Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

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Jason Aldean performs during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow.

Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware's country music fans' ticket dollars the next two days. The Big Barrel country fest, produced by the joint venture of Coachella producers Goldenvoice and Firefly producers Red Frog, was announced and went on sale today, set for Dover, Del., on June 26-28. 

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On Dec. 12, Live Nation, in partnership with Highway One, announced the Delaware Junction festival for the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington on Aug. 14-16, with tickets to go on sale tomorrow.  So, while Delaware Junction got its announcement in first, Big Barrel will have a day's head start on ticket sales.

The Delaware Junction lineup, produced by Live Nation Country Music president Brian O'Connell (the biggest talent buyer in country and producer of Watershed, Faster Horses, Route 91 Harvest, and next year's Farmborough) features Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Tyler Farr, Kristian Bush, The Cadillac Three, Colt Ford, Clare Dunn, The Swon Brothers, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, and Ashley Monroe.