Country Thunder Alberta returned for Its 3rd year!

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By Adriana Malinowska

CITY:  Calgary, AB (Canada)

DATE:  August 17-19, 2018

VENUE: Country Thunder Alberta

Country Thunder Alberta is a three day festival packed to the brim with country music, fun, food, and booze, in an atmosphere that is always full of respect and peace. The Prairie Winds Park grounds in Calgary were very well monitored by security guards and the police presence was palpable.

With all that being said, the quality of the festival was so high that you were guaranteed at the end of the day to have those in attendance hungry for more music!

 Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

 Drew Gregory

Drew Gregory

Returning for its third year , it is no surprise to note that each year has seen the popularity and number of attendees continue to rise. The geographical reach of this festival has also been impressive, with attendees hailing from as far out as Europe and even Asia.

Some of the attendees for this years festival had already purchased their tickets for 2019 and we think this may have something to do with the fact that one secret is out; namely that Jason Aldean will be the Sunday night headliner at the festival next year.

 Hunter Brothers

Hunter Brothers

 Bryan White

Bryan White

 Ryan Lindsay

Ryan Lindsay

The only down point, in my opinion, is that amongst the 16 artists that played this year, only 2 were female: Madeline Merlo and Jess Moskaluke. There are so many great female country singers and bands around that arranging a more gender balanced lineup should not really be a problem to organise.

 Renegade Station

Renegade Station

 Eric Church

Eric Church

 The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three

This year’s lineup included: Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Eric Church, The Cadillac Three, Dean Brody, Midland, Chad Brownlee, Restless Heart, Kentucky Headhunters, Drew Gregory, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Hunter Brothers, Bryan White, who invited a surprise guest Paul Brandt, Ryan Lindsay, and last but not least Renegade Station.

 Dean Brody

Dean Brody

 Midland

Midland

 Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee

 Restless Heart

Restless Heart

 Kentucky Headhunters

Kentucky Headhunters

 Madeline Merlo

Madeline Merlo

 Jess Moskaluke

Jess Moskaluke

Country Thunder is definitely one of my favorite festivals, and I can’t wait for 2019.

For more Country Thunder festival locations, info, and tickets please click the link:

https://www.countrythunder.com