Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts Headline 2013 Boots and Hearts Festival

Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert will be among the country stars heading north of the border next summer to appear at Canada’s Boots and Hearts Festival.

Next year’s festival will be the second annual country music event, and will be held August 2-4, 2013 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The Band Perry and Dean Brody were also among the first artists announced for the upcoming event, and more acts will be revealed in future months.

Last year’s festival featured acts including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock and Alabama. The event drew between 40,000 and 65,000 concertgoers, depending on which report you read, and however many people were there, they all braved inclement weather throughout much of the festival.

In a press release, Shannon McNevan, managing director/partner of presenter Republic Live 2013 Inc, said fan input contributed to improvements that will be made for the 2013 incarnation of the event.

“We weren’t joking when we said we wanted your help to make Boots and Hearts the best country festival out there, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to make that happen,” McNevan said. “Thankfully we received a boatload of input from our attendees this past summer and our audience has really helped drive the improvements to our 2013 event. As a result, we’ve incorporated free parking and tent camping for anyone who purchases a full-event general admission ticket, free access for children 12 and under and more toilets, showers and on-site experiences for people to enjoy, and we’re just getting started.”

Tickets come as three-day passes, but festival goers also can purchase one-day tickets to each day of the event.

The Boots and Hearts Festival is heralded as “the largest country music festival of its kind ever to be hosted on Canadian soil. It is a three-day celebration of music and art where music lovers of all genres can escape from the rigors of daily life, band together with thousands of other country music fans and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event they will never forget.”