Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, more lead Tortuga, Country 500 festival lineups
It's been a blockbuster week for news about country music festivals in Florida. Let's get you caught up to speed.
On Tuesday, the Tortuga Music Festival, April 15-17 in Fort Lauderdale, announced Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley as its 2016 headliners. Last year's fest drew more than 75,000 fans from all over the world, so it's a huge up-and-comer in the concert world.
Other acts on the bill include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Kip Moore, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Elle King, Joe Nichols, A Thousand Horses and more. Three-day tickets went on sale today starting at $189. Click here for all the details.
Then on Thursday came a bit of a bombshell: The annual Florida Country Superfest would cease to exist at Jacksonville's Everbank Field. Instead, it would move to Daytona International Speedway and be renamed the Country 500.
The initial headliners for the inaugural Country 500 taking place May 27-29: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock and Lady Antebellum. One more headliner and the rest of the lineup will be announced Nov. 3.
Early-bird three-day tickets start at $199, and are on sale now. Click here for details.
Lest we forget, the Runaway Country Music Fest is also coming to Central Florida next spring, March 18-20 at at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.
Friday's Runaway Country lineup includes Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Craig Wayne Boyd, Mark Chesnutt, Old Southern Moonshine Revival and Whiskey Myers. Saturday's includes Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Chris Janson, Maddie and Tae, Lockhart and DJ Shane. Sunday's includes Eric Church, Mo Pitney, Grayson Rogers and more.
Tickets to Runaway Country 2016 start at $129 for all three days, or $89 per day. Click here for all the details.
-- Jay Cridlin