Brett Kissel closing out night #2 of Sunfest Country Music Festival (Rob Porter/RMS Media)

Sunfest 2017 just ended, but the hype for next year has already begun! Vancouver Island’s biggest country music festival announced their 2018 headliner.

Three-time Country Music Association and six-time Academy of Country Music Award winner Eric Church will be coming to the Laketown Ranch next year!

Sunfest Country Music Festival will run from August 2nd – 5th, 2018 at its permanent home, Laketown Ranch. Tickets are on sale for 2017 ticket holders now until August 13th. Public on-sale starts on August 21st, 2017 at 9:00am. Tickets start at only $249 for the weekend. For more information and tickets, go to

Sunfest 2017 Brought The Party

Image: Crowd shot at Sunfest Country Music Festival (Rob Porter of RMS Media)

Over the past long weekend, more than 50,000 guests attended Sunfest, with an average of 10,000 people watching the Main stage show each night. The campgrounds were almost sold out, with just under 50 campsites left on Friday morning.

“We are pleasantly surprised to see that Sunfest grew again this year. It’s great to know that after 17 years we are still attracting new guests while keeping our long-time fans happy”, said Greg Adams, owner of Wideglide Entertainment and Laketown Ranch.

The highlights of the weekend included a proposal and line dance performance on stage during Washboard Union’s set; Tim Hick’s hard hitting country-rock set; Toby Keith singing along to Red Solo Cup with 15,000 fans; Madeline Merlo’s stellar vocals and engagement with the crowd; and Little Big Town’s visually and vocally stunning performance that closed off the weekend on Sunday.

“We had some really diverse acts this year who each brought a different flavour and energy to the stage. There were some classic country songs, rock and roll covers and even a bit of hip hop”, said Adams.

Photo highlights from Sunfest 2017 by Rob Porter/RMS Media:

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