Keith Urban at Calgary’s Country Thunder Festival (Photo: @sam_hope_photography)
Country Thunder Alberta 2023 was a huge success this year, the line ups for all three days on the main stage were absolutely incredible. Even when there was no artist on stage, they had music playing through the speakers to keep the crowd entertained and there was non-stop cheering and dancing especially when they played “Sweet Caroline”.
The kick off of day one of Country Thunder was a little cloudy and rainy but we were lucky enough that we didn’t get rain during the shows. As for the two following days, the weather wasn’t too hot or too cold, perfect to spend a nice summer day outside to listen to some great country music.
The highlight of the festival was how much the artists interacted with the crowd and kept the energy going throughout all three days. My personal favourites were Jon Pardi and his band members when they were jamming out at the front of the catwalk. Tim McGraw was another huge highlight of this year’s Country Thunder.
The crowd seemed to love how he would walk up and down the catwalk and shake the hands of his fans and say hello as well as point them out when he was performing. It was great to see someone like Keith Urban take time at the end of his show to interact with the fans and sign some hats. He actually took the time to help a fan with a marriage proposal, now that’s something you don’t witness everyday… and last but not least Bailey Zimmerman, he made the crowd go absolutely wild, especially when he ran off stage and into the crowd, they all lost their minds!!
Overall, this year’s Country Thunder was a fantastic experience, very much worth it and definitely worth going back next year.
All photos by @sam_hope_photography