By Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band are slated to perform at the fourth annual Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge’s Tiger Stadium, May 25-26, 2013, producers announced Tuesday morning. The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Rodney Adkins, Thompson Square, Love and Theft and Frankie Ballard are also on the bill. Tickets go on sale Dec. 6.
The 2013 edition of the Bayou Country Superfest, or BCS, essentially follows the blueprint of the first three, with mass-appeal headliners coupled with a handful of up-and-comers. Both the Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan appeared at the 2011 BCS, but have now moved further up the bill.
The Bayou Country Superfest is produced by a subsidiary of Quint Davis’s Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans in association with AEG Live and the Messina Group. FPI-NO and AEG also co-produce the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
Attendance for the first BCS in 2010 totaled around 80,000 over two nights. In 2011 and 2012, it held steady at approximately 75,000. Ideally, producers would like to see the BCS grow into a destination event, where fans are so enamored of the festival itself that the talent roster does not necessarily drive ticket sales
The 2012 BCS featured Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean.
The 2011 BCS boasted Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band.
The inaugural BCS in 2010 was headlined by Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn.
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, making their BCS debuts next year, performed at the Lakefront Arena in March 2012. New Orleans songwriter Jim McCormick has co-written several songs by Bryan, including "We Rode in Trucks," "Cold Beer Drinker" and "Sorority Girl."
A floor and chairs are installed over the Tiger Stadium turf for the BCS. All tickets are reserved seats except for the standing room only "golden horseshoe" premium tickets for the area around the stage runway.
Two-day ticket packages go on sale Dec. 6 through Ticketmaster. Single-day tickets will be available in the coming weeks.