Country Thunder Nation announced the 2016 Arizona talent lineup yesterday, November 14, 2015, and it is going to be a big one. The festival takes place in Florence, Arizona each year and the dates are slightly earlier in 2016. Specifically the festival dates are April 7-10. 2016. Hopefully, this means that the temperatures will be slightly cooler for the outdoor festival. Fans have been anxiously awaiting this announcement since many purchased their tickets for next year during the 2015 festival. The wait is over!
The four headliners for each day are Eric Church, Jake Owens, Florida Georgia Line, and Kip Moore. There are dozens of class A acts including country’s hottest ‘up-and-coming’ stars scheduled along with two “to be announced” acts.
Eric Church will be the festival headliner in 2016. The news leaked earlier that he would headline the Wisconsin Country Thunder music festival, but fans were wondering if this would be true for Arizona. Church’s debut album in 2006, Sinners Like Me, rendered four top twenty country hits and cemented Church’s foothold in country music and his country superstar status. . He has won multiple awards and accolades since his debut and has become a fan favorite on the country music scene.
Florida Georgia Line has been on the fast track to super stardom since they formed in 2010. They are Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. One is from Florida and the other is from Georgia. The duo met in college in 2008 and their merger was musical magic. Here’s To the Good Times was their first full-length album released late in 2012 and it was the sixth best selling album of 2013. The duo has accumulated multiple awards and headlined multiple arena shows making millions of dollars.
Country heartthrob, Jake Owen, will close out Saturday night. Singer-songwriter Jake Owen signed with RCA Nashville in 2005. He has made four highly successful albums since that time and another one is awaiting release. Jake’s music videos have been viewed over 100,000,000 times. His energetic shows make him a natural shoo-in for Country Thunder.
Kip Moore’s first MCA Nashville album release, Up All Night, was released in 2012 and made the number one spot on the Billboard country charts. His hits include, “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” “Beer Money,” “Hey Pretty Girl” and “Young Love” to name a few. Platinum status record sales are nothing new for this country “hottie.” He will close the festival’s Thursday night.
Other artists on the schedule include Randy Houser, Old Dominion, A Thousand Horses, Chris Janson, Cam, Chase Bryant and more. For a schedule of the Festival weekend, click here.
For ticketing information, click here.