Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes ... these country artists routinely sell out concert venues all on their own.
Yet WE Fest ticket holders will get a chance to see each of these superstars and more this weekend, starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, and continuing until the wee morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 4, at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes.
Stapleton will be making his WE Fest debut this year, headlining Saturday's show, while Brooks & Dunn will be making their first appearance in 10 years to anchor Friday night's lineup. Urban, who headlines Thursday's show, made his last appearance on the WE Fest stage in 2013.
Stapleton, the popular and award-winning singer/songwriter from Kentucky, is known for big hits like “Broken Halos,” “Millionaire,” “Nobody to Blame” and “Tennessee Whiskey.” A five-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner — including multiple wins for Best Country Album and Male Vocalist of the Year — Stapleton has racked up a long list of accolades for his work as a performer and composer. He has written and co-written more than 170 songs.
Urban, meanwhile, boasts 22 number one songs and has topped the country music charts with six of his seven most recent albums. Right behind Urban in number one singles is Brooks & Dunn, with 20. The duo is one of the most successful country music duos of all time.
To see Stapleton, Urban, Brooks & Dunn and the many other artists perform, purchase either a 1-day ticket, which starts at $198, or a 3-day ticket, which starts at $233. To enter the campgrounds, purchase a separate campground ticket or a combo music/campground access ticket.
Now 37 years old, WE Fest is one of the largest country music festivals in the nation, attracting people of all ages, from all over. In recent years, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.wefest.com.
WE Fest Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 1: Tyler Rich, 3 p.m., Main Stage and 12:30 a.m., Barn Stage; Walker Hayes, 5 p.m., Main Stage; LeAnn Rimes, 6:30 p.m., Main Stage; Billy Currington, 8:30 p.m., Main Stage; Keith Urban, 10:45 p.m., Main Stage.
Friday, Aug. 2: Kelleigh Bannen, 3 p.m., Main Stage; Jimmie Allen, 5 p.m., Main Stage, and 12:30 a.m., Barn Stage; LANCO, 6:30 p.m., Main Stage; Jake Owen, 8:30 p.m., Main Stage; Brooks & Dunn, 10:45 p.m., Main Stage.
Saturday, Aug. 3: Adam Doleac, 3 p.m., Main Stage, and 12:30 a.m., Barn Stage; Dylan Scott, 5 p.m., Main Stage; Big & Rich, 6:30 p.m., Main Stage; Jamey Johnson, 8:30 p.m., Main Stage; Chris Stapleton, 10:45 p.m., Main Stage.
Odds & Ends
Download the official WE Fest 2019 app, available at the Apple Store and Google Play. Create your own music schedule, find your friends, track your campsite and much more. An interactive map of the WE Fest grounds is also available at www.wefest.com.
Every year, WE Fest honors U.S. military service men and women with a national anthem performance and patriotic presentation to recognize those who are serving or have served. WE Fest Military Day 2019 is on Friday, Aug. 2, so festers are invited to show their patriotism by wearing their best red, white and blue for the celebration.
While you are at WE Fest this year, take a walk through the Walk of Fame, just south of the Ranch House. Put your hands in some of those prints from past stars who embedded their hands in cement during their appearances at the Soo Pass Ranch, and listen very carefully. You can almost hear Roger Miller scat singing jazz style in the middle of "Kansas City Star," Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt belting out the "Whisky Ain't Workin' (Any More)," the Alabama boys getting down on "Mountain Music," John Anderson just a "Swingin'," or Emmylou Harris as she leaves the crowd breathless with her version of "Sweet Dreams."
Late arrivals, take note of these "do's and don'ts" for WE Fest 2019: No firearms or fireworks, glass containers of any kind, wagons or wheeled carts, coolers or large misters, umbrellas or kites, drones or other remotely flown devices are allowed inside the concert venue.
What is permitted in the concert bowl: Small bags (no larger than 11x14x5 inches), fanny packs or camelbacks (no more than one pocket), binoculars, chapstick, ear plugs, hats and rain gear, low-back lawn chairs, blankets and towels, selfie sticks, sunscreen, physician prescribed medications, camera (no detachable lens), and one empty or sealed plastic water bottle. More information is available at www.wefest.com/festivalguide.