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NPR Music Announces Tiny Desk Fest

NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest, is a series of intimate and special Tiny Desk concerts open to the public.
NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest, is a series of intimate and special Tiny Desk concerts open to the public.

NPR Music is pleased to announce NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest, a series of intimate and special Tiny Desk concerts open to the public. Fans of the Tiny Desk will now be able to experience in real life what they have been watching online for years. The festival will take place the week of October 28, with surprise performances at NPR’s HQ in Washington, D.C. NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest is supported by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with additional sponsorship from Dolby and American Mensa.

NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest will host a small audience nightly to experience curated concerts at the iconic Desk. The performances will be followed by an interview with the artist in Studio One. Fans at home will have the chance to tune in to a live Tiny Desk performance with NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest live stream.

“The passion and loyalty of Tiny Desk fans is inspiring,” says Senior Director of NPR Music, Lauren Onkey. “We are thrilled to welcome audiences to the Tiny Desk for the first time to experience this special series of concerts.”

Since the launch of the Tiny Desk concert series in 2008, more than 800 performances have been recorded at the Tiny Desk—All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s festive workspace at NPR Headquarters, which is adorned with years of music mementos and memorabilia. Millions of viewers have been exposed to new artists through the Tiny Desk.

The Tiny Desk Concert series has provided a unique stage for artists from across genres and at every phase of their careers, including recent performances by: Lizzo, Toronto-based R&B duo dvsn, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, L.A.’s Ty Dolla $ign, Puerto Rican star iLe, chillwave pioneer Toro y Moi, Sesame Street to celebrate their 50th birthday, and more.

Tickets for NPR’s first Tiny Desk Fest will be available here October 3 at 12:00 p.m., ET and performing artists will be revealed the night of each show.

Tiny Desk Concerts attract more than 7.5 million viewers each month and continues to unify a passionate community around the love of music discovery.

Catch up on NPR Music’s previous Tiny Desk Concerts here. For all things related to NPR’s Tiny Desk Fest follow along with #TinyDesk and on NPR Music’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About NPR Music

For more than a decade, NPR Music’s robust music journalism and award-winning original video programming has delighted millions of music fans from all genres. NPR Music collaborates with NPR’s news magazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate listener community to celebrate exceptional music and discover emerging artists. Visit to find the complete Tiny Desk concert series, music feature stories, extensive archives of performances, interviews and music reviews. Connect with NPR Music on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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