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Urban, McGraw, FGL, Lady A top Vegas fest

Friday, February 27, 2015 – The Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas will be back for a second go-round this year with Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line plauying.

Live Nation, in collaboration with MGM Resorts International, will be held Oct. 2-4. The three-day, two-stage festival, held at the MGM Resorts Village, also features, Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Brett Eldredge, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, Thomas Rhett, Austin Webb and Drake White. More artists to be announced in the coming weeks. The festival's second stage, "Next From Nashville," will return continuing to showcase emerging country artists.

"Our first year in Vegas really exceeded our expectations," said Brian O'Connell, president of Live Nation Country Touring. "We're definitely using what we learned the first time around and feedback we heard from the fans to change a few things up to make it even better this year. We're excited for Sin City to go country for the weekend."

Passes go on sale Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. Pacfic at rt91harvest.com.

More than 20,000 fans attended Route 91 Harvest's inaugural year.

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