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09 March 2023

Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Duran Duran To Play Bourbon & Beyond 2023

Bruno Mars accepts the Grammy for album of the year for "24K Magic."
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Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Duran Duran and Brandi Carlile are among the acts announced for this year’s Bourbon & Beyond festival.

The four-day festival takes place at Louisville’s Highland Festival Grounds in Kentucky from 14-17 September and has been dubbed the “world’s biggest bourbon and music festival”.

Carlile tops the bill on day one (14 September), with The Killers taking to the stage Friday (15) along with Duran Duran and Hozier. The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, and The Avett Brothers will headline Saturday (16), before Mars, Blondie and Jon Batiste close out festivities on Sunday (17).

Other acts on the line-up include Paolo Nutini, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard, Train, Inhaler, Hozier, The Gaslight Anthem, Bastille, Aloe Blacc, Spoon, First Aid Kit, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more.

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The festival is described as “an annual celebration of the craftsmanship behind award-winning bourbons, master distillers, legendary musicians, world-class chefs, and an unforgettable showcase of the soul and spirit of Louisville, held during Bourbon Heritage Month”.

“Bourbon & Beyond is our love letter to the city of Louisville and the great state of Kentucky,” said founder Danny Wimmer in a statement.

“We can’t wait to showcase why Louisville has become our home away from home, so having the opportunity to curate an unbelievable festival experience rooted in amazing musical performances combined with our passion for bourbon and culinary arts is our dream come true.”

Bruno Mars has recently been in the news after announcing another Vegas residency for later in 2023. Mars kicked off the year with an extremely successful run of Vegas shows in January and February, which wrapped up on Valentine’s Day (14 February). Fans upset that they couldn’t catch the star on that first set of dates will be consoled that the hitmaker has announced a slew of new dates: 24 May, 27-28 May, 31 May, and 2-3 June.

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