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5 Things You Need to Know About This Weekend's Country Fest at Gillette Stadium

Foxborough is expected to see over 100,000 country fans at Gillette Stadium this weekend as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw wrap up their 2012 “Brothers of the Sun” Tour. Concerts will be held Friday and Saturday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: This article was written for the 2012 edition of Country Fest. To see what you need to know about the 2013 New England Country Festival, click here.

The New England Country Music Festival at has become an annual event in Foxborough since its inception in 2004.

The show, referred to by many concertgoers as “Country Fest,” features some of the industry’s biggest stars on one stage and this weekend will be no different as Kenny Chesney returns to Foxborough for the seventh time as the festival’s headliner and he’s bringing some all-star friends with him.

Jake Owen, Grace Potter and Tim McGraw will join Chesney on stage this weekend (Friday and Saturday) for the ninth annual Country Musical Festival in front of sellout crowds of 50,000 to 55,000 people each night.

“It’s the largest country music event in New England each year, and country music continues to gain in popularity,” said Gillette Stadium spokesperson Jeff Cournoyer.

The festival enjoyed initial success in 2004 and 2005 before exploding in 2006. In that year, the Gillette Stadium concert became the top-grossing country music show in history and "Country Fest" was born.

The ticket demand over the years has increased steadily as country music continues to gain popularity throughout New England. As a result of the overwhelming interest, Gillette Stadium has added a second day to the festival. Each show is similar – featuring the same artists – and is meant to give more fans an opportunity to experience the festival.

In advance of the two-day festival, here are five things you need to know about Country Fest weekend in Foxborough:

1. Parking Ban in Residential Areas will be Enforced and Other Parking and Event Entry Information

Stadium parking lots are scheduled to open to general parking at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Foxborough Police and Gillette Stadium personnel ask fans not to arrive prior to lots opening at 1:30 p.m.

Other important information for those attending Friday or Saturday’s event:

  • All passengers in vehicles must have a ticket for entry into Gillette Stadium parking lots
  • Transportation of alcohol between parking lots will not be allowed
  • No tailgating will be allowed after 5:30 p.m.

While some concertgoers may view security at this weekend’s event as strict – Cournoyer says Gillette Stadium personnel works closely with local and state police to ensure safety at all stadium events, especially ones that produce record crowds.

“As with any major event, we've worked closely with [Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary], his team and the Massachusetts State Police to continue to improve traffic management, as well as to identify and address any public safety issues,” he said. “We make tweaks each year to try to improve on previous events. It has been a successful partnership.”

Foxborough residents are reminded that the town’s parking bylaw that bans parking for a fee on residential properties during Gillette Stadium events will be in effect Friday and Saturday. If residents are caught parking cars on their property for money, they will be subject to a $100 fine for each car in violation on that property. For more on the parking bylaw,

As for general parking, the following rates apply:

  • $40 for cars
  • $125 Limos
  • $125 RV's and oversized vans/cars
  • $200 busses

Note that Gillette Stadium Lots are cash only. For more parking information, click here.

2. Sellout Crowds Mean Traffic Delays in Area

Two sellout crowds of 50,000 to 55,000 fans are expected in Foxborough on Friday and Saturday to see Kenny Chesney’s “Brothers of the Suns” Tour. Officials advise those travelling through the area to plan ahead and expect traffic delays similar to New England Patriots games, especially Friday night, where concert traffic will be added to the evening commute.

Click here to keep an eye on concrt traffic with Patch’s live traffic feature.

3. The Dos and Don’ts at Gillette Stadium During Concerts

Note the following will not be allowed in Gillette Stadium Parking Lots:

  • Any vehicle towing a trailer (this includes fifth-wheel RV units).
  • Professional catering trucks and or services without prior written approval from Stadium Management.
  • Excessive tailgate setups that impede on customers parked around your vehicles, emergency access or deemed to be unsafe or inappropriate by Stadium Management.
  • Any type of swimming pool, portable pool, hot tubs, water filled pickup trucks, or the like.
  • Branded vehicles that Stadium Management determines to be advertizing to the general public.

For a list of prohibited and acceptable items at Gillette Stadium, click here.

4. Did You Know …

  • While Chesney has made the New England Country Music Festival the largest concert series in New England, he did not headline the first Country Fest in 2004. Do you know the artist who did? Here’s a hint … his bar and grill is located in . That’s right, country fans … Toby Keith headlined the 2004 Country Music Festival.
  • This year will mark Chesney’s seventh Country Fest, which included consecutive appearances from 2005-2009. In 2010, while Chesney took a break from touring, Brad Paisley headlined the event. Chesney returned for two performances last August at Gillette Stadium, even with Tropical Storm Irene on the verge of hitting the region.
  • Gillette Stadium is often Chesney’s last stop on his summer tours because it is one of his favorite venues.

When in New England, Chesney often embraces the culture of the crowd. In past performances at Gillette Stadium, he has invited Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots players on stage with him during his shows and features a slideshow of photos and video of Boston and the surrounding area during the performance of his song, “Back Where I Come From.”

5. Lineup of Artists and Possible Set Lists for Performers

Country artist Jake Owen and his hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” will open the ninth annual New England Country Music Festival; taking the Gillette Stadium stage at 4:30 p.m. The rest of the musical lineup is as follows:

  • Potter and the Nocturnals
  • McGraw (on stage around 6 p.m.)
  • Chesney

To give fans attending Country Fest this weekend an idea of what they may hear, we’ve done some research to see what songs these artists have been performing on “The Brothers of the Sun” Tour. Here’s a look at the set lists from the tour’s last three shows. Information courtesy of www.setlist.fm.

Tim McGraw at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 11)

  • Felt Good on My Lips
  • For a Little While
  • Down on the Farm
  • Real Good Man
  • Last Dollar
  • Unbroken
  • Everywhere
  • Where the Green Grass Grows
  • Mexicoma
  • All I Want is a Life
  • Just to See You Smile
  • Better Than I Used to Be
  • Let it Go
  • How Bad Do You Want It
  • Back When
  • Something Like That
  • Southern Voice
  • Live Like You Were Dying

Encore:

  • The Cowboy In Me
  • I Like it, I Love it
  • Truck Yeah

Kenny Chesney at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 11)

  • Beer in Mexico
  • Keg in the Closet
  • Summertime
  • Reality
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  • How Forever Feels
  • I Go Back
  • Come Over
  • Anything But Mine
  • Back Where I Come From
  • Living in Fast Forward
  • Young
  • Somewhere With You
  • Never Wanted Nothing More
  • You and Tequila (with Grace Potter)
  • Out Last Night
  • When the Sun Goes Down
  • Don’t Happen Twice
  • The Boys of Fall

Encore:

  • Feel Like a Rockstar (with Tim McGraw)
  • She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy (with Tim McGraw)
  • Indian Outlaw (with Tim McGraw)
  • Running on Empty (with Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and Jake Owen)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (Aug. 12)

  • Nothing But the Water
  • Medicine
  • Paris (Ooh La La)
  • Stars
  • Tush
  • The Lion The Beast The Beat

Tim McGraw at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (Aug. 12)

  • Felt Good on My Lips
  • For A Little While
  • Down on the Farm
  • Real Good Man
  • Last Dollar
  • Unbroken
  • Everywhere
  • Where the Green Grass Grows
  • Mexicoma
  • All I Want is a Life
  • Just to See You Smile
  • Better Than I Used to Be
  • Let it Go
  • How Bad Do You Want It
  • Back When
  • Something Like That
  • Southern Voice
  • Live Like You Were Dying

Encore:

  • The Cowboy In Me
  • I Like It, I Love It
  • Truck Yeah

Kenny Chesney at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (Aug. 12)

  • Beer in Mexico
  • Keg in the Closet
  • Summertime
  • Reality
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  • How Forever Feels
  • I Go Back
  • Come Over
  • Anything But Mine
  • Back Where I Come From
  • Living in Fast Forward
  • Young
  • Somewhere With You
  • Never Wanted Nothing More
  • You and Tequila
  • Out Last Night
  • When the Sun Goes Down
  • Don’t Happen Twice
  • The Boys of Fall

Encore:

  • Feel Like a Rockstar
  • She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
  • Indian Outlaw
  • Running on Empty

Grace Potter at Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (Aug. 18)

  • Nothing But the Water
  • Sweet Hands
  • Stop the Bus
  • Stars
  • Runaway
  • Tush
  • Paris (Ooh La La)

Tim McGraw at Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (Aug. 18)

  • Felt Good on My Lips
  • For a Little While
  • Down on the Farm
  • Real Good Man
  • Last Dollar
  • Unbroken
  • Everywhere
  • Where the Green Grass Grows
  • Mexicoma
  • All I Want is a Life
  • Just to See You Smile
  • Better Than I Used to Be
  • Let It Go
  • How Bad Do You Want It
  • Back When
  • Something Like That
  • Southern Voice
  • Live Like You Were Dying

Encore:

  • The Cowboy in Me
  • I Like it, I Love It
  • Truck Yeah

Kenny Chesney at Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (Aug. 18)

  • Beer in Mexico
  • Summertime
  • Reality
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  • How Forever Feels
  • I Go Back
  • Come Over
  • Anything But Mine
  • Back Where I Come From
  • Living in Fast Forward
  • Young
  • Somewhere With You
  • Never Wanted Nothing More
  • You and Tequila
  • Out Last Night
  • When the Sun Goes Down
  • Don’t Happen Twice
  • The Boys of Fall

Encore:

  • Feels Like a Rockstar (with Tim McGraw)
  • She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy (With Tim McGraw)
  • Indian Outlaw
  • Running on Empty

Note: Jake Owen set lists were not available on setlist.fm.

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