Keith Urban to perform at Carolina Country Music Fest 2016

Keith Urban to perform at Carolina Country Music Fest 2016
(Source: Keith Urban Facebook)
(Source: Keith Urban Facebook)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's official: country music superstar Keith Urban will be performing at the Carolina Country Music festival taking place June 10-12 in 2016. In August, The CCMF announced Tim McGraw would headline for the festival.

The City of Myrtle Beach said Keith Urban is the next headlining artist to take the stage during the second annual country music extravaganza.

Urban's seventh album "FUSE" was released in 2013, which is his fourth No. 1, marking the first time a male country music artist has debuted at the top of the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Concert organizers said if you buy tickets now, you could win a meet and greet with Tim McGraw. Click here for details.

"Carolina Country Music Fest is excited to present Tim McGraw on the shores of Myrtle Beach," Bob Durkin, president of Full House Productions, said in a press release. "He is a country music icon, and this is only the beginning of a lineup we are confident will make CCMF and Myrtle Beach the summer destination of choice for country music fans across the country."

The festival also announced Keith Urban will join the 2016 lineup.

Durkin said he works with companies in Nashville when booking artists to figure out who is available and also the best fit for the market.

Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach, said the city is excited about a big name coming to the area.

"It's hard to beat the publicity that you'd get from a major event of this kind having national events come to town," Kruea said. "Certainly it's a big boost for tourism."

Kruea said CCMF had an estimated economic effect of $5.3 million in direct visitor spending.

"We had approximately 20,000 people in town just for a four- day country music festival, so there absolutely was an economic impact from that," he said. "Many of the people were from out of town. They stayed in the hotels. They shopped locally. They ate locally."

Durkin said he hopes to attract 5,000 to 10,000 more people for next year's festival. He said people were buying tickets even before Tim McGraw was announced as a headliner due to their positive experience this year.

Full House Productions has not yet submitted the application for a special events permit for the festival, Kruea said. Durkin said he expects to do that in the next month.

Durkin said he will meet with city leaders to work on making site plan to accommodate more people.

There are also some changes the city would like to see next year.

"Trash pick up, that sort of thing for the site itself, entrances and exits for the site, a way to involve the downtown business community a little bit more and just an overall look at the site plan and the parking plan," Kruea said.

Early-bird tickets are on sale for $139.

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