Miami goes country with new music festival

Streaming HUBMarch 14, 2023

MIAMI (AP) – Already considered a hub for Latin, hip hop and electronic music, now Miami is going country.

Tickets for the Country Bay Music Festival went on sale Tuesday. The event is scheduled for November 11-12 at historic Miami Marine Stadium, southeast of the city on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay.

“With an incredible lineup of top country music artists and a picturesque waterside venue that has a long history of hosting iconic country music shows, including Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Rogers, we believe the Country Bay Music Festival is a must-attend event for years to come,” event organizer Tony Albello said in a statement.

Headliners set for the Country Bay Music Festival are Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Lee Brice and Lanny Wilson. Other artists include Randy Houser, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Elle King, Restless Road, Blanco Brown, Josh Ross, Hailey Whitters, David J, Kat & Alex and Neon Union.

In addition to hosting one of the largest country music events Miami has ever seen, the festivities will include a country-themed bar, games, food, line dancing, a mechanical bull, and a giant Ferris wheel. There will also be an opportunity to attend the festival by boat or yacht with an Anchorage Access Pass.

Virginia Key, the site of Miami Marine Stadium, is a small barrier island in Biscayne Bay and is connected to mainland Miami by a single causeway. Limited access to Ultra Music Festival created transportation problems when the electronic music event temporarily moved from Bayfront Park in downtown Miami to Miami Marine Stadium in 2019. A causeway connecting Virginia Key to the mainland also provides access to the island community of the Keys. Biscayne, where officials expressed concerns about safety, noise, traffic and the environment at the time.

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