Rockin’ River announces full lineup for 2018 festival

By on January 23, 2018
Some of the biggest stars in country music will be returning to Merritt this summer at the Rockin' River Musicfest. (Herald files).

 

The speculation is over.

On Jan. 23, organizers announced the full lineup for the 2018 Rockin’ River Musicfest, which is slated to return to Merritt from Aug. 2 to 5.

Joining already-announced headliner Eric Church will be Brett Eldredge and B.C.’s Dallas Smith.

Joe Nichols will headline opening night of the festival on Aug. 2, while Luke Combs, Midland, and the James Barker Band are also slated to hit the stage during the four day festival.

“It would take you half a week just to count ‘em all, how many number one singles we’ve got going on between all these artists,” said Rockin’ River Musicfest president Kenny Hess.

Hess said the response to Tuesday’s announcement overwhelmed the Rockin’ River organizing crew.

“It has been non-stop, the phone ringing off the hook, people on our website, on everywhere. Social media has just exploded,” said Hess.

As in prior years, there are plenty of Canadian and B.C.-based acts featured on the lineup, and the festival will host the return of the “Road to Rockin’ River” competition, where Canadian performers audition for the chance to open for one of the festival’s headlining acts.

“I am a big believer that if we do not nurture our young talent, we’re gonna end up with no talent. It’s like a forest — you can’t just cut it down, you’ve got to re-seed it, take care of it and groom it,” explained Hess. “I can’t think of a better way to groom young talent than to have them on the same stage as guys like Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Dallas Smith, Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs, all those great acts — the young acts can only benefit from sharing the stage with them.”

More information about the festival is available at the Rockin’ River website.

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