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Luke Combs Announced as 2020 Heartland Stampede Music Festival’s First Headliner Act

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Country Stampede, known for bringing country music’s biggest stars to Manhattan, Kansas for over two decades, has permanently relocated to Topeka, Kansas to partner with Heartland Motorsports Park.  Announced today during a press conference, Mayor Michelle De La Islaconfirmed the music festival has rebranded to Heartland Stampede and the 2020 music festival is set to take place June 25-27, 2020 at the Heartland Motorsports Park with country superstar Luke Combs revealed as its first headliner. 

“We are excited about Heartland Stampede coming to Topeka,” says Mayor Michelle De La Isla. “We wholeheartedly welcome all our guests and hope that as this event is in process our community demonstrates our values of customer care and hospitality. The economic impact and exposure this event will bring to our community is something we are all looking forward to.”

“The Country Stampede had a great run for 23 years in Manhattan; our team members and sponsors are like family.  We also have a strong partnership presence in the greater Topeka area, both with media partners and sponsors, and we are excited to bring the Heartland Stampede to Topeka, Kansas,” says Wayne Rouse, president of Heartland Stampede.

Annually drawing thousands of music fans to the city and bringing in an estimated eight million dollars to the economy each year, the move to Topeka brings much excitement to the community. 

“Having the Heartland Stampede as the anchor of Topeka’s events gives a whole new meaning to our goal of being a festival city,” said Brett Oetting, president of Visit Topeka. “Wayne and his team have been tremendous to work with and we are excited to begin planning for 2020 and beyond. Heartland Motorsports Park is the perfect venue and this is a testament to Chris Payne’s commitment to Topeka.”

Country Stampede was created in 1995 to expand the country music experience in Kansas, where fans could experience the performances top headliners and discover future stars.   Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Eric Church – not to mention hundreds of other great talents – have graced the Stampede stage in Manhattan, Kansas. Although the move from Manhattan to Topeka is bittersweet, festival officials are excited for what’s to come.   

With over 650 acres, Heartland Motorsports Park stands out as one of the world’s finest multi-purpose entertainment destinations, with ample space for stages, camping sites, food vendors and more. The new home for Heartland Stampede promises an even better overall festival experience with room for growth. 

“We are extremely excited the Stampede has decided to call Heartland Motorsports Park their new home and for choosing the Topeka community as the place to take their event to the next level,” says Chris Payne, owner of Heartland Motorsports Park. “It was a collective effort by many to make this happen and I would like to thank the Wayne Rouse and all the Stampede folks, as well as Jeff Engroff, and of course the staff at Heartland Motorsports Park.”  

The 2020 Heartland Stampede is already off to an exciting start with the announcement of record-breaking country star Luke Combs set to headline Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Combs recently became the first artist in the last 60 years with five tracks in Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25, all the while achieving the largest streaming week ever for a country artist.  His new EP, The Prequel, out now via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville, is his first release following his double platinum-certified debut album, This One’s For You, which was released June 2, 2017 and has spent a total of 37 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart—the longest reign for a solo male artist in over 25 years. The album also spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in 2018—making it the highest selling country album last year with 1.1 million equivalent album units sold and the only country album to surpass 1 million album units. It’s also the most-streamed country album of 2019 so far.

Special early bird ticket pricing is available for the First Annual Heartland Stampede.  Ticket specials are:  $89 three-day GA available for the first one-thousand ticket buyers; $99 GA three-day throughout the end of this weekend, and $109 three-day GA starting Sunday, June 23, 2019.  Visit www.HeartlandStampede.com to purchase. 

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