First-Ever Country Music Festival To Host Back-To-Back Weekends Will Kickoff 2nd Weekend Aug 5-7

NASHVILLE, TN - Aug 1, 2016 - The fifth-annual Watershed Festival kicked off this past Friday, making history as a sold-out crowd experienced Weekend One of the first-ever country music festival to host back-to-back weekends. Known by those who have visited as “Heaven’s Amphitheater,” fans experienced the world’s most unique and breathtaking setting of The Gorge, WA, while enjoying performances by country music’s hottest acts including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Keith Urban, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, David Nail, Jon Pardi, RaeLynn, Travis Tritt and more. Watershed Music And Camping Festival shows no signs of slowing down and will return for three more days of antics this Friday, Aug 5-7, where fans will be able to enjoy more of the distinguished and eclectic lineup on offer and the chance to visit the festival’s ethereal and unrivaled backdrop. To purchase tickets for Weekend Two visit: watershedfest.com.

Watershed Festival has built a reputation for putting fan and artist experience at the forefront of priorities. With fans building their own communities over the years and dubbing themselves ‘Shedders, Sunday’s headliner Keith Urban took to Instagram to declare, “Hey WATERSHED ....NOW I get what they mean when they talk about the SHEDDERS!!!!!! INSAAAAAAANE FUN. I love you guys and can't wait to be back next SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!!! - KU.” Known for creating unique experiences, a special and poignant moment for all during the three-day, two-stage music and camping festival came on Saturday when Merle Haggard’s sons Ben & Noel Haggard w/ The Strangers, took to the main stage to honor their father, who was slated to play the festival, following his recent passing. Continuing in the community vibe of the festival, other artists on the lineup took in the astounding views and enjoyed their fellow artists' sets, while Saturday’s headliner, superstar Jason Aldean, even welcomed earlier act Tyler Farr up on stage, while Keith Urban called upon Brett Eldredge to collaborate during his set.

“Watershed has always been special to all of us, being the first in our family of festivals,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Live Nation Country Touring. “This year was particularly special as we decided to make the move to two weekends, thanks to our amazing ’Shedders, and also because I got the chance to show-off this magical setting to a few first-timers like Jason, Keith and Eric. Their feedback was amazing and I’m itching for us to get back out there next weekend.”

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