Delaware Junction country music festival on track

DOVER — With the kickoff of the inaugural Delaware Junction country music festival in Harrington less than a week away, excitement is in the air.

“Everything is on schedule and we already have our Live Nation Festival Team on the ground setting up,” said Brian O’Connell, Live Nation’s president of Country Music Touring.

Despite the Delaware State Fair wrapping up only last week, Live Nation didn’t have to wait to get to work as the festival site is in the same location as general parking for the fair.

Two large stages currently are under construction on the grounds; the Main Stage and the Next From Nashville Stage.

Both have a full lineup each of the three days with little overlap so music lovers will have the opportunity to see every artist they want.

Country musician Jason Aldean, shown performing in May in California, will headline Delaware Junction in Harrington on Friday, Aug. 14. (TNS/Anda Chu)

Country musician Jason Aldean, shown performing in May in California, will headline Delaware Junction in Harrington on Friday, Aug. 14. (TNS/Anda Chu)

Headliners like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith will perform on the Main Stage and new up-and-coming artists are scheduled for the Next From Nashville Stage.

Cape Henlopen High School’s singing sensation, Sara Ann Garrison, will open the “Nashville Stage” at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Delaware Junction. (Delaware State News file photo)

Cape Henlopen High School’s singing sensation, Sara Ann Garrison, will open the “Nashville Stage” at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Delaware Junction. (Delaware State News file photo)

Although the festival grounds are wide open with no trees or natural shade, the Next From Nashville Stage will be under a large tent, giving festival-goers the opportunity to get out of the summer sun.

Also to keep cool, attendees may bring a sealed water bottle or empty bottle to refill for free at water-filling stations at the festival.

“It’s exciting that this new festival is so close,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Until setup begins and the festival is underway, it really only exists as an idea so seeing a new festival come to life is always a great experience.”

Each day, live music will play from around 3 to 10:30 p.m. but gates open at 1 p.m. Parking is available on site for $20 per day.

A schedule of all artist times and locations can be found on Delaware Junction’s website, delawarejunctionfestival.com.

If you’ve purchased your tickets already, you will be able to trade your paper ticket for a wristband at the gate. Wristbands are valid for all three days and cannot be replaced or exchanged.

The festival runs Aug. 14-16 and three-day passes are available at the festival website or at the on-site box office between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Passes start at $199 and camping options also are available.
Delaware Junction Lineup
FRIDAY
Main Stage
J.T. Hodges 2:40 p.m.
Kristian Bush 3:35 p.m.
Raelynn 4:50 p.m.
Tyler Farr 6:10 p.m.
Cole Swindell 7:40 p.m.
Jason Aldean 9:20 p.m.
Next From Nashville Stage
Courtney Cole 2:55 p.m.
Seth Alley 3:40 p.m.
Tucker Beathard 4:25 p.m.
Austin Webb 5:15 p.m.
Cam 6:10 p.m.
Late Night with DJ Silver after Main Stage ends
SATURDAY
Main Stage
Joey Hyde 3:30 p.m.
The Cadillac Three 4:50 p.m.
Colt Ford 6:10 p.m.
Lee Brice 7:35 p.m.
Toby Keith 9:10 p.m.
Next From Nashville Stage
Sara Ann Garrison 2:45 p.m.
Bo Dickerson 3:25 p.m.
Tucker Beathard 4:10 p.m.
Seth Alley 5 p.m.
David Fanning 6 p.m.
Late Night with DJ Silver after Main Stage ends
SUNDAY
Main Stage
Clare Dunn 3:30 p.m.
The Swon Brothers 4:50 p.m.
Frankie Ballard 6:10 p.m.
Thomas Rhett 7:40 p.m.
Florida Georgia Line 9:20 p.m.
Next From Nashville Stage
Levon 3:25 p.m.
Ruthie Collins 4:15 p.m.
The Railers 5:25 p.m.
Ryan Kinder 6:40 p.m.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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