Known as one of the most exclusive festivals in the genre, with tickets selling out in minutes each year, the sixth-annual sold-out Watershed Music And Camping Festival proved its status this past weekend with superstar acts including Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton relishing the awe-inspiring backdrop, as well as the harmonious community vibe at The Gorge, WA this past weekend.
Festivities on Friday saw ‘Shedders, the apt name of the annual event’s fierce fans, embracing all that there was on offer from foam parties to line dancing, as well the jaw-dropping views showcasing why “with some of the world’s most stunning backdrops of the Columbia River…Watershed Festival has become one of the the country’s must-see festivals” (Nash Country Daily), with critics including Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone also featuring the festival as a “must see” festival. Following a stacked day, the first night came to a close with a spine-tingling set by headliner Chris Stapleton.
Established as “being one of the prettiest ones to play in the United States” (Sounds Like Nashville), artists also pinpoint Watershed Festival as a highlight on their summer touring calendar with performers across the weekend expressing their excitement on stage. Saturday’s headliner Darius Rucker took to the stage to close out the second day, delivering a hit-filled set sparking capacity crowd sing-a-longs.
The final day of the three-day, two-stage festival saw headliner Luke Bryan cap off an unforgettable weekend and with many festivals available to fans, Rolling Stone singled out Watershed highlighting that “a select few consistently find a way to distinguish themselves in a crowded field” adding that its “tough to beat the scenery at the Gorge Amphitheatre, overlooking the Columbia River in Washington State, where this festival is held every year. That experience of natural beauty pairs well with a top-notch performance lineup.”
Live Nation’s premier family of country music festivals was established in 2012, when Watershed was born at The Gorge, WA. With a history of selling out in minutes and a reputation for hosting the genre’s biggest superstar acts, the establishment of three further three-day, two-stage destination festivals shortly followed including Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI, Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, NV and Country LakeShake in Chicago, IL. All unique in their approach, but with the common theme of fan-enjoyment at the forefront of priorities, the sister festivals have built a reputation through the artist community as a must-play festival of the touring year. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), or Live Nation, is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management.
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