The fifth-annual Country Lakeshake Festival took place on Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois from June 21-23 2019. The festival was hosted by Adam Burish of the Blackhawks and Brian O’Connell who conducted interviews from atop the mainstage in between sets. Though the weather challenged Luke Bryan’s “rain is a good thing” perspective, it was a record-breaking attendance weekend that was certainly due in large part to the overall vibes of the beauty of the location and the amount of talent showcased in the lineup.
In honor of Country Lakeshake’s 5-year anniversary, here are our 5 favorite things from the weekend celebration!
1. Making History
Friday night made history as the first major country music festival ever to dedicate an entire day to female artists only. The full throttle sass was split up between the two stages at the Country Lakeshake Festival: the Mainstage and the Next From Nashville stage. The lineup included Kassi Ashton, Rita Wilson, Rachel Wammack, Clare Dunn, Lindsay Ell, Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina, Maren Morris, and headliner Miranda Lambert who brought out all the mainstage performers at the end of her show making a bold statement for girl power within the country music industry.
The headliners of the Lakeshake Fest this year included Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan. Each of them brought something individualistic to the table, and each had surprise guests including Cole Swindell who was in town and joined Luke Bryan for the song he wrote, “Roller Coaster.” One of the most notable moments was Granger Smith’s power-packed set including his Earl Dibbles Jr. encore that is a must-see in person. Take a look at Mitchell Tenpenny joining Granger Smith for the single he wrote that Granger released, “If The Boot Fits.”
— Tiera Joy ✨ (@TieraBolt) June 24, 2019
3. Next From Nashville
If you’re one of those people who is constantly searching for the next big artists before others discover them, then the Next From Nashville stage is what your dreams are made of. This year, in true Chicago fashion, they displayed banners in the tent which highlighted all of the performers from years past. Some artists here who I would imagine will be seen on the Mainstage in the near future, were Hardy, Travis Denning, and Nashville native, Levi Hummon. Check out Levi’s performance of “Don’t Waste The Night.”
— Tiera Joy ✨ (@TieraBolt) June 23, 2019
There were quite a few snack options for the hangry festival goers! What stood out most was the two free snack options: The Cookie Dough Cafe and Red Rock Deli Chips (BONUS: Red Rock had a witty photo op with a new phrase each day!) So BRB, I’m heading over to the nearest grocery store for a fix of these new products I’m hooked on!
5. Photo Ops
From the classic LS backdrop that has made its appearance in years past to the Chicago sports-centered backdrop that encompassed the Lakeshake mainstage and the Chicago skyline, to the Blackhawks ONE GOAL sign, there were plenty of exciting spots to take Instagram-worthy photos!