advertisement
Country

LASSO Montreal Rounds Up Major Country Stars for 2024 Festival

Now in its third year, the country fest features big U.S. and Canadian names including Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Josh Ross, Matt Lang, MacKenzie Porter and more.

Eric Church

Eric Church

Courtesy Photo

As Canada becomes a hotbed for country music festivals, LASSO Montreal just announced a lineup filled with some of the biggest names of the genre. Named alongside previously-announced headliners Sam Hunt and Eric Church are, amongst others, Dustin Lynch, Brett Young, Tyler Hubbard, Megan Moroney, Matt Lang, Kip Moore, Josh Ross and Laurence St-Martin.

They will take to the Parc Jean-Drapeau stage on August 16 and 17 in the third edition of LASSO Montreal. The festival is produced by evenko, and the earlier editions featured such genre stars as Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Jake Owen and Dierks Bentley.


advertisement

The 2024 lineup is shaping up to be the strongest yet, boosted by Sam Hunt and Eric Church. The Georgia-born Hunt made a mark writing songs for other stars, then signed a record deal a decade ago. Since then, he has had multiple No. 1 singles, won American Music and CMT Music Awards, and won praise for incorporating pop and R&B elements into his work.

At 46, Eric Church is now a veteran star, with nine studio albums and a string of such No. 1 hits as “Drink in My Hand," "Springsteen, Talladega," "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Raise 'Em Up" to his credit over the past two decades.

Tennessee native Dustin Lynch has a trophy case full of major awards, thanks to his deep voice and big sound, while Californian Brett Young went platinum on his eponymous debut, topped Billboard Country Albums chart with his Gold-certified Ticket To L.A , and has notched over 8.1 billion global streams to date. Tyler Hubbard made a major splash as one half of hit duo Florida Georgia Line, and his self-titled debut solo album earned a Favorite Debut Album nomination at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Notable Canadian artists are also on the bill. Quebec favourites Matt Lang and Laurence St-Martin will play, as will rising Ontario star Josh Ross and Medicine Hat hitmaker MacKenzie Porter.

advertisement

Have a look at the full lineup on the festival poster below:

On August 15, a day before the main event, a yet to be named concert venue in downtown Montreal will present LASSO in the City, hosted by SiriusXM. Performers will be named later.

Single-day LASSO Montreal tickets go on on sale this Friday, February 2 at 10 a.m. here. 2-day tickets are already on sale there.

The growth of LASSO is another sign that the country music festival scene across Canada is thriving. Back in December, Billboard Canadareported on the launch of Coast City Country, a new event in Vancouver coming this April featuring headliners Nickelback, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley that is anticipating over 75,000 attendees.

Last week, Billboard Canada reported that Republic Live, producers of the annual massive multi-day Boots and Hearts country music festival north of Toronto, has launched a Nashville-based management division called RLive.

As the genre grows here, Nashville and Canada are growing closer by the day.

advertisement
Three Radio Insiders on the State of Canadian Radio
Bill King
Radio

Three Radio Insiders on the State of Canadian Radio

To get a fix on the volatile situation, Bill King speaks with three veteran insiders with unique insights.

In early February, Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) announced a substantial workforce reduction, initiating the elimination of 4,800 jobs, equivalent to approximately nine percent of its workforce. This significant downsizing, coupled with plans to divest 45 radio stations nationwide, underscores one of the most extensive layoffs in recent Canadian history.

The decision continues to reverberate through an industry already grappling with diminished revenues and persistent losses in BCE's news division. The move reflects the company's strategic imperative to streamline operations and navigate the challenging terrain of the contemporary market.

keep readingShow less
advertisement