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Country shakes the lake in Chicago

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – The Windy City LakeShake Festival is coming to Chicago this summer with Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley among the artists playing the June fest.

Live Nation is putting on the festival June 19-21, part of its continuing expansion of holding country music festivals around the U.S. The fest will be at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, holding 30,000 seats. The venue sticks out into Lake Michigan.

Other artists are Kip Moore, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Cassadee Pope, Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols, Frankie Ballard, Canaan Smith, Mickey Guyton, Easton Corbin, RaeLynn, Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn and David Lee Murphy.

More artists will be added to the line up.

"Being a native Chicagoan, it has been a dream of mine to present a world class country music festival in my hometown," said Brian O'Connell, President of Country Touring at Live Nation Entertainment. "The backdrop of the beautiful skyline of Chicago, and the coolness of being right on the lake shore will enhance the incredible artists we have lined up for year one. No one has more fun than Chicago's music fans, and I am sure that LakeShake will be one for the ages."

Three-day admission to the festival is $199.50 with prices going up to $599.50. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 11 a.m. eastern.

LiveNation also is the promoter of Watershed, Faster Horses, Route 91 Harvest, FarmBorough in Manhattan and the recently announced Delaware Junction festival.

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