Hozier, The Raconteurs to headline inaugural Railbird Festival

Lexington will be rocking as a brand new music and bourbon festival is set to come to the historic Keeneland race track. Keeneland hosts the Railbird Festival on August 10th and 11th on August 10th and 11th with multiple stages and a long list of talented artists. The Raconteurs and Hozier will headline the first Railbird Festival but there’s more than just music to enjoy.

Head to Lucky Day Plaza to get in on off-track betting with cross country simulcasts from Saratoga to Del Mar. Keeneland’s BETologists will be on hand to teach fans betting basics. Before the music, start your day with tours of Keeneland’s facilities and take in thoroughbred workouts. Guided tours of Winstar farms are also available. Learn more and book a tour here.

There will also be culinary demonstrations with Kentucky chefs and an area designated for family-friendly fun.

The music starts at 1 PM on Saturday.

Railbird Festival
The Railbird Festival is coming to Lexington. (Source: Facebook)

The full lineup for the event is below:


  • The Raconteurs
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Mandolin Orange
  • Mavis Staples
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Grace VanderWaal
  • Ruston Kelly
  • Billy Strings
  • Low Cut Connie
  • The Dip
  • Devon Gilfillian
  • Lillie Mae
  • Lucie Silvas
  • Justin Wells
  • Ian Noe
  • Joslyn & The Sweet Compression



  • Hozier
  • Tyler Childers
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Lucinda Williams
  • I’m With Her
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
  • Jade Bird
  • Blackfoot Gypsies
  • The Wooks
  • Susto
  • Futurebirds
  • Fruit Bats
  • Yola
  • Johnny Conqueroo
  • Kelsey Walden
  • Ona

So, why the name Railbird? Organizers said that a “railbird” in horse racing is a track regular, known for staying close to the action by the rail. To “ride the rail” is to do the same at a concert.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here for more information.

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