Live Nation Announces Inaugural Watershed Music Festival

Live Nation Entertainment and ACM Promoter of the Year Brian O’Connell have established a new country music festival set for August 3-5 at the Gorge Amphitheater in Oregon.

The Watershed Music Festival will feature camping, late night sets, impromptu jam sessions, and collaborations. So far the lineup includes 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 will be announced in the coming weeks.

“For years, we’ve wanted to host a multiple day country festival that builds on the tremendous success for our annual Sasquatch Music Festival and Dave Matthews Band residency,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle. “We believe this event will bring that same sort of excitement and energy to The Gorge for an entirely new group of music fans.”

The Watershed Music Festival has a capacity of 25,000 with lawn terrace seating and camping options.

Three-day passes go on sale Sat., May 5 at and


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