Hey, y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying the Labor Day weekend! This weekend my hubby and I attended the 5th annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, FL. If you love country music, put this event on your bucket list. Not only is the Gulf Coast Jam located next to the gorgeous beaches of Panama City Beach, but it hosts some of the biggest names in country music. The Jam is 3 days long starting on Friday and ending Sunday night.
If you are as obsessed with country music as I am, keep reading for all the details about the Jam and all the best tips and tricks you need to know. Tickets for the 2018 Gulf Coast Jam are already on sale. Although the lineup has not been announced yet, the 2017 concert was AMAZING!
Before I get into all the awesome singers that showed up, let me start by talking about the tickets. Since my hubby is military, we purchased the military tickets. However, you can purchase regular 3 day tickets. The Jam does not sell single day tickets, but they were advertising 2 day tickets this year if you can’t make it to all 3 days. You can also purchase VIP tickets which are standing tickets by the stage. There are several options with the VIP tickets, but they can get really pricey. With the general admission tickets, you can bring lawn chairs and set them up anywhere on the lawn behind the VIP section. The gates open at 2PM every day with music starting at 2:30PM. You can purchase early admission tickets so you’re able to get your spot starting at 1:30PM. However, I would only advise this if you have the VIP tickets and are dying to be as close to your favorite artist as possible. If you don’t mind where you stand or sit, then there really isn’t a bad spot in the area.
Parking passes are sold for $20 each day or $50 for all three days. However, you can park at Pier Park and get picked up by a free shuttle service that will take you to and from the concert each day. My husband and I did this for all three days and would walk back to the car at the end of the concert. The walk was extremely short and we even got to see Karen Fairchild, the lead singer of Little Big Town, up close as she boarded her bus. Walking back prevents you from having to wait in the crowd to catch the shuttle back.
So what kind of artists show up to the Gulf Coast Jam? This year the headliners included Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, and Luke Bryan. Although the headliners played from 10:15 PM- 11:45 PM each night, there were plenty of artists to fill the time. Some of these included Brett Eldredge, Diamond Rio, Tyler Farr, and my personal favorite, Kip Moore.
This year we, unfortunately, had to battle some bad weather on Friday night. The grounds were super muddy all weekend and it started to downpour just as Jason Aldean came to the stage and the show had to be cut short. However, Saturday and Sunday the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had a blast sitting in our chairs listening to the music. We also got to walk around and visit all the vendors who of course were handing out goodies and even free wine samples. There was also plenty of food vendors and my hubby and I loved a sweet tea stand called Bayou Billy’s Sweet Dixie Tea where you can purchase a cute tin mug for $8 and then continue to reuse the mug all weekend and get $1 refills.
If you plan to come to the Jam, the security is pretty strict. Ladies, only bring a small clutch or cross body purse. If you have general admission tickets, you are welcome to bring a small blanket or lawn chairs to sit in. You cannot do this with the VIP tickets. Also, do not try to sneak in any type of liquor. You will be searched TSA style every time you come into the park.
Overall we had a fantastic time and would highly recommend to anyone who loves to put their boots on and listen to some great country music. There are also several great places to take photo ops and there is even an app that will keep you up to date on everything that’s happening at the event. Check out pictures from this year’s event by following #gulfcoastjam.