Lynyrd Skynyrd, Luke Combs, Nelly among performers of upcoming Rock the South music festival

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CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — This year’s Rock the South music festival has a little something for everyone.

For country music fans, award-winning singers Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert are among the top headliners. For those who like hip hop, Nelly is also on the roster. And for those who like classic Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd will also be playing.

This year marks a change for the long-running Cullman music festival, which was forced to cancel last year’s festivities due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

“This is easily the most diverse lineup we have ever had at Rock the South,” Rock the South founder Shane Quick said in a press release. “When you say the names Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nelly; you have the perfect recipe for the biggest party in the South. We couldn’t think of a better way to re-launch the live concert industry in the South.”

Other acts on the roster include Ashley McBryde, Jordan Davis, Ingrid Andress, Flatland Cavalry, Laine Hardy, Josh Kiser, Drew Parker, DeeJay Silver, Morgan Wade, Trey Lewis, and Alex Hall.

The festival, which is typically scheduled each year for early June, was pushed back by organizers and the city of Cullman out of caution as pandemic restrictions ease.

“We decided to push the date two and a half months later into the summer in hopes to give more time for the curve to flatten and vaccines to be distributed,” media host Isabella Allred said.

You can expect to see a few changes at this year’s festival: new vendors, new camping and RV layout and new location. 

“After the pandemic of 2020, what a great time to celebrate everyone getting through such a hard time,” Allred said.

The festival will run Aug. 13-14 in Cullman. General admission tickets are $79.99 for the two-day festival while platinum and VIP tickets run $149.99 and $309.99 respectively.

If you’re already set on being part of the return of Rock the South in August, you can sign up for the superfan presale for a discounted rate and early purchasing options.

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