Festival Info

Founded in 2011, SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival is the first festival in the country dedicated to showcasing the best emerging and independent Southern music and art.

SouthSounds is held annually on the second weekend in April in various music venues and on outdoor public stages throughout Downtown Mobile, Alabama. SouthSounds 2017 will be held on April 7-9, 2017.

SouthSounds 2016 brought an estimated 4,000+ people into Downtown Mobile to watch over 65 shows in 10 different venues over a 3-day period. Musical artists spanned an array of musical genres (including Americana, indie, country, bluegrass, rock, alternative, metal, soul, funk, blues, R&B and hip-hop) and came from throughout the Southeast, with at least 9 different states being represented. SouthSounds 2016 won the Lagniappe Weekly “Nappie Award” for “Best Local Music Festival,” and was named by Charleston City Paper as “a Southern music festival worth the road trip.”

SouthSounds operates as a non-profit enterprise through SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival, Inc., with support from various corporate sponsors, non-profit organizations and individual donors.

SouthSounds Mission Statement:
• To be the first and most successful festival in the country dedicated to showcasing new Southern music and art
• To help Southern musicians and artists form professional connections to advance their careers
• To create an outstanding cultural and community-building event for Southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast


FAQ’s

General Information

When is SouthSounds 2017?
April 7-9, 2017. The first act will start at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 7, and shows will run late into the night on Sunday, April 9.

Where is SouthSounds 2017?
Festival events will take place at Cathedral Square and in various other public spaces and music venues in Downtown Mobile, Alabama. More information on festival venues can be found here.

Who is performing at SouthSounds 2017?
You can see our full line-up here. We expect to add additional artists to the festival line-up until right before the event, so follow us on Facebook  and Twitter to stay informed of additional artist announcements and line-up changes. Note that the line-up and artist schedule is subject to change without notice.

I see a lot here about Music.  What about the Arts part?
There are tons of cool arts and culture events and other non-music happenings going on in Downtown Mobile during SouthSounds weekend.  See here for more info.

When will the schedule be released?
The schedule will be released closer to the festival dates. Check back here at our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on when the schedule is released.

How old do I need to be to come to the festival?
All events occurring at Cathedral Square and the other outdoor, public spaces are All Ages. Events occurring in music venues have varying age restrictions depending on the venue – please contact the venues that are hosting the shows you want to see to determine their rules. Admission to all music venues is subject to venue age restrictions and venue capacity, as well as all other venue policies.

How old do I need to be to purchase or drink alcohol?
All patrons must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages (including any beer purchased from our onsite vendor in Cathedral Square).

I’m not from Mobile. How do I get there? Where do I stay?
See here for location, lodging and travel information.

Wristband / VIP Package Information

Do I need to buy a ticket or wristband?
All events occurring at Cathedral Square and the other outdoor, public spaces are free, with no tickets or wristbands required (other than for access to VIP areas). Events occurring in music venues require a festival wristband.

How much are wristbands? Where do I buy them?
Wristband prices start at $25 for 3-day “early bird” General Admission wristbands, with increased prices for other levels and VIP packages. See our TicketFly page here for more information and to purchase festival wristbands and VIP packages.

Can I buy a wristband for just 1 day?
No – all festival wristbands are for the full, 3-day event.

What if I only want to go to 1 show?
Most venues allow for the payment of a cover charge or the purchase of a single-show ticket. Please contact the venue of the show you are interested in to determine whether they will be selling single-show tickets or accepting cover charges. However, keep in mind that the cost of those single-show tickets and cover charges is usually not much cheaper than the cost of a General Admission festival wristband, so if you plan to go to 2 or more shows, it is probably more cost-effective to buy a 3-day wristband.

What do I get for my General Admission wristband?
A General Admission wristband provides unlimited access to all festival shows over the entire 3-day event (subject to venue capacity, venue age restrictions and other venue policies), OTHER THAN the April 8 Explosions In The Sky concert at Soul Kitchen (which is available to Gold Level and VIP package purchasers only).

What extra cool stuff do I get with VIP packages?
VIP package purchasers get a 3-day VIP festival pass providing access to all festival venues (INCLUDING a ticket to the April 8 Explosions In The Sky concert at Soul Kitchen) and preferred VIP viewing areas (subject to venue capacity, venue age restrictions and other venue policies), as well as:
complimentary food from various local restaurants,
complimentary Anheuser Busch-brand beer (must be 21 or older with a valid ID to consume beer),
festival T-shirt,
souvenir festival laminate and
complimentary trolley service between venues.

What’s the deal with the Gold Level package?  How is that different from General Admission?
The Gold Level package provides you with a General Admission festival wristband PLUS a ticket to the limited capacity April 8 Explosions In The Sky concert at Soul Kitchen.

Do I have guaranteed entry to all festival shows?
Due to the nature of SouthSounds being primarily a venue-based festival, access to all festival shows is subject to venue capacity (as well as all other venue policies, including age restrictions). We expect that most festival shows will draw a strong crowd, which in some cases may cause the venue to reach maximum capacity prohibiting the admission of additional patrons. Given that, if there is a particular show that you really want to see, we strongly recommend that you arrive at that venue early to make sure you get in and to stake out a prime viewing area.

What happens if it rains?
SouthSounds is a rain or shine event. If the weather is particularly bad, events at Cathedral Square and the other outdoor public spaces may be rescheduled or canceled, but barring a weather emergency the venue shows will take places as scheduled. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of any weather-related updates and other festival news.

What if I lose my wristband or it gets stolen? What happens if I buy a wristband and then I can’t make it?
Sorry –festival passes are non-refundable, and SouthSounds has no obligation to replace any lost or stolen passes.

Do you have other wristband policies?
Yes – in addition to all terms and conditions of our ticket vendor, TicketFly, and all venue policies (age restrictions, capacity, etc.), the following policies apply:

Contact Information

My band wants to play SouthSounds. Who do I talk to about that?
Please submit through our application form available here. Note that we are no longer accepting submissions for SouthSounds 2017, but we are always excited to hear new submissions for next year’s event.

I’m a visual artist and I want to participate in the SouthSounds Art Market. Who do I contact to apply and get more information?
You can get more information here about the SouthSounds Arts Market being organized by the Mobile Arts Council, including vendor guidelines and an application to participate.

Who do I contact if I want to volunteer for SouthSounds? Who do I contact if I want to sponsor SouthSounds? Who do I contact if I work for a media outlet and we want to cover SouthSounds?
Please see our contact information here.