Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan will headline the fifth annual Faster Horses festival, July 21-23 at Michigan International Speedway, organizers announced Tuesday morning.

All three superstars have headlined the three-day country music festival before. Lambert brought her little red wagon to Faster Horses in 2015, while Bentley and Bryan performed during the inaugural fest in 2013.

“I wanted to bring Dierks back; he was the first headliner we ever had,” says Brian O’Connell, Faster Horses’ director and the president of Live Nation’s country music touring division. O’Connell, in fact, Face-Timed Bentley from the stage at last year’s festival, confirming the booking for this year.

Also on this year’s bill are Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, High Valley, Craig Campbell, Maddie & Tae, Jon Pardi, Randy Rogers Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dan and Shay, Lauren Alaina, Michael Ray, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, and Old Dominion.

Tickets for the festival, $199, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 27. VIP packages are available for $349 and $599, and campground reservations begin Feb. 6. Pre-sale tickets for Faster Horses alumni go on sale Feb. 21.

The overnight camping fest, referred to by organizers as a three-day hillbilly sleepover, spreads festivalgoers across nine campgrounds, including the infield at MIS. That campground experience “is as much a part of the festival as everything we do inside the gates,” says O’Connell.

In addition to two stages of music — emerging artists on the “Next from Nashville” stage will be announced at a later date — the fest includes a marketplace for Michigan-made products, a Ferris wheel, games, activities and more.

A pancake breakfast will be added this year, as well as a silent disco and a car and truck show. The Budweiser Clydesdales will return for a second-consecutive year, as will Faster Humans, a one-lap run around the MIS track sponsored by organizers that will take place during the morning of July 22.

“We’re continually trying to improve the experience and add more things to do,” O’Connell says.

Bentley will perform on the fest’s first night, Lambert will close out Saturday and Bryan — who for each of the last two years has closed out his annual touring with concerts at Ford Field — will finish off the festival on July 23.

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