One of the most-anticipated lineup announcements of the festival season, the sixth-annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival revealed today that superstars Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Chris Stapleton would lead this year’s lineup at The Gorge, WA on July 28-30. Spotlighted by Entertainment Weekly, Nash Country Daily and Rolling Stone as a “must-see” festival, Watershed takes place at indisputably the most heart-stopping music venue in the world boasting an incredible sun-drenched backdrop, with passes to the festival often selling out in minutes. Passes will go on sale this year starting Feb. 15 at 10am PT at watershedfest.com.
To celebrate the festival’s fifth year anniversary, Watershed made history last year as the first-ever country festival to host two consecutive weekends and has made waves within the country artist community for its serene atmosphere and “for being one of the prettiest ones to play in the United States” (Sounds Like Nashville). Known for showcasing the full landscape of the country music genre, it was also announced today that Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Bailey Bryan, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Josh Abbott Band, High Valley, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, William Michael Morgan, Old Dominion, Eric Paslay, Michael Ray, Chase Rice and The Cadillac Three will take to the coveted stage this year, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
An amalgamation of offering a heavy-hitting, eclectic lineup that includes the genre’s hottest emerging acts, as well as an unrivaled setting and awesome backstage vibe have all led to Watershed’s rise to “bucket-list” status in just five short years. The festival’s fans (otherwise known as ‘Shedders) have also been instrumental, embracing the full experience of “Watershed” with homemade campground activities including giant slip n’ slides, monster beer pong competitions, dunk tanks and themed campsites. The remote location also inspires free spirits to enjoy late-night sets from returning fan-favorite DeeJay Silver at the Next From Nashville stage, with more information on artists set to play the festival’s second stage to be announced. Fans can enhance this year’s festivities with the introduction of the Watershed VIP Club, offering priority access to enter the festival, amusement rides and the scenic onsite cliffhouse, as well as exclusive entry to the elevated Sunset Deck offering unrivaled views of the stage and surroundings. Campers can also indulge by upgrading camping to The Gorge Oasis, for more information visit here.
“I always tell anyone who asks about Watershed, ‘you have to see it to believe it’ and it’s true,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Country Touring at Live Nation. “What happens out there in the middle of nowhere is honestly like no other experience. The views, the fans, the artists, the vibes, it really does all feel like magic and thanks to the ‘Shedders we’re in an awesome groove in our sixth year. They know they can count on us to bring the talent, showcased by our lineup announcement today, and we know we can count on them to bring bring their spirits that have grown this festival into something really special.”
Live Nation’s premiere family of country music festivals was established when Watershed was born at The Gorge, WA in 2012. Building a reputation for selling out in minutes and hosting the genre’s biggest superstar acts, the establishment of three further three-day, two-stage destination festivals shortly followed including Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI, Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, NV and Country LakeShake in Chicago, IL. All unique in their approach, but with the common theme of fan-enjoyment at the forefront of priorities, the sister festivals have built a reputation through the artist community as a must-play festival of the touring year. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), or Live Nation, is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit investors.livenationentertainment.com.
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