MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris are the latest artists announced for the next Carolina Country Music Fest. They will join artists including Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban at the three-day festival, coming to Myrtle Beach in June.
Ballerini was named one of CMT's Next Women of Country in 2014, and her debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It" reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay.
Morris is an up-and-coming young country artist whose self-titled EP has earned over 6 million streams in less than two months, according to CCMF organizers. She was also recently inducted into CMT’s 2016 Next Women to Watch class.
“Carolina Country Music Fest is proud to add two of country music’s hottest, up-and-coming female artists to our lineup,” said Bob Durkin, President of FHP. “Each is guaranteed to light up the CCMF stage, which is only more of a reason fans are getting pumped up for what is shaping up to be an unbelievable country music fest,” continued Durkin.
CCMF organizers announced Ballerini and Morris in the line-up at about 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, January 12 on social media. Organizers also announced that ticket prices would go up on January 19. A three-day general admission pass currently costs $159.00, not including a $9.74 fee and $7.50 for shipping.
Cole Swindell was the last artist announced back in November, and was among the dozens of artists who played at the first Carolina Country Music Fest in June 2015.
"Florida Georgia Line, along with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban should really put us over the top as far as having the best talent a country music fest has in the country,” President of Full House Productions Bob Durkin said earlier this month, when Florida Georgia Line was announced as a headlining artist.
Other artists announced so far include Jake Owen, A Thousand Horses and Michael Ray. There are several more national artists to be announced, as well as local acts, according Durkin.
Organizers don't just expect more music, but more people.
"I think we have room to grow to 30-35 thousand people, possibly 40,” Durkin said.
Thousands of tickets, have already been sold, this year, with about seven more months until the concert.
The CCMF is returning to Myrtle Beach June 10 to 12, 2016. It will start with kickoff party June 9th, the Thursday night leading into the weekend.