Route 91 Harvest festival

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Route 91 Harvest
Route 91 Harvest Logo.png
GenreCountry music
DatesFriday–Sunday
(September–October)[1]
Location(s)Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Years active2014–2017[2]
Founded byLive Nation Entertainment
MGM Resorts International
Attendance22,000 (2017)[3][4]
Websitert91harvest.com
Main stage and artificial grass spectator area of Route 91 in September 2017, partially obscured by Luxor hotel block. Photograph taken from a helicopter during final preparations for the 2017 event.

Route 91 Harvest festival was a country music festival in the United States that was held annually in Paradise, Nevada from 2014 to 2017 in the Las Vegas Village, a 15-acre (6.1 ha) lot on Las Vegas Boulevard, formerly (former U.S. Route 91), directly across from the Luxor Las Vegas hotel and casino and diagonally across from the Mandalay Bay resort and casino.[2] The festival's promoters are Live Nation Entertainment and MGM Resorts International.[5] No festival has been held since 2017 and as of now, no announcement has been made about a future event date.

History[edit]

The following country music artists were the major acts in the respective years:[6]

2017 shooting[edit]

The festival was the scene of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting in which 59 people, including the perpetrator, were killed on October 1. A 60th person died from her injuries on November 18, 2019. This is the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.[7] The shooting began as singer Jason Aldean finished his sixth song on the final day of the festival and ended with gunman Stephen Paddock's suicide.

More than 1,000 shots were fired into the crowd as the shooting continued over 15 minutes. More than 800 people were injured in the attack [8]. The shooter used a rifle adjunct referred to as a "bump-stock" that allowed his weapons to function almost as if they were automatic machine guns. At the time, the event was attended by approximately 22,000 people.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

Following the mass shooting, organizer Live Nation decided not to hold the 2018 Festival.[10] In December 2018, it was announced that the Festival might return in 2019, with it being held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.[11] However this event did not come to fruition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Live Nation Entertainment (2017). "Route 91 Harvest". Live Nation Entertainment. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Crosby, Rachel; Brean, Henry; Hassan, Anita; Munks, Jamie & Bekker, Jessie (October 2, 2017). "'It was a horror show': Mass shooting leaves at least 58 dead, 515 wounded on Las Vegas Strip". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (October 2, 2017). "What Is the Route 91 Harvest Festival?". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Rothman, Michael (October 2, 2017). "What to know about the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival". ABC News. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Fadroski, Kelli (October 2, 2017). "Concert promoter Live Nation responds to the deadly shooting at its Route 91 Harvest festival". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Billboard. "Route 91 Harvest Festival: A Brief History of the Fest Targeted in Las Vegas Shooting". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ Housley, Adam; La Jeunesse, William; Gibson, Jake; Herridge, Catherine; Arroyo, Mike; Singman, Brooke; Fedschun, Travis (October 2, 2017). "Las Vegas shooting: At least 58 dead in massacre Trump calls 'act of pure evil'". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Lake, C. "A Day Like No Other: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting" – via Nevada Hospital Association. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Suspect in Las Vegas shooting identified as Stephen Paddock". NBC News. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Mins, Taylor (2018-12-10). "Route 91 Organizers Talk About Bringing Festival Back in 2019 During Promoter Panel on Artist Curated Events at XLIVE". Amplify. Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  11. ^ Katsilometes, John (2018-12-13). "Route 91 Harvest festival plans return to Las Vegas Strip". Las Vegas Review-Journal. News + Media Capital Group LLC. Retrieved 2019-03-09.