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Country LakeShake Celebrates Five Years w/ All-Female Friday Lineup & Highest Attendance

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Photo Credit: Marc Nader

The fifth-annual Country LakeShake “Cheers-ed to Five Years” this weekend on the lively shores of Lake Michigan at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, delivering “some of country’s finest” (Billboard) artists for a three-day weekend getaway experience, with the festival hosting its highest attendance to date. 

“In a never-been-done-before style” (Sounds Like Nashville) Country LakeShake hosted an all-female artist lineup on Friday showcasing eleven “female country singers who country fans adore” (CMT) across two stages. With Miranda Lambert headlining, with the Pistol Annies, Lambert closed out the first night of the festival by inviting her fellow main stage artists from the day including Lindsay Ell, Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina and Maren Morris back to the stage for a collaborative performance of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” for what Billboard claims as an “epic country moment”.

The powerful sets continued into Saturday  matching the crowd’s high-energy with Keith Urban taking the stage as the sun went down for an unforgettable performance with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop. Performances earlier in the day included sun-filled lakeside performances from Morgan Evans, Midland and a mass singalong set from Brett Young who also stopped by to chat with Live Nation’s Brian O’Connell and former Blackhawks player Adam Burish for “LakeShake Live,” available to watch on People Countryhere.

The DISH Presents Next From Nashville Stage served as another hot spot for energetic performances through the weekend, where fans gathered to watch the next generation of country music shred in the festival scene including Caylee Hammack, Rachel Wammack, Rita Wilson, Seaforth and Travis Denning, who took to the crowds of LakeShake to asks fans who they were most excited to see perform.

Sunday night wrapped the final day of the festival with a rocking night of fan-favorite hits from headliner Luke Bryan, featuring a surprise visit from Cole Swindell for a collaboration of Bryan’s “Roller Coaster”, while artists Ryan Hurd, Jon Langston, Mitchell Tenpenny, Clint Black and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles JR warmed up the stage earlier in the day.

Bringing “a little country to the big city,” (Chicago Daily Herald) the summer staple event showcased a variety of food trucks, wine lounges, a Blackhawks Bar, a slew of interactive activities and pop-up artist performances, offering the perfect mix of entertainment and country music.

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