Here’s what you should know about this week’s Country Thunder Arizona
PHOENIX – With Country Thunder Arizona returning to Florence this week after multiple delays, officials are reminding revelers to stay safe while having fun during the four-day festival.
“Enjoy the country music, but use common sense,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer said in a public service announcement posted to YouTube.
“Follow the law, don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends do it either. Make smart choices and ensure your weekend at Country Thunder isn’t your last.”
More than 100 people were cited at the 2018 and 2019 events, with violations including minor in possession, assault, disorderly conduct and DUI, according to a Pinal County Attorney’s Office press release.
Since then, the festival has been postponed three times and seen two announced headliners – Kane Brown and Morgan Wallen — come and go from the lineup. The top slots this week belong to Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Luke Combs and Eric Church.
The latest Country Thunder Arizona was originally set for April of last year. It was first rescheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then moved to April 2021. The festival finally settled on Oct. 14-17, 2½ years since the last one.
Here’s a look at what to expect at this week’s Country Thunder, per the event’s website as of Wednesday morning:
When: 1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.
Will call and the front gate are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Campgrounds opened Wednesday morning.
Cowboy Church is set for 11 a.m.-noon Sunday.
Where: 20585 E. Water Way in Florence, about 65 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix.
Tickets: The event is mostly sold out. As of Wednesday morning, fewer than 2,000 four-day general admission passes were still available.
Platinum packages and reserved seats are gone, as are single-day general admission tickets. All camping options are also sold out.
Thursday main stage schedule: Nolan Sotillo at 3:30 p.m., Meghan Patrick at 5 p.m., Filmore at 6:30 p.m., Mitchell Tenpenny at 8 p.m., Dustin Lynch at 10 p.m.
Friday main stage schedule: Drew Gregory at 2 p.m., Austin Jenckes at 3:30 p.m., Seaforth at 5 p.m., Randy Rogers Band at 6:30 p.m., Chris Janson at 8 p.m., Old Dominion at 10 p.m.
Saturday main stage schedule: Drew Parker at 2 p.m., Dallas Smith at 3:30 p.m., Parmalee at 5 p.m., Park McCollum at 6:30 p.m., Ashley McBryde at 8 p.m., Luke Combs at 10 p.m.
Sunday main stage schedule: Kameron Marlowe at 2:30 p.m., Chicks with Hits at 4 p.m., Ernest at 5:30 p.m., Hardy at 7 p.m., Eric Church at 9 p.m.
Bag policy: Only clear plastic bags up to 14x17x6 inches, standard 1 gallon disposable freezer bags and small clutches no larger than 4½x6½ inches are allowed. No backpacks, large purses, camera bags or coolers are permitted.