2020 Bellwether Music Festival Pivots to Americana with Nathaniel Rateliff, The Devil Makes Three and Shovels & Rope

The festival returns to Renaissance Park in Waynesville, Ohio Aug. 6-8 and will also feature The Growlers, Cloud Nothings, The Lone Bellow, Hayes Carll and Waxahatchee

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The Bellwether Music Festival in Waynesville, Ohio (about 45 minutes northeast of Cincinnati) has announced its 2020 lineup and an expansion from two days to three. The event returns to Renaissance Park Aug. 6-8, with music running on four stages.

This year's Bellwether is taking on a more Americana focus (with a few nods to its AltRock roots) and will feature headliners Nathaniel Rateliff, The Devil Makes Three and Shovels & Rope.

Also performing: John Moreland, Davy Knowles, The Steepwater Band, The Growlers, Longhorne Slim, Could Nothings, Matt Holubowski, Hannah Wickland, Early James, Louis Prince, Maria Carrelli, Frankly Speaking, Olivia Frances, Frontier Folk Nebraska, The Lone Bellow, Scarypoolparty, Hayes Carll, Waxahatchee, Nicole Atkins, Saintseneca, S.G. Goodman, Fenne Lily, Paul McDonald, Sam Williams and Carriers.

The 2020 Bellwether fest will also feature some special DJ sets from a pair of Indie music world heavyweights. On Friday, Aug. 7, DJ List Christee (aka Kevin Barnes from of Montreal) will spin, while Washed Out does a DJ set on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Founded by area music fest legend Bill Donabedian (Bunbury, MidPoint), Bellwether debuted in 2018 with acts like the Flaming Lips, Japanese Breakfast, Echo and the Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, Dr. Dog and Local Natives. (Local Natives and Japanese Breakfast are playing The National's Homecoming music fest in Cincinnati later this year.)

Last year's Bellwether (which incorporated Renaissance Park, site of the annual Ohio Renaissance Festival, more than in the inaugural year) had Beach House, Cake, Cold War Kids, Guided By Voices, Real Estate, Pinback and more.

For tickets, camping info and more about Bellwether, visit bellwetherfestival.com.

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