This summer, on the weekend of August 3-5, the inaugural Watershed Music Festival will take place at the renowned Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Presented by Live Nation Entertainment, the festival is set to be a three-day extravaganza of live music and camping.
Big names in the country music industry like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Sarah Evans will headline the main stage throughout the weekend. Other artists confirmed to participate in the event include Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Tracy Lawrence, and many more.
In addition to the main stage, a local stage will also be set up, featuring “impromptu jam sessions” and regional acts each night to highlight the industry’s newcomers and potential up-and-coming stars. The most recent lineup of the festival lists 31 different acts that are set to perform.
The Gorge Amphitheatre, located about 150 miles east of Seattle, WA, is the nine-time winner of PollStar Magazine’s award for Best Outdoor Music Venue. The amphitheatre is situated on the watershed for the Columbia River, giving this new music festival its unique name and adding a stunning view of the surrounding landscape to accompany the tunes.
The amphitheatre has been home to many historic concerts in its past, covering different facets of the music industry. This summer, however, it’s all country at the Watershed Music Festival. In a press release from Live Nation Entertainment, Brian O’Connell, the Academy of Country Music’s Promoter of the Year, “the Gorge provides a feeling that is impossible to recreate anywhere else,” and it is “the perfect setting for a cool, eclectic country event.”
Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle, added that they at Live Nation “wanted to host a multiple day country festival that builds on the tremendous success for [their] annual Sasquatch Music Festival and Dave Matthews Band residency.” Trisler said he believes that the Watershed Music Festival “will bring that same sort of excitement and energy to The Gorge for an entirely new group of music fans.” Live Nation is the world’s leading live entertainment company, and they are sure to make their new festival a memorable, and annual, occasion.
Tickets for the festival have been on sale since May 5. General admission 3 day passes are still available, while other package deals have already sold out. These three-day passes come in the form of tickets that must be exchanged upon entry for wristbands that enable fans to move about freely for the length of the festival.
The Gorge Amphitheatre is set to accommodate a limited capacity of 25,000. Fans are encouraged to bring suitable lawn chairs, and several overnight camping options are available throughout the weekend that include general, premier and terrace camping.
Prices for camping tickets range from $110 for a standard camping spot, to a $350 package that includes shower and restroom facilities and a shuttle ride from the camping site to the nearby amphitheatre. The Gorge Campground will open on Thursday, August 2, while the festival officially opens at 1:30 p.m. on August 3 with the first act heading to the stage at 2:30 p.m.