Winstock Country Music and Camping Festival
In addition to the announcement that Brad Paisley will be heading to Winsted in June 2016, Winstock Country Music Festival organizers have also expanded camping offerings at the annual country music event.
“We’ve sold out of camping the last few years, so with the added sites this year, we’ll be able to accommodate more of our fans,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson.
New Campgrounds F/G will be added on land west of Cable Avenue, across from the existing Campground C. This change is due to Winstock losing its lease on the Campground E land when the City of Winsted purchased it for future development. Campground E guests received letters last spring explaining the change and how to renew campsites in other campgrounds. Another addition to Winstock’s camping offerings will be sites for larger recreational vehicles.
The 21 number-one hits Paisley will bring to the Winstock stage for the first time, plus his 14 Country Music Association awards (including a win as Entertainer of the Year) and the 14 Academy of Country Music awards, provide evidence that he has figured out how to connect in a big way with both the public and the country music business.
“Brad Paisley has been on our list for a number of years to have perform at Winstock,” Danielson said.“Simply put, he’s one of the best.”
Rising star Lee Brice will close out the show Friday night. Known as a prolific songwriter of modern country music, Brice is quickly rising through the ranks to become a full-fledged headline act, as well.
Thomas Rhett will perform prior to Paisley at Winstock Saturday, June 11. Rhett, like Brice, has had success both in the spotlight and in the background as another of the top songwriters of today. Citing past Winstock headliner Luke Bryan as an influence in his unpredictable musicality, Thomas Rhett is striving to reach that point where fans aren’t surprised by anything he does.
Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy have been confirmed to perform prior to Rhett, making for a powerful one-two-three punch Saturday at Winstock.
“Those three artists are going to make for a very memorable afternoon of music and performance,” Danielson said. “It’s really one not to miss.”
Rounding out the national artist lineup Saturday is “Carolina” hitmakers Parmalee and rising star Clare Dunn. Friday night fills in with Tyler Farr and A Thousand Horses.
Artists for Winstock’s emerging artist stage, plus additional regional and local acts may be found at www.winstockfestival.com.
Tickets and more information
As in the recent past, VIP tickets to Winstock ‘16 sold out at the 2015 event. As of the printing of this publication, Campgrounds A, B, C, and D are also sold out, however plenty of options are available to attend and camp at Winstock.
Reserved seating at Winstock ‘16 will cost $165, and general admission will cost $100 through the early-bird deadline of April 15. Camping will cost $110 for the weekend. Tickets may be purchased online at shop.winstockfestival.com or by calling (320) 485-4287. Patrons are encouraged to purchase camping passes and tickets at the same time, Danielson said.
For additional artist announcements, promotions, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visit www.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMN, and like Winstock on Facebook.
The Winstock Country Music Festival began in 1994, as a fundraiser for Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted. Originally at the Winsted Municipal Airport, organizers moved the festival across the street to the current site in 1998.
The Emerging Artist Stage made its debut at Winstock in 2005, providing sets from Nashville’s hottest up-and-coming artists between main stage performances.
A permanent 24-foot-tall stage structure was built by RAM Buildings of Winsted in 2007. A reserved seating section was also added behind the VIP area in 2007. Additional camping options were added to the festival in 1999, 2005, and again in 2009 with the addition of Campground E.
“As always, we can’t thank enough the folks who have volunteered at and continue to attend Winstock year after year,” Danielson said. “We’re looking forward to putting on another top-notch country music event to kick off their summers right.”