Fox and iHeartMedia have announced that Fox will televise the star-studded "iHeartCountry Festival" special on Aug. 5 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Artists featured on the TV show include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Mason Ramsey and Brett Young.
The fifth annual iHeartCountry Festival took place May 5 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Radio personality Bobby Bones and actress Candace Cameron Bure hosted the event. The special will have behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, as well as guest appearances from Gavin DeGraw, Jana Kramer, Sam Palladio, Danielle Bradbery, Josh Henderson, Ryan Hurd and cast members from the Fox drama series "The Gifted."
There were several surprise occurrences, including collaborations, at the event. Urban and Morris duetted on "We Were Us." Young and DeGraw teamed up for "Soldier," which they dedicated to the U.S. military. Bryan was joined by Swindell for "Roller Coaster." Bryan guested with Currington on "Good Directions." Dan + Shay teamed up with Bradbery for "How Not To." Meanwhile, "American Idol" 2011 winner Scotty McCreery made a surprise appearance to perform his song "Five Minutes."
This was Bryan's second time at the IHeartCountry festival. He was a headliner at the first iHeartCountry Festival in 2014. Urban and Swindell performed at the event in 2016.