5 Things Not to Miss at the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival
The 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival is just around the corner, and there are some sure-to-be-standout moments that you want to make absolutely sure to experience while you're there.
The three-day camping and country music event takes place from June 10-12 at scenic Hunter Mountain in New York, featuring headliners Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen on top of a stellar lineup that features a mix of the hottest acts and most promising up-and-coming artists in country music.
Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Old Dominion, Neal McCoy, the Swon Brothers, the Cadillac Three, Jana Kramer, Chris Janson, Outshyne and Annie Bosko round out the bill for the Taste of Country Music Festival main stage in 2016. Logan Brill, Adley Stump, Amanda Watkins, Keith Walker, Jake Worthington, McKenna Faith and Dylan Jakobsen complete the lineup for the Bud Light Stage.
Tickets are currently on sale for ToC Fest, which is the only country music and camping festival in New York. Pricing starts at $195 for a three-day pass, with single day passes beginning at $109. VIP packages start at $549 for a three-day VIP “Outlaw” pass, with “Super Outlaw” options available as well. Special packages include options like VIP seating and access to hospitality tents. A full range of camping options is also available at the Taste of Country Music Festival website.
You just never know what might happen at the Taste of Country Music Festival. In 2015, fans who caught Tracy Lawrence's set were treated to an impromptu guest appearance from Tim McGraw on "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," and that was just one of the many once-in-a-lifetime moments in store. Scroll through the gallery above for the most don't-miss things in 2016, or look through the list below.
Hunter Mountain is not only one of the coolest country music festival venues in the U.S., it's one of the most beautiful, too. Even when one of your favorite country music acts isn't onstage at the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival, or you're not taking in any of the on-site food or activities, there's always the spectacular beauty of the natural amphitheater -- nestled in the mountains in rural New York State -- to keep you entertained.
What better way to enjoy the natural beauty of Hunter Mountain than by riding the chair lift at the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival? Talk about a bird's eye view ... you not only get to drink in the scenery from the best vantage point, you also save yourself a whole lot of walking.
One of the coolest things about the annual Taste of Country Music Festival is the campground party. This year's campground party takes place on Thursday night (June 9), so if you're going to be camping for the festivities, make sure you load in early so you can get down to the Bud Light Stage by 6PM to see special sets from Dylan Jakobsen, Logan Brill and Amanda Watkins. This is one event you must have a camping pass to attend!
There are plenty of great artists at the 2016 Taste of Country Festival, but William Michael Morgan is one that fans who think traditional country music is dead really need to see. The young rising performer is a hat-wearing, down-home act whose debut single, "I Met a Girl," and straight-ahead delivery are reminiscent of a young George Strait, and he'll play the Ram Guts & Glory Stage at 1:30PM on June 11.
Of course, the Taste of Country Music Festival always has the hottest headliners in country music, and this year is no exception. One of the hands-down can't miss moments for 2016 is sure to be Kenny Chesney's headlining set on Saturday night (June 11.) Chesney is one of the all-time live favorites for country fans, selling out huge venues and stadiums everywhere he plays, and this year he'll bring new music to Hunter Mountain. He'll release Some Town Somewhere in July, and you can look for his brand-new single, "Noise," in his set, as well as a mile-long list of classic hits and fan favorites.