More than 22,00 country fans came out for the fourth annual Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, over the weekend. The fourth edition of the event from Live Nation's country division sets up shop on a 15-acre plot on Las Vegas Boulevard, right across from the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
The festival was slated to feature some of the genre's biggest stars from Friday (Sept. 29) night until Sunday (Oct. 1). By all accounts it went off without any issues, until around 10 p.m. on Sunday, when alleged lone gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire with an automatic weapon on the crowd below from his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay, killed at least 58 and wounding more than 515 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The festival is one of a suite of similar events promoted by Live Nation across the country, which also include Chicago's Country Lake Shake, Brooklyn, Michigan's Faster Horses Festival and George, Washington's Watershed Fest. This year's Route 91 featured headlining sets from Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, as well as appearances by Big & Rich, Kane Brown, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Brett Young and the Josh Abbott Band. The space has also hosted the iHeartRadio Festival's Daytime Village, as well as the 48 Hours Festival, Warped Tour and parts of the Life is Beautiful Festival over the past several years.