biggest names in music

Jane’s Addiction, Kid Rock, Joan Jett And The Blackheart, Alabama and many more.

Get all the details HERE.


Watch the 2014 promo here:


(All Images Courtesy: BayFest Facebook)