The organizers of the Firefly Music Festival are going country in 2015 with the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, bringing artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and more than more more to the Woodlands next June.
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The organizers of the Firefly Music Festival are going country in 2015 with the Big Barrel Country Music Festival.
The festival, announced Thursday, will take place at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway from June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly.
The event will feature several well-known headliners like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists will include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and more than 40 up-and-coming and classic artists. Three-day general admission passes will be $99.
In addition to three days of country music’s top performers, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds. Highlights will include a large-scale Dance Hall, a BBQ area, a saloon, a marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.
“Firefly, combined with its home at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, has established the East Coast’s standard when it comes to delivering a top-notch music festival,” said Greg Bostrom, the director of Firefly and Big Barrel. “We’ll leverage the Firefly foundation and our collective backgrounds bringing preeminent music festivals to life to establish Big Barrel as the benchmark for country music experiences this side of the Mississippi River.”
Delaware Tourism Office Director Linda Parkowski feels this new event is important because of the opportunity it will provide to expand the demographic of Firefly-driven tourism.
“Delaware benefits when it attracts a diverse range of visitors, and having a country festivals means we’ll be seeing more families, more older couples, with more money to spend,” Parkowski said, adding that more people and more excitement will also translate to more revenue for Delaware. “The buzz created by Firefly’s growth will naturally heighten awareness of the state, and put us on more people’s radar as a place worth visiting.”
Passes for Big Barrel went on sale Thursday at noon through BigBarrelFestival.com. Camping options include the Corral Club, which includes a private air-conditioned tent, as well as RV packages and tent camping. Payment plans are available. Complete festival information can be found at BigBarrelFestival.com.
The announcement of the Big Barrel Festival comes less than a week after Delaware-based Highway One and Live Nation announced the headliners for their country music festival, Delaware Junction, taking place from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
That festival will feature Jason Aldean, Florida-Georgia Line and Toby Keith, along with additional artists to be announced in the future.
Organizers of Delaware Junction are hoping to attract a crowd of up to 20,000 campers. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, with three-day passes starting at $199. There are currently no plans to sell single-day tickets.
Multiple camping options also will be available for Delaware Junction with pricing starting at $150 per camp site. Tickets can be purchased at delawarejunctionfestival.com.