Big Ears 2014 will be held Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, 2014.
The weekend long music festival was presented by AC Entertainment in 2009 and 2010 and presented a wide variety of critically-acclaimed music artists from modern classical legends Philip Glass and Terry Riley to rock artists, including Vampire Weekend, The National, Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens and Antony and the Johnsons.
The festival drew music fans from around the world and garnered international press, nearly all of it positive for the festival and for Knoxville. The name of the festival refers to open-minded music fans and previous Big Ears incorporated numerous downtown Knoxville venues, including The Tennessee Theatre, The Bijou Theatre, the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Pilot Light as well as free street performances. Many of the events and collaborations were unique to Big Ears.
In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine called the festival "arguably the classiest, most diverse festival in the country."
A third festival had been planned for 2011, but was cancelled.
Details for Big Ears 2014 have yet to be announced, but are expected soon. Tickets prices for the 2010 festival ranged from $250 for full weekend passes to $100 for limited passes and individual show tickets were also available.