The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2014 is on the way Friday, August 29, through Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach. This year’s edition of the popular event that debuted last year once again brings a great collection of country and country-ish artists to the area.
Read more for the lowdown on this hootenanny.
Friday’s lineup includes Carrie Underwood, Randy Houser, Love and Theft, John Michael Montgomery, Jon Pardi, Andrew Salgado.
Saturday features Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Lonestar, Laura Bell Bundy, Casey James, Trick Pony.
Sunday will be Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, Neal McCoy, Blackjack Billy, Kirstie Lovelady.
There are different levels of tickets available depending on how close to the performers you want to be and how much you are willing to shell out. Right now those prices range from $161.37 per 3-day ticket for “general admission” (meaning “not close”) to $1113.62 for a seat literally on the side of the stage. There are no single day tickets being sold.
All tickets (except for the Preferred Lodging tickets) can be purchased directly from the Gulf Coast Jam website http://www.gulfcoastjam.com/tickets/pricing/ Be prepared for suggestions you go ahead an add a festival tee shirt or tank top to your cart when you are buying tickets.
The packages are as follows:
3-Day General Admission tickets are $139 plus $22.37 tax and whatever so a total of $161.37 per ticket as of this posting (July 21). General Admission tickets will grant you access to the daytime stages at M.B. Miller County Pier, the main headline stage at Frank Brown Park, any late night events, and free shuttle access for all three days of the festival. Children 6 and under are free.
3-Day VIP Pit tickets are currently $359.00 plus $45.97 fees ($404.97 total) and will grant you access to any of the daytime stages, the area directly in front of the main headline stage at Frank Brown Park (just behind the Side Stage Viewing crossover lane), any late night events, front of line free shuttle access, and front of line access to the event grounds for all three days of the festival.
3-Day Side Stage Viewing VIP tickets are $999 plus $114.62 in fees ($1113.62 total) will grant you access to the double-decker stage additions to the very left and right of the headline stage at Frank Brown Park, and any of the General Admission and VIP Pit areas.
Military and veteran tickets are $99 for the weekend, but apparently there is a limited number of them so you may want to check on that. Military must present their Military ID upon entry and may bring family members as long as they enter at the same time and have identification as well.
Preferred Lodging tickets are valued at $299 and only available through purchasing a lodging package from one of the participating lodging partners. You can choose the condo/hotel of your choice and purchase your lodging package with tickets included directly from the accommodations partner, based on availability. Packages include a condo/hotel and Preferred Lodging tickets. Preferred Lodging tickets will grant you access to a special viewing area at the main headline stage at Frank Brown Park between General Admission and the VIP Pit, as well as all General Admission ticket benefits. Go to Gulf Coast Jam’s accommodations web page to get the latest on which lodging partners are sold out and which are available. http://www.gulfcoastjam.com/tickets/accommodations/
There are two stages for the event, but they do not run simultaneously. One stage, the Daytime Beach Stage is located at the M.B. Miller County Pier where performances will begin at 10am and end around 2:00pm. You can then take one of the free shuttles to the Main Stage where gates open at 3:00pm. The Main Headline Stage is located at Frank Brown Park. Performances at the Main Stage begin at 4:30pm and end around midnight each night.
Frank Brown Park is about a mile west of Pier Park and your map app should get you there if you punch in 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, but be sure to check the parking arrangements when you get there. As is typically the case with events like this parking and getting to the stage is the least fun part of it. According to the website the parking can be paid or free.
PAID PARKING: Gate 1- General Admission/VIP Pit PREMIUM Parking ($20/day or $50 for all three days – available for purchase at parking lot) and Staff Parking (FREE).
FREE PARKING: Pier Park Mall Parking Lot – FREE (Shuttle to Headline Stage only)
Go to http://www.gulfcoastjam.com/ if you need more info than is listed here.