Brad Paisley, Martina McBride to headline 2016 Big Barrel

DOVER — Get pumped, country music fans. The lineup for Big Barrel Country Music Festival has been announced, with headliners Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt and Eric Church.

Set to take place from June 24 to June 26, the second Big Barrel festival will feature 40 artists performing at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. Among the other performers are Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride and The Band Perry. Tickets go on sale Oct. 30.

Big Barrel Country Music Festival for 2016 includes headliners Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr. and more. (Submitted)

Big Barrel Country Music Festival for 2016 includes headliners Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr. and more. (Submitted)

Speedway President Mike Tatoian said he thinks the list is guaranteed to interest a lot of people.

“I think from top to bottom it nailed it,” he said of the roster.

Mr. Tatoian noted June’s showcase will feature artists covering a wide range of styles, from the Southern rock-playing Marshall Tucker Band to the blended style of Hank Williams Jr. to country superstar Brad Paisley.

While the date for next year’s event had been announced previously, the roster and the ticket information is new.

Ticket prices remain unchanged: General three-day passes cost $149, while VIP tickets are $499.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 on

VIP tickets grant holders access to special standing-room only areas at Big Barrel Stage and Wildwood, as well as use of air-conditioned bathrooms, access to private cash bars, new meal options and free VIP parking. Unlike last year, there is no VIP seating.

Those who buy general admission passes will get free parking as well.

Kids ages 8 and younger are admitted free.

Camping passes are separate and include packages for RVs, tents and the Corral Club.

Attractions like Harvest Moon Dance Hall, The BBQ Pit and The Stable will also return in 2016.

While the exact number of attendees organizers hope to see has not yet been determined, Mr. Tatoian believes it will be more than the inaugural event.

“People are now more aware of it, it’s still a great value,” he said.

Big Barrel was first announced in December, and the festival was judged a success by organizers.

Hosted the week after Firefly Music Festival (which began in 2012), Big Barrel’s crowd was both older and had more women than Firefly’s, Mr. Tatoian said in a September presentation. It drew more than 35,000 people, according to Red Frog in a July statement.

The weekend festival is produced by Red Frog and Goldenvoice.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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