FLORENCE — A controversial rising star who pulled out of the 2021 Country Thunder earlier this year will be a main attraction at the 2022 festival.
With the next, regularly scheduled Country Thunder music festival less than six months away, planning was well underway before this year’s edition was even finished.
On Saturday, popular radio host Storme Warren got on the stage before Ashley McBryde was set to perform to announce Morgan Wallen will be the headliner for the April 2022 Country Thunder festival. The announcement was originally planned for Sunday night, but Warren said he had to leave early and made the announcement.
Wallen was scheduled to headline this weekend’s Country Thunder, replacing Kane Brown following the first COVID-19-caused festival postponement. However, after video was released of Wallen shouting out a racial slur while out with friends, he canceled his touring dates, including Country Thunder.
Wallen was replaced as Friday night’s headliner by Old Dominion.
The other three headliners for the next four-day festival have not been announced, but tickets and campsite renewals were getting underway during the final day of Country Thunder.
Wallen, 28, has been a fast-rising star in country music following the release of his album “Dangerous,” which featured three No. 1 hits in “More Than My Hometown,” “7 Summers” and “Wasted on You.” His rise got him an appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” though only after his first scheduled performance was canceled after video surfaced of him breaking NBC’s COVID protocols.
He previously performed at Country Thunder Arizona in 2018.