Fifth Annual iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T Brings The Biggest Names In Country Music Together In Austin
Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Scotty McCreery, Mason Ramsey and Gavin DeGraw, Among Country Music Superstar Performances
Austin, TX – May 7, 2018 – The fifth annual iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T hosted Country music’s biggest superstars on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event celebrated all things Country and included performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Scotty McCreery and Mason Ramsey. Hosted by iHeartRadio’s on-air personality, Bobby Bones and Candace Cameron Bure, the event included special guest appearances by Gavin DeGraw, Josh Henderson, Ryan Hurd, Jana Kramer, Sam Palladio and more.
Saturday kicked off with the third annual Daytime Village Presented by The Makers of Accu-Chek at the iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza. The free daytime event featured live performances by Luke Combs, Brett Young, Dylan Scott, Danielle Bradbery and Ben Rue with DJ Sinister spinning throughout the afternoon. The village featured fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio's brand partners.
The music of the iHeartRadio app came to life with an extraordinary lineup and these special moments:
- Keith Urban closed out the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival and surprised fans by bringing out Maren Morris to perform his Miranda Lambert collaboration, "We Were Us.” Maren performed earlier in the evening and sung her hit single “The Middle.”
- Brett Young surprised country music fans everywhere when he brought out one of his biggest songwriting inspirations, Gavin Degraw, to perform “Soldier.” Before dedicating the song to the U.S. Military in the crowd, he told everyone that Gavin made him want to get into songwriting, “I’ve seen a lot of Gavin DeGraw shows, but tonight is the first time I get to share a stage with Mr. Gavin DeGraw.”
- Cole Swindell gave a touching tribute to the U.S. military, service men and women overseas and all the first responders as he closed his set at the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival with a performance of "Ain't Worth The Whiskey." He later returned to the stage for a special surprise performance during Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster."
- During the rest of Luke Bryan’s iHeartCountry Festival set, he had fans singing and dancing while performing hits like "That's My Kind of Night," “Play It Again," "Most People Are Good," "I Don't Want This Night To End,” and closed out with "Huntin', Fishin', and Lovin' Every Day.”
- During Billy Currington's set, Luke Bryan appeared on stage to help sing "Good Directions," which he co-wrote.
- Dan + Shay brought out Daytime Village performer, Danielle Bradbery to help them sing their song "How Not To.”
- Eleven-year-old Walmart Yodel Boy, Mason Ramsey, performed the song that made him become a viral sensation after the world saw a video of him yodeling in his local Walmart. His talent has already taken him to Coachella and now the iHeartCountry Music Festival where he also performed his new song, “Famous.”
- Country singer/songwriter, Scotty McCreery recently released his fourth studio album Seasons Change, and this weekend surprised the crowd with a special performance of his new single, “Five More Minutes” at the iHeartCountry Festival.
- During Sugarland's set, the reunited duo was in the middle of their song "Stuck Like Glue," when Bobby Bones crashed their performance.
- Dustin Lynch released his brand new single "Good Girl" at midnight on May 5th. A day later the country star officially debuted the song live, for the very first time, during his performance at the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas.
iHeartMedia broadcasted the iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T live across more than 120 Country radio stations while the star-studded event also streamed live for fans nationwide on www.att.com/iHeartCountry and AT&T’s Twitter.
The iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T is an iHeartMedia Production. Proud partners of this year's event include Advance Auto Parts, AT&T, Roche Diabetes Care, maker of the ACCU-CHEK® Guide system, Taco Bell®, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The 2018 iHeartCountry Festival’s benefiting charity will be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for every ticket sold, iHeartMedia will donate $1 to help fund the hospital's lifesaving treatments and research. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.
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