FLORENCE — Some familiar faces will be taking the stage at Country Thunder in April, along with some newcomers looking to bring a little spark to Pinal County’s biggest event of the year.
The festival already announced during its pandemic-caused October stint that Morgan Wallen would be one of the headliners for the April 7-10 performances. On Tuesday, the rest of the main stage performers were revealed, including headliners Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Riley Green.
“It has always been customary for us to begin our festival run in Arizona,” said Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO Troy Vollhoffer. “It’s the perfect place to start on a high note — the weather is perfect, the fans are stoked and it really sets the stage for another exciting year of music festivals.”
Shelton last performed in Florence in 2017 as the last headliner. His star has only grown brighter since then, thanks not just to his music but his fame as a celebrity. He is a host on the hit NBC reality show “The Voice.”
Florida Georgia Line was at the previous year’s festival, reliably bringing a party atmosphere to the festival grounds with songs like their super-hit “Cruise.”
Green will be a fresh face among the headliners (Wallen had previously played the festival as an opening act). He rose to prominence in 2018 with the release of the single “There Was This Girl” and his debut album “Different ‘Round Here.” Previously, he was known as a quarterback for Jacksonville State University and a contestant on the reality show “Redneck Island.”
Other notable performers include Gabby Barrett, who crashed onto not just the country music scene but pop music as a whole in early 2020 with her smash hit “I Hope.” Barrett was actually scheduled to perform as one of the earlier acts in the April 2020 Country Thunder, before “I Hope” was released, but is now positioned to be performing much later in the night.
Other opening acts include Randy Houser, HARDY, Chase Rice, Lindsay Ell, Michael Ray, Tracy Lawrence, Jameson Rodgers, Blanco Brown, Sawyer Brown, James Barker Band and Mackenzie Porter.
More information on the festival can be found at countrythunder.com/az.