Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church will headline Bayou Country Superfest in LSU’s Tiger Stadium during the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
Other performers at Superfest, which is expanding to three days for the second time in its seven years, include Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
Headliners Bryan, Aldean and Church are returning to the festival following previous Superfest appearances.
The opportunity to book Bryan for Superfest 2016 prompted festival organizers to stage another three-day festival, rather than the usual Saturday and Sunday festival.
“We don’t think we can automatically have three nights,” Superfest producer-director Quint Davis said Tuesday. “We need something really special for the Friday night. When you have Luke Bryan, you have something special, the most popular act in country right now.”
Earlier this month, Friday headliner Bryan won entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association awards. Georgia native Bryan is also triple-winner in the American Music Awards’ favorite male artist country category. The People’s Choice Awards recently nominated him for both favorite male artist and favorite male country artist.
Bryan’s No. 1 hits include “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer” and “Play It Again.”
Like Bryan, Bentley and Rucker are returning Superfest acts.
“We had Darius Rucker once before,” Davis said. “The people loved him. Same thing with Dierks Bentley. When Dierks walked out on the stage, the place went crazy. We remember when somebody is a favorite.”
Saturday headliner Church recently joined Hank Williams Jr. at the Country Music Association awards for a duet performance of Williams’ new single, “Are You Ready for the Country?” Church’s new album, “Mr. Misunderstood,” released earlier this month, sold 71,000 units in its first day-and-a-quarter of availability. The strong sales sent the album to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, just behind country stars Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” and Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller.”
Sunday headliner Aldean, a Georgia native like Bryan, reached country stardom with his 2009 album, “Wide Open.” The album produced four major hits, “She’s Country,” “The Truth,” “Big Green Tractor” and “Crazy Town.” Aldean’s No. 1 songs include “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Fly Over States.”
“Hit records are one thing, but this is a live performance,” Davis said of Superfest. “One of the things that makes the festival great, and why all these artists come, is the energy in the audience. The audience at Bayou Superfest in Tiger Stadium is one of the best. When you put Superfest and Tiger Stadium together, it’s incendiary.”
In 2016, Davis, who’s also producer-director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, will again export the Superfest concept to other cities. Three-day country music festivals are scheduled for the Daytona International Speedway in June and Talladega Superspeedway near Birmingham, Alabama.
“But Baton Rouge always has the biggest lineup of anywhere,” Davis said. “Superfest is a big success, so we spend more on talent. You won’t see this lineup anywhere else. The artists want to come there and it’s a great holiday weekend.”
Reserved Superfest parking goes on sale Tuesday. Stage-front, standing-room tickets in the Golden Horseshoe will be available for each day of the festival. Exclusive travel packages are available at many price levels.
The Tiger Plaza will again be a general admission ticketed space featuring a free-flowing hangout area. Early pricing for Tiger Plaza three-day admissions will be $99 for a limited time. Parking in LSU’s premium lots is also available.
Bayou Country Superfest is produced by Festival Productions BCM, LLC, a subsidiary of the New Orleans-based Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans. The festival is a co-production with AEG Live and produced in association with The Messina Group.