(UPDATED JULY 2022) You’ll find the state of Mississippi’s premier music venue in Brandon, MS, a charming suburb of Jackson with around 25,000 residents. Brandon, one of the most desirable places to live in the state, and the Brandon Amphitheater draw a great crowd offering a stellar concert line-up year-round. People come from neighboring states for the musical attractions, including Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Brandon is also where one-half of Wherever I May Blog resides. As avid concertgoers, they love being in the town to host these incredible acts and have learned some tips and tricks to make your visit the best. Here is all you need to know about the Brandon Amphitheater.
About The Brandon Amphitheater
The Brandon Amphitheater is a family-friendly music venue owned by the City of Brandon. The state-of-the-art attraction holds around 8,000 people and is located between two interchanges (Exit 54 and 56) along I-20 near downtown Brandon.
The amphitheater is the gorgeous focal centerpiece of “The Quarry,” a 250-acre park that will eventually hold a dog park, baseball facility, and plenty of outdoor trails for hiking, biking, and experiencing the great outdoors.
Fun Fact: The Brandon Amphitheater is 237 miles from Memphis, 197 from NOLA, and 226 from Birmingham.
Tickets, Schedule, and Seating
There are truly no bad seats at the Brandon Amphitheater. You can see really well from all of them, and TV screens are on both sides of the stage for closer views. You can choose from lower and upper-level seats and designated box seats. Lower-level seats are more expensive and are fold-out chairs. I find the upper-level seats much more comfortable. Since there are 28 to 47 seats in each row, I would try to buy aisle seats, so you don’t have to climb over people to go to the bathroom or concession stand.
Pro Tip: The general admission area is directly in front of the lower level, or “the pit.” So, if you score or pay for a front row seat (lower level), it will be a front row to the back of the standing pit area.
You can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. You can browse the Brandon Amphitheater’s upcoming shows at this link. Upcoming 2022 shows include Encanto Live, Brooks & Dunn, Maxwell, Whiskey Myers, Brantley Gilbert, and Chicago.
Fun Fact: The Brandon Amphitheater is modeled after the 7,500-seat Tuscaloosa, Alabama, amphitheater, build in 2010.
Brandon Amphitheater Hints and Tips
The smoking section is beside section 201. Since you are outdoors, the smoke can waft into your area. If this is an issue, choose another section.
If you like a big fan of one of the performing artists, sign up for the Fan Club, allowing you to purchase concert tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
Prices sometimes fluctuate based on demand. I once scored $25 upper-level seats to Chicago on the day of the concert by buying my ticket at the gate. This also allowed me to skip the additional expensive Ticketmaster fees.
The Brandon Amphitheater has a clear bag policy. For more information, click here. Blankets are permitted but are subject be search.
Concerts happen rain or shine. This phrase gets somehow “muddied” in the event of lightning storms, which will cancel the shows with no advance notice (because of unpredictable weather), so know before you go, as this has happened several times this summer.
Brandon Amphitheater Parking
There are parking lots on both sides of the Brandon Amphitheater, either from Exit 54 or 56. The lot outside the Amphitheater (Box Office Lot) is open to ADA parking. You will need a state-issued handicap tag, or ADA hang tag.
Parking in the Box Office Lot lot is first come, first serve. Once it’s full, you will have to park elsewhere.
Food And Drinks
The Brandon Amphitheater has concession stands on both sides of the stage. The menu is pretty basic, with hot dogs, French fries, chicken tenders, burgers, Pepsi-brand sodas, and typical arena snacks. You may want to consider eating at one of downtown Brandon’s local restaurants before your show. We have plenty of suggestions in this post.
The Amphitheater also serves plenty of alcoholic beverages—ice cold beer, frozen drinks, wine, specialty drinks, and cocktails. Beer selections include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon, and Modelo. ID is required.
Pro Tip: A bottle of water will run you $4. Mississippi is incredibly hot during the summer months, so be sure to budget accordingly.
Where To Stay For a Show
There are a few chain hotels and motels near the Brandon Amphitheater, including Red Roof Inn, Americas Best Value Inn, and La Quinta Inn. If you are looking for more upscale accommodations, I recommend staying in Flowood, Pearl, or Ridgeland.
Are you making a weekend out of your trip? Check out our recommendations for things to do and places to eat in the area!
Best Places To Eat In Flowood
Your Guide To Visiting Ridgeland
Best Places To Eat In Jackson
A Note From Taylor
Since opening in April, 2018, my husband and I have been to five concerts at the Brandon Amphitheater: Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Imagine Dragons, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley.
We go to concerts all over the country, and although it’s nice to see a show close to home, the Brandon Amphitheater is nothing to write home about.
The parking situation is laughable. We come in from Exit 56 on I-20, pull up on a curb, and park past Lot F. Then, you have to take a gravel path through the woods to get to the Amphitheater–you are not allowed to walk along the pavement. Be sure to wear walking shoes! On the way out, there is no one directing traffic–you just drive through all the people walking to their cars.
I was really excited to check out the food at the Brandon Amphitheater. On our first visit, we paid more than $30 for chicken tenders, french fries, a hot dog, and drinks, all of which I am pretty sure came from Sam’s Club.
This article was written by both Melody and Taylor.