UPDATE: Due to rain, Country Thunder has been postponed Sunday till 4 p.m.
Some of the biggest names in country music will descend on Arizona’s desert this week and weekend for the 2016 Country Thunder Music Festival.
And you know it’s going to be one heck of a party.
Florida Georgia Line. Eric Church. Jake Owen. Cam. Old Dominion. Cole Swindell, are just a few of the big names to take the stage.
Here’s your quick guide to the festival, the top acts, and getting down to Florence, as well as the five reasons this will be the ultimate party you do not want to miss.
COUNTRY THUNDER 101:
When: April 7-10
Where: 20585 E Price (Station) Road, Florence, AZ 85132
Tickets: Single-day general admission ranges from $50 - $75. Festival packages start at $190
What's in Florence? Glad you asked. We found a few bizarre, but highly entertaining things to in the area. Watch the video above to learn more.
MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE:
The Cadillac Three
Florida Georgia Line
Casey Donohew Band
A Thousand Horses
WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT:
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Florida Georgia Line has had quite the success since forming in 2010. From Cruise to the remixed version to Dirt to Anything Goes to Confession, their songs have continued to top the country charts. When they take the stage, the energy is there and the audience can feel it. It’s a total party. With them as the main headliner, you know the show is going to be good.
Cam is one of Country’s newer acts, releasing her debut EP last year, but her voice is powerful and her songs have taken over country radio. Her breakout song, “Burning House,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. This is an artist you do not want to miss.
It really doesn’t get much better than that — four days of country music from sun up to sun down and late into the night. Not to mention, we live in Arizona and our country music festival is held in the middle of the desert…in April…where the weather is (usually) better than anywhere else (sorry East Coast, 50s is too cold for us).
You’ll also get to see some of the newer acts to country music. Who knows, they may just take the main stage next year!
THE JACK DANIELS “TASTE OF TENNESSEE” EXPERIENCE
Beer and country music go hand-in-hand, but Jack Daniels sounds pretty good, too. The distillery is located 1,700 miles away from Phoenix in Lynchburg, Tenn. so not everyone is able to see how it’s made. The “Taste of Tennessee” brings the distillery experience to you. How tall was Jack? What gives Jack its coloring? How long does it take? Head to Country Thunder to find out.
COUNTRY CAMARADERIE AND MEMORIES
No to get sappy, but country festivals are an experience in themselves. Think how many other country fanatics you’ll sing and dance with and the memories you’ll create? A lot! (Just don’t post every picture on Facebook.)
That’s why you should go! Here are a few more of the country hits you should have on your playlist and the dos and don’ts for this weekend.
DOS AND DON’TS
- Never drink and drive! The camping sites are sold out, so if you’re not staying on site, get a cab, an Uber, a Lyft or a sober friend to drive home (or to the hotel).
- NO instruments, weapons, chains, outside food into the venue, water packs flags or video cameras.
- Do bring medium backpacks, sun block, hats, sunglasses, beach towels, non-professional digital cameras and a good attitude. More festival must-haves for Country Thunder.
SONGS TO ADD TO YOUR COUNTRY PLAYLIST:
JAKE OWEN - BEACHIN
ERIC CHURCH - MR. MISUNDERSTOOD
OLD DOMINION - BREAK UP WITH HIM