If you’ve been to one country music festival, you’ve been to them all, right? Wrong! The truth is that every festival has it’s own vibe and Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas is even more unique than most. Here are just a few of the reasons we think you should join us there in 2017!
Many festivals take place in the middle of nowhere, with tents and RVs being the accommodations of choice. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but if you’re just not the camping kind or perhaps you’d just like a change of pace, Route 91 is your festival. There are endless hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the festival grounds, which are located at the south end of the Las Vegas strip.
The calendar will tell you that fall has arrived, but maybe you’re not quite ready to give up that summer feeling. Don’t pack up those tanks and shorts just yet when you can give yourself one last summer hurrah in Sin City. Be sure to pack a swimsuit, there’s no better way to spend your mornings than lounging by the pool before you head over to the festival grounds for the afternoon and evening hours.
Once you arrive, you’ll find a wide variety of food and beverage options. Grab a cocktail at the Malibu Beach House or a beer at the Budweiser Country Club. When you get hungry you’ll find everything from Greek food to tacos and of course plenty of barbecue. The Harvest Market is the place to get your official Route 91 and artist swag and shop with vendors who can get you outfitted in festival fashion.
One thing you can always be sure of at a Live Nation festival – the lineup will be top notch. The chance to see three of country’s best headlining acts in one weekend is amazing in itself, but the artists are stacked deep. LOCASH kicked off the festivities on Friday, riding high on their current hit “I Know Somebody”. Chris Janson showed off his mad harmonica skills. Billy Currington’s Friday set was a highlight of my weekend, he’s an artist I’ve been dying to see live, but who has eluded me for years but it was well worth the wait! Granger Smith, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Little Big Town…we haven’t even covered half of the weekend’s lineup! Dan + Shay proved that Vegas is full of surprises, bringing Boyz II Men to the stage much to the delight of the crowd. The women of country music were well represented, with performances from Lindsay Ell, Brooke Eden, Jana Kramer and Martina McBride. When it comes to closing down the night, expect some A-list entertainment. Anchoring this year’s festival were Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan.
Route 91 Harvest Festival also features a second stage, appropriately called the Next From Nashville stage, where you can see catch some notable emerging artists. If you’re looking for a new favorite, this is where you’re going to find them. You will have to do a bit of picking and choosing as set times do overlap with artists performing on the main stage, but it’s well worth breaking away to catch some of these up and comers. Just a few of the standouts we saw here in this year’s roster: Brett Young, Ryan Hurd, LANco, William Michael Morgan and Runaway June.
When the stage goes dark, that doesn’t mean you have to call it a night. Rally your friends and head out on the town. The festival view includes the glittering lights of Mandalay Bay, Luxor, MGM, New York New York and so many more, just a stones throw away. The possibilities are endless, but we’d recommend trying to find your way up to the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. The view of the strip from 63 stories up is simply breathtaking and more often than not, this is where you’ll find the official festival after party.
Stay updated by checking in at the Route 91 website and follow on Twitter and Facebook. The dates are set for Route 91 Harvest Festival 2017! The festival will take place September 29-October 1, 2017. Mark your calendars, hope we see you there!