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Aldean, Church, Urban headline Watershed

Monday, January 25, 2016 – Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban will headline the fifth-annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival this summer in Washington, the first-ever country music festival to host two consecutive weekends.

A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Merle Haggard, Neal McCoy, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, David Nail, Jon Pardi, RaeLynn and Travis Tritt will be on the bill as well for the festival at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. on July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7. Additional artists will be announced.

"The 'Shedders and my team know how special Watershed is to me, and I can't believe we're coming back in only our fifth year for two weekends," said Brian O'Connell, President of Live Nation Country Touring. "I'm so excited to see first-timers like Jason, Keith and Eric's reaction when they arrive at The Gorge, as the view is just out of this world, and all the artists and fans getting to experience the truly unique vibe of this festival."

Tickets go on sale Jan. 29 at 10 a.m, Pacific at watershedfest.com.

The first to be established in Live Nation's family of premier country music festivals, Live Nation added four destination festivals including Faster Horses in Brooklyn, Mich.; Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas; Windy City LakeShake in Chicago and FarmBorough in New York.

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