Shaky Knees 2019 lineup: Tame Impala, Beck, Cage the Elephant, Incubus top bill

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Dropping two months earlier than usual, the Shaky Knees 2019 lineup is here!

Headlining the seventh-year festival are Tame Impala, Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Incubus. The festival takes place Friday, May 3 until Sunday, May 5 in Atlanta, Ga. at Central Park.

One of Tame Impala’s earliest headlining slots at an American festival came at Shaky Knees 2015 — my first year attending. Since then they’ve grown to become legitimate top-tier festival headliners and are the first act listed on the bill. Beck and Incubus headlined In Bloom 2018 in Houston last year and are legitimate second-tier festival headliners. Making their ascent to festival headliner this year are Cage the Elephant. I predicted this when they were lighting up festival after festival as subheadliners in 2017 — particularly at Shaky Knees that year.

Other notable acts on this year’s bill include Tears for Fears, Gary Clark Jr., Interpol, Foals, Father John Misty, Tash Sultana, GROUPLOVE, The Struts, and Sharon Van Etten. Shaky Knees can always be counted on for a couple of left-of-center bookings, and this year they don’t disappoint. Dashboard Confessional, Liz Phair, The Dandy Warhols, and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan are the kinds of names that are uncommon.

Further down the bill are some choice names. Yellow Days, Japanese Breakfast, Electric Guest, Soccer Mommy, The Joy Formidable, Jade Bird, Pedro the Lion, Lucy Dacus, Natalie Prass, and Julia Jacklin grab my attention.

This is the first time the lineup has dropped ahead of Coachella’s lineup. Coachella has a radius clause that excludes most major music festivals from announcing their lineup until the southern California staple announces theirs. It will be interesting to see if there’s much if any crossover between the two bills.


Passes are on sale now. Three-day general admission tickets are $179.00 at the Tier 1 price. VIP three-day passes are $595 at the Tier 1 price. Three-day Platinum passes are $1,600 at the Tier 1 Price.

If you’re a fan of rock n roll you can’t go wrong attending Shaky Knees 2019. One of the chiller more laid-back festivals, I highly recommend it. I didn’t attend in 2018 but attended the three previous years. Read my favorite things about the 2017 edition here.