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Country Thunder 2016 Reveals New Canada Site, First Wave of Performers

October 28, 2015 by Alyssa

Country Thunder 2016

Country music and camping combine at Country Thunder every year in Arizona and Wisconsin, but 2016 will add a new city--and country--into the mix. Late next summer, the country music festival will add a third installment to its schedule with a three-day event in Calgary, Alberta.

The Canadian edition of Country Thunder 2016 will be the last of three to take place, as it’s not scheduled to arrive until Aug. 19-21. However, the lineup was revealed on the same day the festival location (Prairie Winds Park) was announced, giving fans something to look forward to during the long wait. This year’s main headliner in Calgary is Luke Bryan. No stranger to the Country Thunder stage, this Georgia native will be the perfect performer to close out one of the first evenings of Country Thunder Calgary.


Along with Bryan, Tim McGraw will be the second headliner of the weekend, The country icon has a new album, “Damn Country Music,” coming out in November. His 14th studio album overall, “Damn Country Music” will mark his fourth album in four consecutive years.

The last headliner of Country Thunder Calgary will be Big and Rich. The Nashville-based duo dropped its first album in two years, “Gravity,” in Sept. 2014, and fans are hoping 2016 will bring new music from the veteran singer-songwriters. The most recent album is still getting radio play, especially the single “Run Away with You,” which is at 21 and climbing on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.


Joining those three headliners are acts like Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, Courtney Cole, Bobby Wills, Petric, and Autumn Hill. More artists will be announced closer to the festival weekend.

Country Thunder Arizona, Wisconsin Lineups Still Pending

Although Calgary country music fans already know who’ll be performing for them this summer, Country Thunder attendees in Arizona and Wisconsin will have to wait a little longer to hear their respective lineups. So far, Eric Church is signed on to headline both of the U.S. editions of the festival, but the remaining acts are still unknown as of Oct. 28.

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