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iHeartRadio Country Fest comes to Austin

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – iHeartRadio Country Festival is coming to Austin in late March with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line among the performers.

The show is set for March 29 in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center. Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay also will perform with the festival hosted by Premiere Radio's Bobby Bones.

"The response to our country performers at the last three iHeartRadio Music Festivals was so incredible we decided to create an entire show just for them," says Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises President John Sykes. "It will be a country fan's dream and a testament to the power of country music and recognition of the stature of these artists."

iHeartRadio has had an annual music festival in December in Las Vegas with performers from across the musical spectrum.

"Country music is experiencing an unprecedented explosion of popularity with music fans across America, and there's no better way to celebrate that than by building on the incredible success of our annual two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival and creating the biggest dedicated multiplatform event ever featuring the biggest stars in country music," says CC National Programming Platforms President Tom Poleman. "The core of our business is the bond our local stations have with our listeners and an important part of that is to give them extraordinary events no one else can provide. With the largest reach of any country music radio group, we're thrilled to add this once-in-a-lifetime 'all things country' mega festival to iHeartRadio's exceptional lineup of can't-miss events."

A six-week promotion beginning Monday will give thousands of Clear Channel Country and iHeartRadio listeners the chance to win a trip to the event, which will be broadcast live on Clear Channel Country stations and iHeartRadio.com. Tickets go on sale Jan. 18.

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