Summer may be winding down, but for organizers at Lucknow’s Music in the Fields (LMITF), the party is just getting started.
Running Aug. 24-26, this year’s event is sure to keep the rockin’ tradition alive, with headliners from Tim Hicks and Jake Owen bringing the thunder to Bruce County.
With an all-new location at Graceland, organizers have paired both camping and concert in the same area, making sure fans will have no trouble seeing the main stage, even from the comfort of their own campsite.
In addition, separate wristbands are no more — meaning anyone with a weekend pass can visit friends staying on the grassy grounds, and campers are encouraged to start setting up Wednesday evening.
More highlights include a shuttle from the venue to Lucknow’s downtown area, running daily to Main Street. Shows are available at the Sports Complex, and longer vendor hours are sure to make it easier for fans to indulge on food and merch earlier and later each day.
Kicking things off, four-time CMAO 2017 winner Meghan Patrick will take over the stage, with Toronto’s DJ Johnny Rivex pumping out the tunes for the Thursday Night Throwdown.
More than ready to make Lucknow his stompin’ grounds, Tim Hicks hits the stage Friday, alongside Cold Creek County, and London’s country queen Genevieve Fisher. The two-time JUNO Award nominee and CCMA award winner never fails to put on an amazing show — singing along to hits like Slow Burn, Let’s Just Drink, and, of course, Stronger Beer, fans are sure to have a hell raisin’ good time.
An international recording star and ACM winner, with six albums under his belt, Jake Owen will bring the party Saturday night. With a string of No. 1s, from Barefoot Blue Jean Night to Beachin’, Owen’s electric presence has far more to do with unquenchable star power than just glowing palm trees.
Rounding out the night, Canadian icon and multi JUNO Award winner Tom Cochrane with Red Rider will hit the stage, with The Washboard Union, River Town Saints, and rising star Alee.
This weekend marks a year of big changes for LMITF. Besides new digs, new arrangements, and new hours, other fresh experiences include additional drink selections from Craft breweries and wineries, in addition to the traditional Sepoy Saloon selections, and a new all-ages festival grounds, as well as ice and the Royal Canadian Legion’s breakfast wraps for sale on site, instead of at the legion building.
Thanks to LMITF’s partnership with the Lucknow & District Kinsmen Club, over $1.1 million in proceeds have gone back to charities and projects since the festival’s inception in 2009.
We also want to thank the team at LMITF for having The Bus along for the ride this year. We couldn’t be happier. This as hands down one of the best festivals in Ontario and a fantastic way to wrap up your summer.
For more information, visit www.musicinthefields.ca.
See you there.
Whitney South / @WriterWinston