WE Fest 2012 isn’t just another edition of the annual music festival at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Next year’s event planned for Aug. 2-4 marks the festival’s 30th anniversary, a truly special event demanding an equally special headliner. Not only did Alabama perform at the very first WE Fest, but the band also appeared on the festival’s 10th and 20th anniversaries. All in all, Alabama has been on five WE Fest lineups.
“Naturally Alabama was our first choice to headline our 30th anniversary show,” WE Fest organizer Bob Bliss said in a statement. “From the first WE Fest to our 30th anniversary, Alabama has always represented the best of WE Fest … great songs, great entertainers, and playing at America’s biggest country music and camping festival, WE Fest! This is definitely one celebration you don’t want to miss!”
It’s also one event that brings hope to Alabama fans that their favorite band hasn’t yet retired for good. Absent from touring since 2004, the band recently reunited the CMT Disaster Relief concert in Nashville in May and for the June “Bama Rising” benefit in Birmingham, Ala. Hopefully, today’s WE Fest announcement is a harbinger of more good things to come.
Early bird tickets for Alabama and WE Fest No. 30 are on sale now. You can also purchase tickets for this year’s WE Fest scheduled for Aug. 4-6 and featuring Brad Paisley, Sugarland and Rascal Flatts plus Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, and Darius Rucker. Just click here for more information.