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The annual Rock the South music festival will take place in Cullman this weekend.

Rock the South has been held since 2012 when it was created as a celebration of the Cullman area’s recovery from the EF4 tornado that tarnished the region in 2011. From then on, the event has been home to popular country music stars such as Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bently, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett and Eric Church.

Rock the South is located at York Farms at 1872 County Road 469.

The festival contributes to local charities such as The Link, Alabama Forever, Brook’s Place, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Curt’s Closet and others.

This year, Rock the South welcomes Morgan Wallen, Alabama, Jamey Johnson, Koe Wetzel and more to the stage.

Lineup

Live music begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. each day.

Festival parking will open at noon on Friday, August 5, and gates will open at 2 p.m. An unnamed opener will perform at 3:30 and will be followed by Pecos & the Rooftops at 4:30. At 5:40, Kolby Cooper will perform, followed by Jimmie Allen at 7:00 and Jamey Johnson at 8:20. 

Fort Payne-native Southern rock band Alabama will close off the first night at 10:00.

Parking will open at noon also on Saturday, and the gates will open at 2 p.m. Anne Wilson will perform at 3:30, Matt Stell will perform at 4:30 and Colt Ford will play at 5:35. Koe Wetzel will take the stage at 6:55 and will be followed by Hardy at 8:20. 

Morgan Wallen will finish out the festival at 10:00 p.m.

Camping

This year, Rock the South offers RV parking for campers who want to stay the night. Campers can purchase RV parking tickets online. This includes access to showers and bathrooms, a dump station, fresh water and one car parking pass. 

RV check-in is Thursday at 4 p.m. RVs must depart Sunday at noon.

According to the Rock the South website, RV spots will be assigned upon arrival. Campers can’t request locations. 

Each RV will be allotted 12 RV wristbands, which must be worn at all times. These are required to access the RV camping area.

Festival tickets must be purchased separately, and no pets are allowed.

There is also an option for tent camping at a lower price. Tent campers will be assigned a smaller spot but will only receive six wristbands.

Logistics

All concertgoers will be searched upon entering the festival. They will also have to walk through metal detectors to assure safety. No food, beverages or weapons of any kind are allowed.

Food and alcohol are available for purchase on the property. All vendors will take both cash and credit, and there are ATMs located throughout the festival grounds. 

Rock the South prohibits tents or umbrellas which would obstruct the view of other concertgoers. However, they encourage ponchos and rain jackets in the case of wet weather. 

Concertgoers can bring a chair and blanket into the general admission area. Seating is only provided in the Front Porch sections.

Discounted advance Rock the South tickets are still for sale until Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets can be bought at the gate on Friday for $150. All VIP and Front Porch tickets are currently sold out.

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