Michigan’s biggest summer music festival is a go.
The Faster Horses Festival, which has traditionally drawn 40,000-plus fans daily to Michigan International Speedway, will take place as scheduled July 16-18, producer Live Nation announced Wednesday.
The three-day country and camping fest will proceed with the lineup originally set for last year, including headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. This summer’s rescheduled date was announced in spring 2020, but its status remained uncertain because of ongoing pandemic restrictions.
Wednesday’s announcement was delivered in a video set to Aldean’s 2019 song “We Back.”
The Faster Horses confirmation is a bellwether of sorts as the live entertainment business prepares to reboot after a 15-month lull. Wednesday’s announcement follows the reopening blueprint unveiled last week by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The plan, which includes lifting restrictions on outdoor gatherings starting June 1, was certified Monday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Brian O’Connell, head of Live Nation’s country division, had said in a May 14 video he would push forward with this summer’s event if conditions permitted.
“We intend to host Faster Horses 2021 if the state and local governments allow us to do it as we traditionally do it,” O’Connell said then.
Some Canadian ticketholders have voiced concerns about their ability to attend, given the ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border prompted by the pandemic. Nonessential travel between the countries remains banned through at least June 21.
Those fans and others with ticket questions have been advised to email Faster Horses.
This will be the eighth installment of Faster Horses, which launched in 2013 and promptly earned the affectionate nickname “three-day hillbilly sleepover” from O’Connell. Most fest-goers camp at sites in and around the speedway.