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Shelton, Lambert, Underwood headline Big Barrel

Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will headline the first Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Delaware in late June.

Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announced the line-up for the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28 in Delaware.

The fest will be held the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. That is the same site as the very successful Firefly festival, which has varying genres of music.

The Big Barrel line-up is an eclectic mix of country royalty such as Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, contemporary acts and edgier/rootsy performers. Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Sturgill Simpson, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope, Charlie Worsham, Jana Kramer, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joel Crouse, Chris Stapleton, the Del McCoury Band, Shakey Graves, Billy Joe Shaver, Nikki Lane, Jackie Lee, Logan Mize, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Wade Bowen, Caitlin Rose, Steven Lee Olsen, The Felice Brothers, The Stray Birds, Sam Lewis and The Deslondes are on the bill.

Three-day general admission passes are $99 and went on sale today. Highlights include a large-scale Dance Hall, BBQ area, saloon, 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, 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."

The festival is produced in partnership with Coachella producer Goldenvoice.

Big Barrel follows in the wake of several other multi-day country festivals around the U.S. LiveNation is behind Watershed in George, Wash., Faster Horses in Brooklyn, Mich., the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, and the first FarmBorough in New York from June 26-28, 2015.

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