(WBIR-Knoxville) The Big Ears Festival ended on Sunday night in downtown Knoxville; but fans of the event can already look forward to next year.
This weekend, festival-goers had a chance to see some of the most influential artists from around the world. Their music was showcased at several venues downtown, including the Bijou Theatre, Tennessee Theatre, and Scruffy City Hall.
"The reason I decided to come down is that so many of the artists that I'm really into are part of this," said Dylan Coyle of Florence, Ala.
Coyle was most excited to see headliner Steve Reich. Reich made several appearances throughout the weekend, including performances on Sunday Night at the Tennessee Theatre.
"Steve Reich is an absolute hero of mine," Coyle said.
About 2,000 people came out to each day of Big Ears 2014. Visit Knoxville expects the festival to bring around half a million dollars into the city.
"It introduces an entirely different element than like a football game. You have a lot of music fans that are kind of the opposite end of the spectrum of the huge crowds that come into town," said George Middlebrooks, of Knoxville. Middlebrooks also attended the first two years of Big Ears.
AC Entertainment Founder Ashley Capps, who is also behind other festivals like Bonnaroo, said this weekend was a success.
"People love Knoxville. I think one of the things that makes this festival work so well in Knoxville is the beautiful historic character of our downtown. The fact that we've got these magnificent venues within an easy walk of one another," Capps said.
After Big Ears in 2009 and 2010, the festival took a break due to scheduling conflicts. Organizers have already been looking at 2015.
"There were artists we were talking to about being involved in the festival that couldn't do 2014 but immediately said, 'Let's look at 2015,'" Capps said.
According to Capps, Big Ears 2015 will take place March 27, 28, and 29.