FLORIDA COUNTRY SUPERFEST SET FOR JACKSONVILLE
June 14 and 15, 2014 at EverBank Field
Biggest Stars in Country Music to be Featured at Major New Festival
Complete Music Lineup to be Released November 14
The first-ever Florida Country Superfest, featuring the biggest stars in country music, is set for June 14 and 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla., officials announced today. Jacksonville’s EverBank Field will play host to two jam-packed days and nights of country music and tailgating fun.
The complete talent lineup along with ticket information and other details surrounding this mega-event will be released at a press conference scheduled for Nov. 14 in Jacksonville. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Country music fans interested in signing up for the mailing list and securing tickets before they are available to the general public through a special pre-sale opportunity can register at www.FloridaCountrySuperfest.com.
“The Florida Country Superfest will generate a lot of excitement and showcase Jacksonville as a destination for entertainment,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “Events like this have a great impact on tourism and the local economy. I am thrilled that the community leaders and event producers worked together to make Jacksonville the host for this festival.”
Festival Productions, Inc.–New Orleans (FPI-NO) and SMG, which manages EverBank Field on behalf of the City of Jacksonville, have a longstanding relationship, and they worked closely to develop this new event for Jacksonville. AEG Live and The Messina Group are also part of the all-star team of experienced, major-event producers responsible for bringing the inaugural Florida Country Superfest to Jacksonville. This powerful combination of production expertise and management support of the Florida Country Superfest promises to make this music festival an annual calendar destination for country music fans from throughout the region and across the country for years to come.
Quint Davis, CEO of FPI-NO, and his team have also led the establishment and ongoing production of the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, La., which has an annual economic impact for the state of approximately $30 million and draws visitors from 47 states. FPI-NO is also responsible for the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of music fans.
“Get ready for country star after country star to rock Jacksonville in June,” said Davis. “The only way a huge event like the Florida Country Superfest becomes a reality is with the support and commitment from local officials and business leaders. Working with wonderful partners like Mayor Brown and his staff, the Jacksonville City Council, the Duval County Tourist Development Council, Visit Jacksonville, JAX Chamber and SMG, has made it possible to create this new annual celebration.”
Council President and Duval County TDC Chairman Bill Gulliford believes the Florida Country Superfest will yield big results for Jacksonville’s tourism industry next summer as well as the entire First Coast region. “We support this event and have invested in Quint Davis and his team because we think this event will bring fans to Jacksonville, from the southeast region as well as all over the country.” Gulliford added, “We did our homework, including speaking to the organizers of the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge. Their event draws fans from 47 states and has continued to grow year after year. We see this becoming a major event for Jacksonville in the future that will give us national recognition.”
Bill McConnell, General Manager of SMG Jacksonville, said that he anticipates Florida Country Superfest becoming an annual event in Jacksonville. “AEG Live and FPI-NO have a track record of delivering long-term, evergreen events that speak for themselves. That they have agreed to work with us on a three-year commitment only proves the confidence the production leadership has in the River City.”
Paul Astleford, President of Visit Jacksonville, is also a strong supporter for the Country Superfest. According to Astleford, “This has the chance to be a huge event for the community and I applaud the city leaders for getting this deal done. We will utilize our resources to promote the festival and generate as much publicity as we can as far as we can, to get word out and bring country music fans to Jacksonville next summer.”
About Florida Country Superfest Organizers
Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans (FPI-NO), a Louisiana-based company, in partnership with AEG Live has produced a myriad of events over the last four decades, from the Essence Music Festival to President Clinton’s two inaugural public events on the National Mall to various productions with the NBA and the NFL, including the 2013 Super Bowl Boulevard event.
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, 15 regional offices (including AEG Live’s Southeast headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla.) and owns, operates or exclusively books 35 venues.
The Messina Group, with offices in Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tenn., is also in the AEG family of companies. The Messina Group takes its name from its founder and leader, Louis Messina. Under Louis’ guidance, The Messina Group has redefined the large-scale country music concert experience.
SMG is the “gold standard” in public facility management. No municipality or outside management company can match the breadth and range of SMG’s venue management capabilities. Since its founding in 1977, more than 230 facilities have been brought under SMG’s management worldwide.