Country Stampede Announces Lineup For 2016

Manhattan, Kansas (Jan. 15, 2016) – Kicker Country Stampede turns 21 this year, and to celebrate they’re bringing some of the biggest names and brightest stars in Country music to Manhattan, Kansas, June 23-25 for a once-in-a-lifetime, three-FULL-day festival experience that fans won’t want to miss. In addition to previously-announced headliners Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Sam Hunt, festival organizers have added one of the fastest rising stars in Country music Chris Janson, NBC’s The Voice alumna Cassadee Pope, budding Country star Chase Rice, Texas sensations Casey Donahew Band and Josh Abbott Band, Tucker Beathard, High Valley, Ryan Hurd, David Ray, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Courtney Cole and Sasha McVeigh to this year’s line-up.

Three-day admission passes are available for $130, VIP for $530 and reserved for $260 until Feb. 29. Camping is available starting at $140, and is expected to sell out again, so get your site before they’re gone! Jump-the-line tickets are available for $140 while supplies last. This ticket allows fans to enter the festival a full 15 minutes before everyone else. For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit or call 800-795-8091.

Festival organizers are also giving ticket holders the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite Country stars up-close-and-personal with the Party Pit. Located directly in front of the main stage, the Party Pit puts fans steps away from their favorite artists during their performances! There are a very limited number of passes in this standing-room-only area. Party Pit passes are available for Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Sam Hunt for $100/each, OR you can buy the Party Pit super pass which gives fans access to the party pit for every. single. concert. every. single. day.

“We work towards making each year the best experience possible for the Stampede family,” said Wayne Rouse, president and general manager of the festival. “This includes listening and adapting based on our attendee’s needs. The 2016 event has been condensed into three FULL days, which not only gave us a bigger budget for Thursday, but also will allow everyone time to travel and recover before work on Monday.”

This past June, tens of thousands of Country music-lovin’, cowboy boot-wearin’ fans descended on Manhattan, Kansas, for the 20th anniversary of Kicker Country Stampede. Throughout the weekend, fans were treated to performances by some of the biggest names and brightest stars in Country music, including superstar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton, award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Travis Tritt, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and many, many more. And that was just on the Cenex® Main Stage! Known for showcasing not only the biggest names of today, but also the biggest names of tomorrow, the festival featured ‘round-the-clock music from multiple stages, including the Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter’s Tent and Kite’s Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage. When attendees weren’t listening to the best Country music has to offer, they were riding a mechanical bull, eating mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, participating in interactive exhibits, competing in a cornhole tournament and much more.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.