Nation Thunder competition returns to Alberta after pandemic pause

Nation Thunder returned to Alberta with a bang Friday.

There wasn’t a cloud in sight on the opening day of the competition Friday, when a sellout crowd basking within the late summer season warmth celebrated the return of Nation Thunder to Alberta for the primary time since 2019.

Friday’s lineup included Canadian Nation Music Award winners McKenzie Porter, and Excessive Valley, American Idol alumnus Laci Kaye Sales space, Texan Granger Smith and headliner Lee Brice.

“The artists did their jobs, but it surely was actually in regards to the followers, 21,000 of them.” stated Nation Thunder spokesperson Gerry Krochak. ” It was simply implausible. An incredible sight.

“It is like we have by no means been away.”

The occasion is being held for the primary time at Fort Calgary, shifting from its earlier location at  Prairie Winds Park in northeast Calgary, which allowed the competition to extend capability and made it attainable to ebook higher-profile acts this 12 months.

“This historic web site is a house run for us,” Krochak stated.

Saturday’s lineup contains Aaron Goodwin, Phil Vassar, Blanco Brown, Hardy, and headliner Morgan Wallen.

Tickets for the three-day occasion are offered out.

Friday, organizers tweeted that people who find themselves taking an Uber or getting dropped off on the competition ought to have the driving force drop them on the designated 6 Avenue rideshare zone.

They’ve additionally closed down their advance wristband pickup on the Nationwide Music Centre, so all wristbands will be picked up on the entrance gates.

Krochak stated regardless of the warmth and packed home, and excessive spirits, Friday’s crowd was “fairly well-behaved.”

For weekend festival-goers, he really useful giving your self a little bit further time to achieve the location. There are metropolis garages and parking tons all through downtown, and cyclists can lock up round 6th Avenue S.E. and eight Ave.

Excessive Valley at Nation Thunder on Aug. 19, 2022 (Photograph Twitter@HIGHVALLEY @dalemphoto)

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