Big Turn Music Festival 2019: What to Expect

The massive festival in Redwing celebrates its second year

Big Turn
Big Turn

Last updated on February 4th, 2019 at 08:33 pm

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we all know what that means: Big Turn Music Fest 2019 is that much closer.

The festival takes place on Feb. 22 and 23. With 164 local artists performing in 21 venues across historically renowned Red Wing, Minnesota, Big Turn is expecting over 2,000 festival-goers. Headliners include Dessa, Toki Wright, and The 4onthefloor.


Red Wing native Sam Brown originally founded the BTMF in 2018 with community in mind: “[Big Turn] support(s) local businesses in Red Wing in a slower part of the year, give(s) artists another well-run festival to play at, and showcase(s) Red Wing as a beautiful destination year-round.” Even the name Big Turn refers to the sharp bend the Mississippi River takes as it flows through the town.

Check out our coverage of Big Turn Music Festival 2018!

The festival features a variety of venues both large and small across downtown Red Wing, with everything from art supply shops and comic book stores to churches and hair salons. What many believe to be the crown gem of Big Turn, even Red Wing itself, is the Sheldon Theatre (Gaelynn Lea holds the 9 pm slot on Friday, while Dessa headlines Saturday). Just as importantly, because of Red Wing’s prime hotel capacity, festival-goers will be able to take a hot shower and rest up between shows. 

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr

Can’t-Miss Artists at Big Turn 

02/22 at 8:30pm – Chastity Brown @ Christ Episcopal Church 

02/22 at 8:30pm – Twin Lakes @ Backwoods Engraving 

02/22 at 9:30pm – Charlie Parr @ St. James 

02/22 at 10pm – Sleeping Jesus @ ELKS Lodge 

02/23 at 6:30pm – Ben Weaver @ Christ Episcopal Church 

(Charlie Parr following) 

02/23 at 8:30pm – Saltee @ St. James 

02/23 at 9pm – Dessa @ Sheldon Theatre 

02/23 at 10pm – Mark Mallman @ ELKS Lodge 

02/23 at 11:30pm – Porcupine @ ELKS Lodge 

Chasity Brown
Chastity Brown

While many performances are at intimate locations, you can get closer to the action by purchasing a VIP pass. The wristband covers admission to every show and venue in addition to access to the artist hospitality HUB and third-floor loft at the Sheldon Hotel.

“The Sheldon Loft is a very unique space that only VIPs will have access to,” Brown says. “The artist hospitality spread at the HUB is a place where artists will come to check in. If you spend some time there you will have facetime with the artists.” General admission and single day passes are also available. 

Looking to attend the festival but not spend the money? Big Turn is still accepting applications for volunteer positions. By donating your time and passion, you can help make the BTMF even more memorable than last year, and meet some great people in the process.

For tickets and more information, visit the Big Turn Music Fest website. 

Written by Anna Paulson


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