(MacDonald Island Park, May 10, 2018) - RRC Announces Launch of New Annual Music Festival

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 10, 2018) – The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce a new annual summer music festival will launch at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place on July 14, 2018.

The new festival titled Summer Sounds FM, will celebrate music from a variety of genres, year to year. Festival-goers can expect to see up-and-coming and charting artists in a single-day festival format. In 2018, this event will feature country artists Kip Moore, LANCO & Jess Moskaluke plus more of the line up to be announced leading up to the event.

Summer Sounds FM will be a summer concert experience that everyone can enjoy.  Designed to be a day for families and friends to come together, connect, relax and enjoy the Sounds of Summer. All ages are welcome to this event.

“We are truly excited to bring a new festival experience to Shell Place this summer,” said Kelsey Stefanizyn, Senior Manager, Sales and Events for the RRC. “Our vision was to have an incredible line up of entertainment and festival-style activities planned, and it’s all come together, making this another fantastic event in a season filled with memorable moments and experiences for residents of our community.”

Tickets for Summer Sounds FM go on sale to the public at 10:00am local time on Saturday May 12. Tickets are available in person at the Box Office located at Suncor Community Leisure Centre and online at macdonaldisland.ca/events. Ticket prices start at $89 plus applicable fees and taxes. Advance purchase parking passes will also be available for this event.

Featured Artists

Kip Moore

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently celebrated his 4th No. One single, “More Girls Like You,” taken from his recently-released and critically-acclaimed third studio album SLOWHEART. SLOWHEART is continuing to garner praise from critics across the country as Moore "blends the passion and connection for which he’s known with a new self-awareness that will speak to both commercial and underground audiences” (USA Today) as well as wrapping 2017 on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show, Taste Of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, PopMatters and Whiskey Riff. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore's sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row" by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified "Beer Money," PLATINUM certified "Hey Pretty Girl," and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck. Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore continues to make an international impression, wrapping a five-show, sold-out run across Australia to roaring crowds and fervent encores this past month. A unrelenting road warrior, Moore will continue his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH across the US and Canada beginning tonight, 5/10. For more information visit kipmoore.net.   

LANCO

In an incredible year of firsts, the “arena-rock leaning band” (Entertainment Weekly) LANCO became the first country group to debut on the Billboard Country albums charts at No. One in 10 years with their coming-of-age album, HALLELUJAH NIGHTS (Arista Nashville), which now boasts over 220 million digital streams. Additionally, this year's two-time ACM nominated group is now the only Country band to achieve a PLATINUM single prior to a debut album release, with the two week No. One “Greatest Love Story."  Following the multi-week chart-topping hit, their "foot-stomping new single" (Rolling Stone)  “Born To Love You” proves LANCO is "well on their way to being reigning hitmakers," (PopCulture). Named "the band to watch" by Bobby Bones, CMT, Entertainment Weekly, Hits Magazine, Pandora, Rolling Stone, Spotify, SIRUIS XM and more, LANCO continues “drawing in fans from across the globe" (Tucson Weekly) after touring the country’s top festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Watershed and Faster Horses. This summer they will hit the road for their first amphitheater run as special guests on Dierks Bentley’s 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit lancomusic.com

Jess Moskaluke

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of country music. Acclaimed in 2017 as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away – #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), she has achieved not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away” and recently received a GOLD award for “Kiss Me Quiet”.

A multiple 2015 and 2018 JUNO Award nominee and crowned the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is also a three-time consecutive Canadian Country Music Association recipient for “Female Artist of the Year” (the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title), a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and in the summer of 2017 was presented with five SCMA Awards including “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year”. With a growing fan base, she now has over 32 million views on YouTube to date and in 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.