More than 40 of the biggest stars in country music are on track to play the first-ever Country 500 Festival at Daytona International Speedway next Memorial Day weekend. And the lineup veers all over the country map, with contemporary stars like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line sharing space with traditional-country icons like Willie Nelson and crossovers such as Kid Rock.
Lady Antebellum is also scheduled for the inaugural event, suggesting the Grammy-winning trio’s hiatus while Charles Kelley launches a solo tour won’t last all that long.
While Bryan is closing out the festival Sunday night, May 29th, and Willie Nelson, Kid Rock and a special homecoming for Florida Georgia Line are all slated for Saturday, Friday night’s headliner is yet to be revealed. An announcement is due November 3rd, along with dozens of other acts performing throughout the weekend on three specially designed stages. In a clever twist, fans will be able to camp in the Daytona Speedway infield, placing them at the center of the festival and the racetrack.
In addition, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to engage with many of the performers at artist meet-and-greets, which will be located throughout pit road and the garages. The inaugural Country 500 will take place in Daytona, Florida, May 27th to 29th, 2016.
A different racetrack-set country and rock festival — the NiFi Festival — originally slated for this past August at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, was abruptly canceled in July due to low ticket sales.