Virginia Highlands Festival 2022 Announces Music Lineup

The Virginia Highlands Festival (VHF) has announced the music lineup and ticket information for the upcoming 10- day festival, which will be held July 22 – 31, 2022, in Abingdon, Virginia. The live music events will take place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in the outdoor tent in Abingdon, Virginia.

Friday, July 22, 2022 – 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – A Tribute to the band Journey, featuring the band Departure, with special guests, From The Edge.

Departure is in their 14th year together and replicates the look, sound, and feel of the 80’s rock supergroup, Journey. From The Edge, formed in 2016 out of Southwest Virginia, is sure to keep audiences on the dance floor with party rock and roll with a taste of twisted country.


Saturday, July 23, 2022 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – A Tribute to the band, Fleetwood Mac, featuring the band Rumours.


Formed in the Summer of 2012 in Los Angeles, California, Rumours made its debut at the infamous Roxy Theater on Sunset Strip and, within months, would be seen worldwide on AXS TV’s World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 – 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – A Tribute to Conway Twitty, featuring Thomas Taylor, with special guest, Lily Comer.


Thomas Taylor has been described as having the ability to find the heart of all the lyrics to Conway Twitty’s songs and put his all back into them like Conway always did. Lily Comer, a talented singer, songwriter, and musician from West Virginia, is the Grand Champion of the 2020 Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Virtual Talent Competition.

Band of Oz

Friday, July 29, 2022 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.A Tribute to Carolina Beach Music, featuring Band Of Oz.

Lily Comer

Formed in 1967, Band Of Oz, one of the most successful groups in the Southeast, continues to get top reviews for their performances. 

Saturday, July 30, 2022 – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. – A Tribute to local music, featuring Daniel Davis And Simple Rythum, Frank Perry And The Shooter Band, and Marques Puckett And The 8 Second Ride.


VHF presents the best of local country music in the Tri-Cities with these special guest bands.

Thomas Taylor

Tickets: Reserved seating is available, including a chair in the front. Tickets are also available online and at the door. For more information on tickets and pricing per show, visit


The Virginia Highlands Festival is made possible with support from many supporters and sponsors, including the Town of Abingdon, Food City, The Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission of the Arts.

The Virginia Highlands Festival – July 22 – 31, 2022


Robert Porterfield, founder of both the Virginia Highlands Festival and the famed Barter Theatre held the first Festival in 1949 at the Martha Washington Inn. His purpose was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. Over the past seven decades, the Festival has grown in scope to represent all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts, and skills that developed in this region, but it also imports talented artists and performers from around the world for creative exchange and the enjoyment of area residents and visitors.

More than 100 volunteers work year-round planning events, tours, performances, and exhibitions for the annual Festival. They staff information booths, take up tickets, shuttle out-of-town performers to their programs and represent the Festival to local media.