Willie Nelson Bringing Fourth of July Picnic Back to Austin, Texas, in 2015
Willie Nelson has released the details of his annual Fourth of July Picnic, being held this year at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, Texas.
Now in its 42nd year, Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is returning to Austin after five years away. More than 20 artists are set to appear during the all-day festival, including Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Bush, Insects vs. Robots, Folk Uke, Amber Digby, the Raelyn Nelson Band, Pauline Reese and more.
Russell, Shaver and Coe all had the honor of also being in the lineup during the first year of the picnic, held in Dripping Springs, Texas, which Nelson modeled after one of the most iconic festivals in history.
"I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together. I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be," Nelson says. "I thought it would be a nice idea to, this year, have it back in Austin, but at a more comfortable venue for the fans AND the pickers."
In order to fit all of the artists into one day, the picnic will have a main amphitheater stage as well as a second stage on the Grand Plaza, which will feature picnic tables and a shopping area filled with Texas-based vendors.
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 10 through Ticketmaster, with a price range of $35 to $75. The event will also be broadcast on Nelson's SiriusXM channel, Willie's Roadhouse.
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