How the Route 91 Harvest Festival Got to Vegas

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After Sunday night’s (Oct. 1) tragic mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the three-day country concert quickly became the subject of live news coverage all day on Monday.

As the world began to mourn the victims of the tragedy, the country community came together. Because anyone who follows the music knows that the artists, songwriters, fans and friends that make up the country family know that festivals like Route 91 are what often bring us closer together.

And Route 91 — in its fourth year in Las Vegas — certainly wasn’t the only one of its kind. Live Nation has continued to roll out fest after fest, adding to the country music landscape across the U.S. for the past six years.

In 2012, the Watershed Festival kicked off these special kinds of festivals at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.

In 2013, Live Nation launched the Faster Horses Festival at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

In 2014, Route 91 was launched, with Jason Aldean headlining that first year.

In 2015, Country Lake Shake was the first fest of its kind in the city of Chicago, taking place on Northerly Island overlooking Lake Michigan.

In 2015, there was the FarmBorough festival in New York’s Randall’s Island Park.

Below are scenes from the Route 91 Harvest music festival from Friday through Sunday (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) before tragedy struck.

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Jason Aldean

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Sam Hunt

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Josh Abbott Band

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Big & Rich

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Kane Brown

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Jordan Mitchell

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Muscadine Bloodline

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Bobby Bones and Natalie Stovall

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Morgan Wallen

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Brett Young

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Kelleigh Bannen

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Lee Brice

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Tucker Beathard

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Lauren Alaina

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Ashley McBryde

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Brothers Osborne

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Michael Ray

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High Valley

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Eric Church

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Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.