The fifth annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival at the Gorge in George, Washington has unveiled its initial 2016 lineup, with a strong batch of country music superstars heading the list. Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, and Merle Haggard are among the big names on the bill for the event, which takes place on consecutive weekends in late July and early August.
Unlike many other popular music fests, Watershed does not typically recycle headliners, which means all of the headliners will be making their first-ever appearance at the event. Church is riding high on the success of his new album Mr. Misunderstood, while Musgraves earned a Grammy nod for her album Pageant Material. Haggard returned to the mainstream with his collaborative LP with Willie Nelson, while Aldean and Urban have new albums planned for 2016.
Beyond the biggest names, the undercard for the 2016 Watershed Festival is very impressive. Other acts confirmed for the event include A Thousand Horses, Brett Eldredge, RaeLynn, the Brothers Osborne, and Tyler Farr. Most artists will perform on both weekends. The fest also features a handful of legacy acts, such as Neal McCoy on opening weekend and Travis Tritt during week two.
The Watershed Festival takes place from July 29-31 and August 5-7 at the Gorge, one of the most popular venues in the country. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 29 at 10 am.
General admission wristbands are $199 and provide entrance to the festival all three days. Camping passes are an additional $142. Premium packages that provide VIP benefits are available, and premier camping passes can also be purchased for those who want prime camping spots close to the entrance.
In its first four years, Watershed has become one of the top country music festivals in the western U.S. Previous performers have included Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan.