Will there be a Boots & Hearts 2015?
Judging by recent Google search results a bunch of people are asking this question.
The quick answer is… I don’t know.
But, there are some things we can look at that can help us to find a more certain answer to the question.
Save the Date: Before Blake Shelton took the stage on Sunday night at Boots & Hearts 2014 we were all told to save the dates of August 6-9, 2015 for the 4th annual Boots & Hearts Music Festival.
The B&H website still has the Save the Date box on the homepage, and while clicking on it does absolutely nothing, they haven’t taken it down or tried to backtrack on their original announcement.
Ticket Sales: In 2013 early bird tickets were released at the festival for 2014… This year we didn’t see that option. Currently a click on the Buy Tickets link on the B&H website quickly redirects to the homepage again which makes me think that there are still details to work out on pricing, packages and maybe even venue.
Social Media: The Boots & Hearts social media team has continued to be active with posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on a regular basis.
As a professional social media guy I can pretty safely say that if there wasn’t a strong plan to hold another festival in 2015, there wouldn’t be an ongoing investment in building and connecting with an online brand community.
Also, keep an eye on those social media platforms and pages for information – Boots & Hearts has always done a good job of keeping us updated with posts.
Website: The Boots & Hearts website continues to be updated with new content about alumni artists and country music in general.
As mentioned above, the Buy Tickets link goes nowhere, and the Win Tickets box just links to the Facebook page – and while those are oversights that should be corrected with landing pages that give some information or option for an email update or something – I don’t think it’s an indication that the festival is shutting down.
Venue: A look at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park website and the B&H website shows a lack of confirmation that the festival will return to the racetrack. However, the Facebook cover photo does include Bowmanville, ON with the August 6-9, 2015 date…
Is there a chance that 2015’s Boots & Heart Music Festival moves to a new venue? Yes. But other than the sports fields at Waverly Road and the 401, I can’t think of another option in the area. And being in town is not going to be a good option for the noise that the festival generates.
Artist Interest: I’ve talked to Tim Hicks and Tebey about Boots & Hearts 2015 and both said they would love to be there.
I know that Trinity Bradshaw is pumped to be coming back after winning the SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase.
And with the long list of artists that have played B&H in the past, and the long wish list of artists that I have – and that are plausible – I can’t think that a lack of artists to put on the bill would be a problem for Republic Live in 2015.
In the end I think I’ve talked myself into a strong Yes answer to the question.
Now I’ll wait for more information, and when it comes I promise to pass it along here, on Twitter and on Facebook.
If you have any predictions for Boots & Hearts 2015 (artists, location, changes, surprises) leave a comment and we can all make predictions together.
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