LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL ‘WATERSHED – The Northwest’s Premier Country Music Festival
THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE – GEORGE, WA
Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, 2012
Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam & more to converge for three-day camping festival
ON SALE SATURDAY, MAY 5 AT 10:00 A.M.
Seattle, WA – Live Nation Entertainment and ACM Promoter of the Year Brian O’Connell are leading the charge for a new country festival where the music and atmosphere will rival the serene, natural
beauty of the landscape. Watershed Music Festival will take place August 3, 4 and 5 at the iconic
Gorge Amphitheatre and is set to feature a versatile lineup of artists, camping, late night sets,
impromptu jam sessions, collaborations and more. Located east of Seattle, the Gorge Amphitheatre
provides a picturesque backdrop for the laid back, country vibe O’Connell has envisioned for this truly
unmatched festival. Three day festival passes go on sale May 5 at Ticketmaster.com and
“The Gorge provides a feeling that is impossible to recreate anywhere else,” said O’Connell. “It is truly
a magical place and provides the perfect setting for a cool, eclectic country event. We wanted to
create something that didn’t exist, from the caliber of artists to the camping and the atmosphere. I’m
excited to be a part of it and see it all come together.”
“In the storied 25 year history of The Gorge, we’ve been fortunate to host many of the nation’s top
country artists, but all have been single day concerts,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation
Seattle. “For years, we’ve wanted to host a multiple day country festival that builds on the tremendous
success of our annual Sasquatch! Music Festival and Dave Matthews Band residency. We believe
this event will bring that same sort of excitement and energy to The Gorge for an entirely new group of
Artists confirmed for the multi-day country fest include Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans,
Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Dwight
Yoakam, Tracy Lawrence, Reckless Kelly, The Lost Trailers, Steve Holy, Johnny Reid, Jon Pardi,
Thomas Rhett, Morgan Frazier, DeeJay Silver and a local stage will feature regional acts each night.
More artists are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Gorge Amphitheatre, located in George, Wash., is undoubtedly one of the most scenic concert
venues in the world and offers sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge. The area itself is a
watershed for the Columbia River, thus inspiring the name of the event. Watershed Music Festival will
feature a limited capacity of 25,000 and will offer lawn terrace seating and premier camping options.
The amphitheatre has been the home of many historic concerts from bands such as Pearl Jam, Dave
Matthews Band, Phish, Van Halen, Rush, Radiohead, Tim McGraw, Aerosmith, Metallica, Rascal
Flatts, John Mayer, The Police, Brad Paisley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the annual
Sasquatch! Music Festival.
Three day festival passes will start at only $90.00 and go on sale May 5 at Ticketmaster.com.
For more information visit WatershedFest.com, or find the festival on Twitter (@watershedfest) and
About Live Nation Entertainment
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comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management
Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the
world’s top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation
Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Front Line is the
world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live
Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800
advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event
and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or
charge by phone 1-800-745-3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.
Dates and times subject to change without notice.
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WATERSHED MUSIC FESTIVAL Press Release
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