Merritt's annual country riverside shindig is back in August with four days of country music. Every summer thousands of country fans come together for an epic weekend of music, friends, games and lounging in the river.
The festival, conceived and built from the ground up by award-winning BC country music artist and Hall of Fame member Kenny Hess has built a reputation as being the perfect place to spend a BC Day long weekend – for music lovers, thrill seekers, families, young people, retirees, campers, RV enthusiasts, sports and outdoor fans, and those who simply appreciate the vast selection and scope of BC’s natural beauty.
The festival is located in the heart of BC, at the intersection of five major roadways that tie the entire province together, and within 2 hours of Kamloops Airport and Kelowna International Airport. Last year the festival welcomed over 29,000 country music fans to Merritt and generated $3M in economic activity for the community.
The 2018 Music Lineup
Click on the artist's names for their recent videos.
|Joe Nichols||Eric Church||Brett Eldredge||Dallas Smith|
|Kenny Hess||Luke Combs||Midland||Dustin Lynch|
|Jaydee Bixbee||Meghan Patrick||James Barker Band||Chris Janson|
|Jesse Allen Harris||George Canyon||Chris Buck Band||Leaving Thomas|
|DJ Merle Swagger’d||The Abrams||Nice Horse||Blake Reid Band|
|Britches and Boots||Karen Lee Batten||Danielle Marie|
|Brandon Dame||Rollin’ Trainwreck||Jackson Hollow|
|The Donny Grubb Band|
American country music singer Joe Nichols' discography consists of eighteen singles and ten studio albums. His 2002 single "The Impossible" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The release of his platinum-certified second album, Man with a Memory followed. His other hits since include "What's a Guy Gotta Do", the number one singles "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off", "Gimmie That Girl", "Sunny and 75" and "Yeah".
Eric Church is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Nashville since 2005, he has released a total of five studio albums with hits "Love Your Love the Most", "Hell on the Heart", "Drink in My Hand", "Springsteen", "Homeboy", "Creepin'", and "Like Jesus Does". In 2015 he collaborated with Keith Urban to produce the hit single "Raise 'Em Up".
Dallas SmithDallas Smith is a Canadian rock and country singer-songwriter who began his career as lead vocalist for alternative rock band Default. His record Jumped Right In was nominated as Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards. In 2014, Dallas Smith entered a Nashville recording studio to produce his second full-length studio album, Lifted with singles "Wastin' Gas", "Lifted" and "Cheap Seats" making the country charts.
General Admission4 Day Pass
Single day tickets available from $59
Located right behind the Party Zone and reserved seating area
Reserved Seating4 Day Pass
Single day tickets NOT available
No outside chairs allowed. This is a no standing section
Easy access to full service bars
Party Zone4 Day Pass
Single day tickets available from $159
No smoking allowed
No selfie sticks or lawn chairs allowed in the Party Zone
Party Patio4 Day Pass
Single day tickets NOT available
VIP Bar service
Tent coverings Open lounge seating
No smoking section
Want to be the artist these fans ⬆️ are screaming for? If you’re an emerging talent from BC or the rest of Canada it could be you! Just submit your EPK to Becca(@)RockinRiver(.)com by NEXT MONDAY for a chance to be included in the #RockinRiver2018 line-up. 🎤🎸 Please note that spots are limited and only a few artists will be shortlisted for this years festival.
- 4 days of music with over 50 performances on 3 stages
- Access to the camp grounds – spend your days in the Coldwater River
- Nightly after hours party with a live DJ
- Local specialty food and retail vendors
- Festival beverage license which allows you to wander through the festival site with your cold Bud
- Water refill stations and cell phone charging station
- An unforgettable experience in BC’s most beautiful cowboy country
- All ages welcome. Parents of young children should use discretion if purchasing tickets in the Party Zone. It fills up quick at night.
- The reserved seating and party zone sections have separate port-a-potties from the GA section.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26th.