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Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more to play inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 8, 2014
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Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival. Country music’s biggest superstars will hit the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 29, to celebrate all things country, accoring to a news release.

Straight from the heart of Austin, the music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay, with more to be announced. The iHeartRadio Country Festival will be hosted by nationally-syndicated country music personality Bobby Bones.

“The response to our country performers at the last three iHeartRadio Music Festivals was so incredible we decided to create an entire show just for them,” said John Sykes, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, in the release. “It will be a country fan’s dream and a testament to the power of country music and recognition of the stature of these artists.”

Clear Channel will launch a six weeklong nationwide promotion in advance of the event, beginning Monday, Jan. 13, giving thousands of country music fans nationwide the opportunity to win a trip to Austin for a one-of-a-kind experience at the iHeartRadio Country Festival. The promotion will run across more than 120 Clear Channel Country radio stations as well as on iHeartRadio.

“Country music is experiencing an unprecedented explosion of popularity with music fans across America, and there’s no better way to celebrate that than by building on the incredible success of our annual 2-day iHeartRadio Music Festival and creating the biggest dedicated multiplatform event ever featuring the biggest stars in Country music,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, in the release. “The core of our business is the bond our local stations have with our listeners and an important part of that is to give them extraordinary events no one else can provide. With the largest reach of any country music radio group, we’re thrilled to add this once-in-a-lifetime ‘all things Country’ mega festival to iHeartRadio’s exceptional lineup of can’t miss events.”

Fans who cannot attend the iHeartRadio Country Festival will be able to listen live on Clear Channel’s Country music radio stations in the local markets or on iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11 a.m. Jan. 18. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival. The iHeartRadio Country Festival brand sponsors include Jim Beam Bourbon, NBC, State Farm and more to come. The iHeartRadio Country Festival is a Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Production. For more information, go to iHeartRadio.com.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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