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One of the world’s biggest country music stars will headline Rock the Park this July, organizers of the downtown-area music festival announced on Monday.
Twelve-time Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley will perform at Harris Park July 17, along with fellow Grammy nominee Ashley McBryde, Canadian duo the Reklaws and American Breland with his hybrid country rap, R&B, and soul music act.
Tickets – $69 (plus taxes and fees) for general or $129 (plus taxes and fees) for VIP – go on sale Friday at 10 am, organizers of Start.ca Rocks The Park say.
But still unknown is whether the park will be dark and quiet or loaded with people and music on what is arguably the biggest music night of the summer in London, Saturday, July 16.
Promoter Brad Jones of Jones Entertainment Group has applied to London city council for permission to hold a fifth night, which would require easing a city bylaw on live music. The proposed line-up for July 16 is not yet known.
The request goes to council’s community and protective services committee Monday and then to city council for final approval April 12.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Dierks Bentley, especially after his sold out show at Budweiser Gardens in January was canceled due to COVID,” Jones said. “This is just such a gem, we couldn’t pass it up. Country music has such a huge fan base here. It’s going to be an amazing night of country music.”
Rock the Park’s 2022 lineup includes Alanis Morissette, Garbage, the Beaches and Crash Test Dummies July 13; an all-Canadian line-up July 14 with Glorious Sons, July Talk, Big Wreck, the Trews and Connor Gains; followed by a retro night July 15 with TLC, Nelly, Aqua, Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base, 2 Live Crew and Arrested Development.
Bentley has had 17 songs top the charts since he exploded onto the country music scene with the hit What Was I Thinking in 2003. He’s had more than a dozen other songs in the Top 10 on the charts.
Jones said he’s “confident” city council will view the request for a fifth night positively, a request that’s previously been approved in 2015 and 2017. “We’re cautiously optimistic, especially after London was designated a Music City by UNESCO last year and the fact we haven’t had any tourism in this city for more than two years.”
What: Start.ca Rocks the Park featuring headliners Alanis Morissette, The Glorious Sons, TLC and Dierks Bentley.
When: July 13, 14, 15 and 17.
Where: Harris Park.
Tickets: Prices vary. For more information or tickets visit the website rockthepark.ca or call 519-672-1967.