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The Lineup for the Rockin’ River Country Music Festival

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The Lineup for the Rockin’ River Country Music Festival
The Merritt Rockin' River Country Music Festival with headliners Joe Nichols & Dallas Smith.
The Merritt Rockin' River Country Music Festival with headliners Joe Nichols & Dallas Smith.

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

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Headliners

Joe Nichols

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

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 Smith

Dallas 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.

Ticket Prices

General Admission

4 Day Pass
Single day tickets available from $59
Located right behind the Party Zone and reserved seating area
$249

Reserved Seating

4 Day Pass
Single day tickets NOT available
No outside chairs allowed. This is a no standing section
Easy access to full service bars
$289

Party Zone

4 Day Pass
Single day tickets available from $159
Standing only
No smoking allowed
No selfie sticks or lawn chairs allowed in the Party Zone
$299

Party Patio

4 Day Pass
Single day tickets NOT available
VIP Bar service
Tent coverings Open lounge seating
No smoking section
$369

Tickets Include

  • 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.

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