IHEARTMEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE IHEARTCOUNTRY FESTIVAL BY AT&T, BRINGING TOGETHER COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST SUPERSTARS FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR
America’s Top Country On Air Personality Bobby Bones to Host the iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T
New York, NY – February 13, 2018 – iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet, announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T on Saturday, May 5. For the fifth straight year, Country music’s biggest superstars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas in a live celebration of all things Country.
The Country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young, with more to be announced. In addition, one of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated top on air personalities, Bobby Bones, will return as the official host of the iHeartCountry Festival main stage.
“What makes this Festival special is that it is the one night the A-list of Country Music comes together to perform live, collaborate with friends and spend time together as a family,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Everyone stays to support each other until the last band has walked off stage.”
iHeartCountry has more than 150 Country broadcast radio stations across the U.S. reaching more than 110 million Country music listeners per month, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America. The iHeartCountry Festival is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized concert events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartSummer’17 Weekend by AT&T and iHeartRadio ALTer Ego.
“The iHeartCountry Festival is known for connecting our listeners to the biggest names in country music and this year is no exception,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “It’s a must-attend night not only for fans, but for the artists as well. The vibe back stage is like a family reunion, where the superstars get to reconnect and hang out. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind iHeart event.”
The iHeartCountry Festival is an iHeartMedia Production. Proud partners of this year’s event include AT&T, Roche Diabetes Care, maker of the ACCU-CHEK® Guide system, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with more to be announced. The 2018 iHeartCountry Festival’s benefiting charity will be St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for every ticket sold, iHeartMedia will donate $1 to help fund the hospital’s lifesaving treatments and research. For more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival.
Tickets will be available to eligible AT&T customers through an exclusive AT&T THANKS Priority Pre-sale beginning February 27 at 10 a.m. CT through March 1 at 9:59 a.m. CT via the AT&T THANKS app. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. CT via TexasBoxOffice.com. iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com. Streaming details will be announced soon.
With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 129 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over 1.7 billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 110 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service.
iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.