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According to a recent survey sent to the upper school, no one from St. Mary’s went to Mempho Music Fest last year; however, Mempho 2018 has transformed from the festival no one went to, to the festival no one can stop talking about.
The second annual Mempho Music Fest at Shelby Farms is right around the corner, and it is predicted to be even bigger and better than last year. This year’s lineup is a mix of big name artists and local favorites, making for a diverse selection of entertainment guaranteed to appeal to everyone. While listening to their favorite bands, Memphians can enjoy food trucks and famous Memphis barbeque stationed around the park. Shelby Farms is even opening up their park for camping, like legendary festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
Mempho tends to attract an older crowd as a result of its timing coinciding with many local schools’ fall breaks, a time when students and their families often make plans to travel. In addition, many of the artists that are more popular with the younger generations performed at Beale Street Music Fest (BSMF) earlier in the year. Ruby Liles (11) commented, “I already went to BSMF, and a lot of the artists were repeats. Also, Mempho is way more expensive than Beale Street, so it just makes more sense to go to that.”
Last year, marketing for Mempho fell short as many were not even aware that the new event was taking place. According to a survey sent to the St. Mary's upper school, 25% claimed they had never heard of the event; however, as the festival enters its second year with an exciting lineup, more and more people are considering attending. “It is definitely a way better lineup,” one sophomore said, “There are more inspiring artists and more featured, well known ones this year. I think that will attract a bigger crowd.”
The 2018 lineup stands out with major artists including Post Malone, Beck, Janelle Monáe, Nas, and many others. “[I am excited to see] Janelle Monáe, Juicy J, Project Pat, Post Malone, and Rich the Kid because they all have lit songs and great soul in their R&B tracks,” stated another student. Taking into account that this festival is new to the game, the current lineup is very impressive.
Mempho Music Fest is well on its way to securing a spot as one of Memphis’s most popular events. Evie Fowler (10) said, “I think Mempho will be really fun this year, especially for people who could not go to Beale Street. The lineups are very similar, so they will be able to see a lot of the same people.” Mempho, taking place on the sixth and seventh of October, is the perfect place to go for a one-of-a-kind experience featuring exceptional music, food, and the wonderful atmosphere of Shelby Farms.