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Kenny Chesney Named Taste of Country 2016 Headliner...before 2015 Event Ends

by Ryan Book   Jun 14, 2015 10:19 AM EDT

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Music festivals are releasing their lineups earlier and earlier and Taste of Country has set a high bar by naming Kenny Chesney as the 2016 headliner before the 2015 event is even over. It's a bold move, as apparently the promoters of the event—which is currently in its third year—have already booked the venue for next year as well. Confidence is good, right?

We can read other things from the announcement. For one, expect Chesney's current "The Big Revival Tour" to continue for a second year. Chesney has been killing it on the road during 2015, selling out stadiums after taking a break during 2014. It seems unlikely that he'll just come out of the blue for a festival headlining slot next year, so expect at least a small tour leading up to his performance.

The 2016 Taste of Country Festival has been scheduled for the weekend of June 10 through June 12, once again taking place at Hunter Mountain southwest of Albany, NY. Tickets will be going on sale early as well, available online as soon as Monday, June 15. If you're attending the festival right now, you can swing by a ticket booth to buy 2016 tickets right now (seriously though: If you're attending the festival right now, go back to watching music). This year's rendition of Taste of Country was a sellout, but there's no word yet on whether it plans to increase its 20,000 capacity for next year.

This year's festival featured headlining sets from Trace Adkins, Keith Urban and Toby Keith, as well as openers Billy Currington, Sara Evans, the Eli Young Band and others. Keep an eye out for next year's other headliners. Promoters have already proven that announcements could come at literally any time.

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