“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s SUMMERTIME,” sings Florida Country Superfest headliner, Kenny Chesney, in one of his country anthems.
If that song doesn’t pump you up for the biggest country music event in Jacksonville then I don’t know what will.
The Florida Country Superfest is swiftly approaching on June 13 and 14 at Everbank Field. The two-day event will be filled with tan lines, daisy dukes and one hell of a good time. Read on for more info on the North Florida staple.
5 p.m. – Danielle Bradberry 5 p.m. – The Swon Brothers
5:40 p.m. – David Nail 5:40 p.m. – Colt Ford
6:40 p.m. – Cole Swindell 6:35 p.m. – Tyler Farr
7:45 p.m. – Keith Urban 7:40 p.m. – Brantley Gilbert
9:35 p.m. – Zac Brown Band 9:25 p.m. – Kenny Chesney
*The stadium opens at 3 p.m. for anyone who wishes to enter early.
Those who attended last year’s event may have noticed Colt Ford is performing for a second time this year. When asked, the Florida Country Superfest Press Office said it’s because Ford, who opened 2014’s Superfest, is a great performer and from the not-too-far town of Athens, Georgia.
Fans cannot only listen to Colt Ford during his performance, but they’ll also have a chance meet him during one of the Fan Fest Meet & Greets, along with other main-stage artists. Florida Country Superfest Fan Fest begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., located at the South End Zone Cabanas. It is free and open to the public. Artists performing at the Fan Fest will include Stephen Carey, Clark Hill, David Fanning, Brittany Marie, Fast 4 Ward and Ben Gallaher.
Here’s what I learned last year from attending …
Sunscreen is your best friend
- This shouldn’t be anything new to you, but you’ll need sunblock — especially for this two-day event.
Coordinate the perfect tailgating spot
- The nearest parking spot offered by the stadium is $40 for regular-sized vehicles, cash only, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Always have a Plan B if/when it rains
- Last year it rained for over an hour before the first act. So, have a meeting place established just in case rain pours down and causes chaos. This is also known as, “Where-is-the-nearest-alcohol-distributor?”
Have your favorite go-to drink on hand
- While you’re tailgating your face off with some corn hole action, make sure to have a cooler or two ready for you and your friends before the show. Pace yourself though, Florida Country Superfest is a marathon, not a sprint.
Take A Million Pictures!
- All these country artists in one place is pretty darn rare unless you’re attending the CMA Awards. How else are you going to remember Florida Georgia Line finishing a whole bottle of rum on stage before their set was over? With that being said, bring a portable phone charger, so your battery lasts from tailgating to the last performer.